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Rumor Mongering: Should GOP Chair Be Paid?

Updated: Apr 15

This has been raised to me several times over the last few days, to the point where I’m just going to throw it out there as a blind item. Word about town is that at least one of the hopefuls in the race to take on the Arkansas Republican Party chair post expects to be paid for the position.

This rumor’s been floating around, and I’m hearing from several folks who are grumbling about it. Like, say, this individual, who e-mailed me the other day:

I think having a paid Chairman is a terrible idea. The Chairman is supposed to be a figurehead that raises money. If the money being raised goes to pay the Chairman then we aren’t raising any money to spend on candidates.

As the saying goes, I don’t have a dog in this fight. I don’t expect to be advocating for or against any of these characters for chair, because I thought about it for 2 minutes and realized that I don’t care much. But if any of the candidates do think that the party chair position should be salaried work, well, I suppose others will let them know what they think about that.

Is this a good idea? Anyone hearing anything else on this?

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