As we suspected, Rep. John Szoka (RINO-Cumberland) was unanimously elected to fill the vacant Republican Conference chairman position. Szoka, a close ally of the House’s ruling troika and a foot soldier for Big Solar, will now be Leadership’s point man on all things political for the caucus — messaging, fundraising, candidate recruitment, strategy.
Does this signify a left turn in the temperament of House Republicans? I asked ONE attendee of the Republican confab in Asheboro:
“It’s not that we’re all in love with Szoka. Let’s face it, it’s a crap job that NOBODY else wanted. Fundraising is a mess. So is strategy and messaging. There is a real short time to try and get things ship-shape. The job puts you under the thumb of Tim Moore, and it’s a no-win situation. You’re going to take a beating if we lose even one seat. And you’ll take a beating for winning seats, with people saying we should have won more. Szoka is going to need every bit of that military training from his old job.”
House Republicans are nearly TWO MILLION BUCKS behind schedule with their fundraising. Big-bucks solar lovers, like Charlotte’s Jay Faison, can help make that up real quick.
With this decision, House Republicans may be setting themselves up to gain a lot of new cash just ahead of the election. But at what price — to them, the party platform, and –us — the taxpayers?