RALEIGH – Not long after Michael Whatley was elected chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse was reportedly shown the door. Now the question of who will replace him lingers. The Hayes-Woodhouse era was unique in that the executive director assumed so much of the load, while the chairman became a figurehead.
The Whatley era maybe altogether different, but the E.D. will inevitably remain a more prominent position than before. The Daily Haymaker, with their ear pressed to the wall of the rumor mill has a short list overheard front-runners. for the position. Unlike the chairman role, the E.D. is hired by the party committees. This will be the hire that, in many ways, ushers the party through 2020 presidential, congressional, legislative, and local elections.
The significance of the electoral stretch immediately before the NCGOP, especially within context of ground lost and malfeasance endured in recent years, does not seem to be lost on Chairman Whatley.
In an interview with the North State Journal Whatley said:
“I’ve never seen a cycle like this where we’ve got such a great opportunity to pick up the Republican Governor. We’re going to have the most expensive Senate race in the country, and, obviously, President Trump has to win North Carolina. We’ve got to deliver the votes for him.”
He campaigned on having a ‘Reset in Raleigh,’ which is exactly what Republicans will need to fully capitalize on the 2020 elections. The executive director pick will be instrumental in how the reset operates, for better or worse.