You could call it shameless accrual of political power, or you could call it selfless public service. I incline toward the latter, because I’ve had a tiny taste of it.
Whatever you call it, there is no question that there may be some surprises in store for the new precinct committeecritter in your locale.
Certainly, a committeeman should expect the normal duties of registering voters, raising funds, supporting civic clubs, finding candidates, etc. But depending on your local laws and party rules, you may find yourself making much more important decisions.
A few weeks ago, we noted that Arizona’s GOP State Chair was removed from office by a single local district committee.
But there’s more. Much, much more.
Appointive Offices and Vacancies.
When governors, mayors, etc. make appointments to fill commissions and boards, the first pool of candidates they usually examine is the pool of precinct committeemen. That same pool of precinct committeemen is usually the first examined when a governor or mayor must make an appointment (search the linked article on ‘central committee’) to fill a vacancy in this or that commission, board or council. In some areas, these vacancy appointments can reach into state legislatures and even US Congress.
Of course, it all depends on your local laws and party bylaws. You will learn both if you serve.
Local Committees Fill Vacancies Directly
But not all vacancies are filled by the local executive branch. In many areas, it’s up to the local party committee to fill a vacancy like Sheriff. Or state senator. Or a local city council. and yes, even US Congress.
The liberals have known how to play this game for the last 30 or 40 years and they have played it well. It’s the reason we find ourselves surrounded at every government level with victicrats, politically correct ‘public servants’ who are so open-handed with our tax revenues.
So the question becomes: do you want to let these pools of candidates continue to be filled with selfish, power-hungry politicians? Do you want to be filling these vacancies yourself?
Or do you want to leave it up to someone else?
Historically, we’ve made the latter choice and it has not served us.
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