Jack Brosch, a Charlotte businessman who ran for Congress as a tea party candidate last year, calls himself a "New Republican" in the mold of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Now he wants to bring that outsider mentality to North Carolina's Republican Party.
Brosch hopes to get elected state chairman when the GOP meets for its state convention in Charlotte in June. He was prepared to challenge current Chairman Robin Hayes, before Hayes announced he wouldn't run.
Now he expects to face Claude Pope, a former chair of the Wake County GOP and cousin of conservative financier, and now state budget director, Art Pope. Claude Pope's campaign manager is a former executive director of the state party. His spokesman is Gov. Pat McCrory's nephew.
To Brosch, who lost to 12th District Democrat Mel Watt last fall, the choice is clear.
"These things add up to kind of an establishment candidate," he says.
Says Pope: "I see myself very much as an outsider." If elected, he says he would pull together tea party and other conservatives.
"We want to work with all of those organizations to put together the kind of ground work it takes to build a majority," he said.
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When North Carolina Republicans meet in Charlotte to pick a new state chairman in June, they'll have a choice of at least two men.