The powerful New Hampshire Union Leader called for Jack Kimball to step down as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee in a Friday editorial that follows months of bad press about his performance in office.
“We don’t pretend to know just what ails the state Republican Party apparatus at the moment, but if party chairman Jack Kimball hasn’t stepped down by the time this piece goes public, we hope he will take the hint soon,” reads the editorial.
“[Granite State voters] were eager for an alternative,” it concludes. “But that alternative doesn’t spring, full-grown, from the earth. It needs care and feeding. Sununu did that. Kimball has not. The party needs a change, now.”
The call comes after the Executive Committee decided to hold a special meeting next week to remove Kimball. Kimball then retorted in an e-mail that they would have to wait until September 1st, according to Party bylaws. Meanwhile, NH Journal is told Kimball spent time attempting to rally his troops with a furious round of phone calls to tea party leaders. As of this filing, it is unclear how Kimball’s allies – or perhaps former allies – responded.
The Union Leader also calls on the federal delegation and Speaker Bill O’Brien to step in and assert some control over the party. NH Journal has learned that there has been extensive communications among these leaders and each of them has expressed a deep level of concern about that state of the Republican Party.