Establishment Meddles in National Committeeman, National Committewoman Races
The Republican Establishment is now meddling in the races for Maryland Republican National Committeeman and National Committeewoman.
In a letter sent to Republica Central Committee members by Maryland Republican Party Chairman Dirk Haire, a letter on Trump campaign letterhead bearing the President’s signature presented an endorsement of incumbent National Committeeman David Bossie and National Committeewoman Nicolee Ambrose.
The email text to Central Committee members from Haire, said:
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Dear CC Members:
President Trump asked me to share with you his letter endorsing Nicolee Ambrose for National Committeewoman and Dave Bossie for National Committeeman. Just as we did in 2018 for Governor Hogan, I believe it is important that our Party show a united front behind our President who is running for reelection. Thank you for your support of our Party and our President.
Maryland Republican Party
This is not the first time that the Republican establishment has meddled in Maryland politics when they had better things to do. This was something also done in 2013 by Reince Priebus without the knowledge of the State Party. The RNC has also meddled in National Committeeman and National Committeewoman races before, but never to this extent.
It’s baffling to me why the Republican establishment or the President’s campaign are meddling in this kind of thing right now, nor do I understand what possible benefit meddling in this race (which Greg last night described as basically a “student council position”) during a tough re-election campaign.
Attempts to stack the deck for establishment candidates have occurred in the past, and often backfired; the establishment stacked the deck for National Committeewoman candidate Audrey Scott in 2012. Ironically she was defeated by anti-establishment insurgent candidate Nicolee Ambrose.
EDIT: This post has been updated to confirm that the letter was indeed signed by the President.