Why I care if North Carolina chooses Barack Obama or Mitt Romney
The making of a political party journeyman
If you wonder where I’ve been for the past year or so, I accepted the challenge of becoming the Precinct Organization Chairman for the Republican Party in Mecklenburg County; the largest county in North Carolina.
When the Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party asked me to meet him for lunch I figured that I was in trouble; which is usually the case, because I tend to have strong opinions and can be controversial at times. I am a triple-threat; a fiscal and social conservative with a Biblical world view. When I was younger, all three of those were considered as normal.
I had been the Precinct Chairman for my home precinct for about a year and had a reputation for keeping the voters in my precinct up to date on current political news and events that I felt might be interesting to them.
Instead of taking me to task for my aggressiveness, he asked me if I would consider becoming the Precinct Organization Chairman for the whole county. That was something to think about. Instead of being responsible for one precinct, I would now be responsible for managing 195 of them.
Lots to do
I accepted and began to do what I could to find precinct chairmen, vice-chairmen, secretaries, block captains, poll watchers and other much-needed volunteers, in order to fill quite a few important vacancies. In a couple of instances I have had to replace nonproductive staff members with more productive ones.
In addition to personnel responsibilities, I also have to make sure that all of the voter guides, volunteers to distribute them and candidate signs are available at every polling site during every election cycle; including primary and pesky runoff elections.
I’m not going to bore you with administrative details but I can tell you that I have been busier than the proverbial one-armed paper hanger.
Today is the last day of early voting and next Tuesday should be the day of reckoning.
On November 6 we will choose a new President and a new Governor. If Mitt Romney is elected President, Pat McCrory becomes the Governor of North Carolina and a few local races turn out the way I want them to, then it will all have been worth it.
After Election Day 2012
On Wednesday morning November 7 I will get up early, have a cup of black coffee, breathe a deep sigh of relief and then get ready to start the process all over again.
You can check out how we are doing at MeckGOP.com