Throughout the past two days buzz hadÂ been growing that an organized effort to unseat McLaughlin as Chairman would take place, and rumors were flying that the person spearheading this undertaking was Rep. Kim Pearson (R-Pleasant Hill).Â What is clear following the meeting is that she was never involved at any level, andÂ that the leader of the group aiming to replace the Chairman was in fact precinct 85 resident Craig Bergman.
TheÂ only fireworks transpired at the beginning of the meeting when a motion was made to suspend the rules and normal proceedings of the meeting and instead have a vote on removing the Chairman.Â Â What played out was that, by a nearÂ three to one margin (91-39), the central committee voted to proceed with the meeting’s business as usual and have the showdownÂ afterward.Â Presumably based on the large majority who stood in support of putting off the vote, the contingent on hand to oppose the Chairman realized that they did not have the numbersÂ and chose toÂ stand down on this night.
Perhaps the most memorable and foretelling moment of the night came when Chairman McLaughlin, on mic and standing at the podium, was explaining to aÂ confused group of members that he was not avoiding a vote on his fate.Â He summed it up by saying,Â “if anyone wants to try to ‘send me to the showers’ they are welcome to do that”,Â which he followed aÂ few seconds laterÂ with,Â “That said, I don’t intend to go to the showers I intend to finish my job.”
Clearly Kevin McLaughlin is notÂ backing awayÂ anytime soon, and neitherÂ is the sizable sect passionate that his performance as Chairman has not been up to par.Â Based on the numbers it is hard to see how this group, in its current size and form, will be able to successfully remove the leadership in the middleÂ of their term.Â It is fair to note, however, that while this effort was denied tonight, there has been widespread discontent and rumblings regarding what has beenÂ perceived as several organizational shortcomings.
My sense moving forward is that McLaughlin and his team will survive any future attempts to remove him.Â The final decider here will ultimately be what it always is–results.Â If their performance in November demonstrates success in electing Republicans, particularly Tom Latham, then their style and methods will be vindicated and they will be lauded.Â Should they notÂ meet expectations, and should theyÂ fail to deliver a number of victories similar to their very successful predecessors–they will be quickly voted out in January.
Conservatives are often fond of saying that results, not good intentions, are what matters.Â What we have here is a perfect embodiment of this…as it should be.