Jan 6, 2015 10:01 AM

Kevin Landrigan: Paying the GOP NH chairman? Party takes it up this weekend


CONCORD - The state Republican Party will consider changing its bylaws to pay its chief executive.

Amherst Republican Committee Chairman Mark Vincent has a proposal for Saturday's convention that would give the chairman of the GOP State Committee 9 percent of what the party raises.

Transfers from the Republican National Committee and like party organizations would not count.

"You really have to look at what the job is, what the hours are, and what you expect," Vincent said. "It is a full-time job and a half to do it right."

Chairman Jennifer Horn of Nashua is running for a second, two-year term without any opposition.

The change would designate the chairman as an independent contractor who could be paid for standard travel reimbursements. The change would leave intact a ban on paying members of the GOP's Executive Committee.

If the bylaw amendment had been in place for the past two years, the state GOP chair would have earned an average of $91,000 per year.

The Democratic Party chairman is a paid position as Raymond Buckley receives a salary principally diverted through donations to the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Other proposed changes strike at the heart of new House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, who seized the gavel principally through Democratic votes; former Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, was the choice of the GOP caucus but lost out to Jasper in the third-ballot upset.

Nashua City Chairman Andrew Cernota's plan would block any member of the state committee from taking part in such a renegade move to deny a GOP caucus nominee an elected position.

There are other proposals for city and council committees to remove members for cause and for the state party to suspend a member who violates by-laws.


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