The NCGOP has been beset in recent years by a cadre of wealthy idealogues (incl. Pope, Cobey) who believe the state party should be characterized by rigid adherence to their ideas. The most controversial element of the crusade has been an effort to purge the party of those who don't fit the mold, including Speaker Pro Tempore Richard Morgan. In 2004, the state party spent many thousands of dollars to unseat sitting Republicans and replace them with loyalists. And they plan to do it again this year.
Now some local Republicans are fighting back, demanding that the state party respect their right to choose their own candidates. The latest group to fight back are the Moore county Republicans:
The resolution adopted Saturday calls for the [NCGOP's] State Plan of Organization to be amended to say that the state finance committee “shall not, directly or indirectly, raise or collect funds for the benefit of any candidates in primary elections, nor shall said committee pay any funds to any candidates in primary elections.
Payments may be made to candidates by said committee only to candidates in general elections.”
It also asks that the State Plan be amended to read that: “Each officer and each member of the State Executive Committee, and said committee in its entirety, shall refrain from utilizing the powers and dignity of his, her or their office or position in any Republican Primary for public office at any level.”
Adoption of the resolution is unlikely to have any effect on the state committee or the State Plan of Organization because no meetings are scheduled prior to the May primaries.
It's a question that I suppose every state party has to answer: will it operate from from the top down and represent the political will of the urban elite? Or will it be run from the grassroots up and represent the voices of local party members?