Challenger To Whitbeck Coming Soon
John Whitbeck looks to be quite desperate to be somebody in politics. He ran for and lost the Republican nomination for the 10th HOD seat last year, and now thinks he is qualified to run the 10th Republican Congressional District Committee. With basically ZERO committee experience. Whoever wins this will be sitting on the RPV Executive Committee. You would think people would want someone with some real party experience besides being a losing candidate. Several people told me Howie Lind was leading him around by the arm at last week’s State Central Committee and Whitbeck looked like a deer caught in the headlights. As much as I didn’t care for Howie Lind, you could not argue that he didn’t have significant party experience.
Unfortunately Whitbeck has had a good head start and has lined up a variety of support, with some saying they are supporting him because no one else is running. Hold your horses before committing, folks. Whitbeck is not liked or trusted at all by too many people in the party, and there is a concerted effort underway to find an alternative with experience. Too many people wonder why he has been anointed by some players without having any relevant experience. There has been some serious wheeling and dealing with various political game players all giddy about the prospects of running the 10th District Committee, with an unusual combination of factions involved.
Luckily for the opposition, the people running Whitbeck’s campaign have lost every contested Republican contest that they have run. Whitbeck had a big head start against Minchew and lost. Look for a repeat if the right candidate emerges.