Governor Pat McCrory with (left) Gabrielle Barone,
NH Co. GOP Secretary, and (right) Rhonda Amoroso,
newly-appointed member of N.C. Board of Elections.
By VERNE STRICKLAND JUNE 12, 2013
The N.C. Republican Party Convention drew energized GOP faithful to Charlotte on June 7-9, 2013, to take care of business. I interviewed Rhonda Amoroso, newly-appointed member of the North Carolina Board of Elections to get her views on the pivotal meeting:
AMOROSO: There were about 1217 registered delegates there involved in the voting process on Saturday. The main responsibilities were to elect a new party chairman and vice chairman. Also on Saturday the delegates were able to attend various dinners and lunches. Karl Rove was the keynote Saturday evening speaker, and actually Karl spoke to a packed house, probably about 500 people. He was on fire, talking about one scandal after another. He was very well-received.
Friday evening, Governor McCrory spoke at the banquet along with Scott Brown who was U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, but was defeated by a left-wing liberal, Elizabeth Warren. He was actually quite good. J.C. Watts addressed the convention and he did a good job as well. Deneen Borelli spoke on Saturday. She’s an African-American conservative with a lead in Project 21. She has a book out called “Blacklash”, and you’ve probably seen her on Fox News and The Blaze. A very interesting lady.
On Saturday, folks had the opportunity to go to break-out sessions on a number of important subjects. I attended one entitled “Calling All Republican Lawyers” and it was excellent. A number of Supreme Court judges were there – Newby, and a number of court of appeal judges. There were lots of opportunities for mingling.
I attended one of the excellent break-out sessions -- campaign finance briefing led by Kim Strach, who is executive director for the State Board of Elections, to which I was appointed by Governor McCrory. Kim talked about the ten top issues in campaign financing. On balance, I think there was something for everyone, and I have friends and colleagues I visited with, which was especially useful in my new state role, as I could be in touch with people from all 100 counties.
THE TEA PARTY, LIBERTARIANS AND THE NCGOP