The New Hampshire Republican State Committee is in disarray and Chairman Jack Kimball is reeling under the strain of a job he thought would be a piece of cake, multiple Republican sources tell NH Journal.
As the Journal first reported last week, Kimball has drained state party finances to such an extent that it has a mere $1,300 left in its federal account, the account from which is pays most of its expenses. And on Monday, WMUR’s James Pindell reported that Kimball is now aware of a “coup attempt” within the party to dethrone him.
The Journal can confirm a plot is indeed in place to oust Kimball. For weeks the Journal has investigated a swirling series of rumors about a plan to depose Kimball. Paradoxically, those looking to dump Kimball are actually hoping the GOP will lose a pair of upcoming special elections. The thinking is that the GOP needs to hit rock bottom before the ouster – or “coup” as Kimball terms it – can be successful.
Multiple Republican sources also tell the Journal that Kimball is now visibly regretful that he ever took the job to State Party Chairman. He frequently castigates his friends and tea party allies for pushing him to seek the position and grumbles that few are helping him.
The Journal can also report that the state party’s financial situation under Kimball has become so dire that the party has asked the Strafford County GOP for a loan of $1,000 so it can host a fundraising event with presidential candidate Herman Cain. As of press time it was unclear whether the loan will occur.
Some Republican sources have defended Kimball, however. The problem, these sources say, lies in his selection of Will Wrobleski as executive director of the party. One source claims that Wrobleski frequently rejects innovative fundraising ideas in favor of costly events with the presidential candidates, which have failed to meet revenue expectations to date.
[Correction: Dover City GOP Chair Chris Buck writes: “I brought forward the motion at the Strafford County GOP meeting, and it was originally my suggestion in a private conversation with Jack [Kimball]. I was trying to be helpful.”]