RIGOP Nominating Convention Results
After three highly contested rounds of balloting, the delegates to the Rhode Island Republican Party State Convention elected Rep. Carol Mumford of Scituate to fill the remainder of National Committeewoman Eileen Slocum’s current term, as well as to be the National Committeewoman for the next four years. The convention also elected Rep. Joseph Trillo of Warwick to be the new National Committeeman. His four-year term will take effect following the 2008 Republican National Convention in September.Rep. Trillo, in what some would consider a mild upset, beat incumbent Committeeman Robert Manning.
Jon Scott of Providence received the party endorsement for US Congress (Dist. 1)
Mark Zaccaria of North Kingstown received the party endorsement for US Congress (Dist. 2)
Robert Tingle of Westerly received the party endorsement for US Senate.
Will Ricci, who is very familiar with the internal workings of the RI GOP, offers a detailed assessment of the national committee results…
I don’t think the Joe Trillo winning was as much as an “upset” as one might think, given several factors. First, Joe actually was the endorsed (by the nominating committee) candidate going into the convention. I think that’s because he’s a very hard worker (he’s also very vocal, whereas Rob tends to be more reserved). Secondly, after the first round of voting last night showed essentially 1/3 of the votes going to each of the three National Committeeman candidates, Scott Avedesian made a strategic move to drop out and back Joe Trillo. I think Scott knew that if Joe was the one who volunteered to drop out, that Joe’s vote would be totally up for grabs, and in a head to head race against the incumbent Rob Manning, Scott would lose. Rob is still the NCM for the upcoming Republican National Convention.
If anything, the major upset of the night was Rep. Carol Mumford’s win over the two more established candidates, Norma Willis and Pat Morgan. Carol is a very smart woman who I know will make a great impression with those she works with and with the local media.