In an unfolding drama, embattled Republican State Chairman Jack Kimball is facing a full-blown revolt today that is sure to have national implications as the party plans to stage the nation’s first presidential primary of the 2012 election in just a few months.
Kimball called for the resignation of his Executive Director Will Wrobleski in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, but Wrobleski refused his request and insists he won’t leave his position until forced out by Kimball.
NH Journal had planned to run the story earlier today but received conflicting reports about whether Wrobleski had quit or been fired. Either way, he’s not likely to be back to work.
Kimball had attempted to settle the matter peacefully because he fears Wrobleski will go public with internal information about the inner workings of Kimball’s administration. Kimball’s tenure as Chairman has been plagued by dismal fundraising, brutal infighting, and two stunning special election defeats.
The drama follows a devastating e-mail Monday night by Wayne MacDonald, the party’s long-serving Assistant Chairman, to the party’s Executive Committee members in which MacDonald said he was cleaning out his office and washing his hands of the party as long as Kimball remains Chairman.
In addition, the party’s Field Director Jake Avery attempted to resign from the party after Kimball was caught on camera signing a petition to allow the Libertarian Party on the state ballot, a move that violates the GOP’s bylaws and is grounds for Kimball’s removal. Wrobleski asked Avery to stay just last week, but sources tell NH journal he will be leaving the party, as well.