Growing pains for Texas Republicans

The Lubbock Avalanche Journal has a story about a possible challenge for the leadership of the Texas Republican party. GOP Chairwoman Tina Benkiser is facing a challenge from Tom Mechler and Mark McCaig. Most people pay little attention to the competition for control over state parties (They will, however, complain about how far out of touch the parties are). However, party leaders can play an important role in the selection of the party’s nominees as well as the general health of the party.

The good news for Republicans is that their party is worth fighting over. Becoming a majority means that there are more people and interests in the GOP. A broader the range of political interests in the party means more room for disagreements. More influence in the hands of party canididates means more interest in the party’s power structure.

The Texas Republican party has done a good job in winning local races. However, some Republicans feel that the their near loss of their majority in the Texas House was a warning sign and that changes are needed.

The result of this challenge will receive less notice than the battle between Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison. However, the long-term impact on the success and direction of the party could be just as big.

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