I try not to do Politics over the Holidays. Every once in a while it is nice to step back, renew old interests, and balance yourself. I have done this a few times on this blog which I believe has gone a long way into helping me moderate my tone which is largely responsible for the moderate success that we have had on this blog. That being said, I am going to weigh in on the latest Pullen/James debate, and try to remain even-keeled.
1. The Campaign Finance Angle- Obviously, this is not a public election per se, so Lisa James should not be required to disclose spending. Starting the web page was indeed a very good idea, and should make her more accessible to those who may not know her very well. I was a little frightened by the "donate" link, but I see that that goes to the party in general, so it is not a problem. My technical critique would be to eliminate it, all the same, to avoid confusion and to remove the impression that she is running for public office.
2. The James election/appointment Angle- Again, although slightly convoluted, it appears that everything is indeed above board and legal. People need to stop trying to find technicalities to disqualify candidates, welcome debate, and allow each idea to be fielded by those best able to present them. I am fairly certain that a Lisa James-Randy Pullen square-off will be good for the party in general and really needs to happen, whatever is needed to bring that about.
That being said, I must admit that things do not look good for Lisa, and I wonder if those on her side of the argument could have provided a better challenger, at this point of the game, to carry their banner. That is not to say anything negative about Lisa. She looks to have been drafted to run for this position and was done so at the last moment. This always puts a candidate behind the eight ball, and even more so with a smaller universe of precinct committee elections. In addition to the web site, Lisa has been keeping a furious schedule in visiting the corners of the state, making sure that people have met her and feel more familiar with her. Hard work, however, rarely trumps meticulous preparation. Randy Pullen seems to have been putting places in place for quite a while before his number was called, possibly looking to challenge Salmon had he not stepped down.
Lisa needs to do a better job projecting her support. At the District 26 meeting, Pullen had Al Melvin speak on his behalf. Some might have thought this a bad choice, but it did show that Pullen had the ability to have others, and remember that Melvin did win the district Republican primary quite handily, speak their support for him. He probably could have attended in person, much as James did, but this could be argued far more effective if done from district to district. Pullen can also do this because he knows most if not all of the committemen and women already and does not need to introduce himself.
If you go to Lisa's site, you can see that her support consists of Kirk Adams and
Again, the James-Pullen debate needs to happen, and each can articulate their positions well. I just fear that the people in the James corner failed to prepare properly, and it has and will weaken them. It also, fair or not, shows an overall weakness in organization which is the precise duty of the State Chair.
I welcome any input from anybody from either the Pullen or James camp and will dutifully publish any articles they wish to submit in support of their candidacies, as long as I do not end up as a testimonial on either site :)