| CRP takes away chair's flexibility and power in a move that comes as fundraising numbers lag
by Brian Leubitz
It isn't easy being a Republican in California. That's especially true if you came in promising big change and prosperity, but ended up writing a ballot measure opposing your biggest expenditure. And so, there's this:
With less than three months to go until the November election, the California Republican Party Board of Directors has approved a structural shake-up some insiders say is meant to limit Chairman Tom Del Beccaro's involvement in the party's strategic planning and fundraising efforts.(SacBee)
The structural changes take away his power over the 2012 election, registration, and gotv drives. They also form committees to take on what was most of the rest of Del Beccaro's bailiwick. In other words, the chair's role at the CRP has essentially been neutered by their executive committee.
Given that his biggest spending priority, gathering signatures for the senate district referendum turned into something of a disaster, and that his other fundraising numbers have been abysmal, this is not particularly surprising. However, he does always have the dream of a prop 32 victory leading the GOP back to relevancy. (Another reason to make sure we work hard this November!)
Del Beccarro is at something of a loss at this point, without much real authority and much respect among his own party. Should be more fun times at the CRP as they try to rebuild an unpopular brand in the state.