RIGOP Nominating Convention Results

Will Ricci of the Ocean State Republican has a roundup of the major results from last night’s state GOP nominating convention…

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.
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.
Rep. Trillo, in what some would consider a mild upset, beat incumbent Committeeman Robert Manning.
UPDATE:
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.

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Greg
Greg
13 years ago

I listened to Jon Scott on Yorke the other day. Boy is he an empty suit. He’s the middle school kid who claims he’s a good enough quarterback to take on the varsity team.
But he’s gonna help the ‘down ticket’ candidates…
Thanks for calling, Grover. The check is in the mail.

FrankSantos
FrankSantos
13 years ago

Yes Greg.
You are getting sleepy.
Very sleepy.
Good.
Now repeat everything that Dan Yorke tells you to.
Dan is your master.
Now quack like a duck.

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

Missed closing a tag there, Andrew.
If you’re going to go after political royalty you’re going to need better ammo than Jon “I can’t get 30% of the vote against a drugged up loser” Scott can offer. Period. And with daddy slated to croak as the October surprise (with his deathbed ‘vote Obama’ speech) it will be nigh impossible for Patrick to lose.

Will
13 years ago

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.
I know Joe and Carol have a good working relationship, so I think that bodes well for the party going forward.

Todd West
Todd West
13 years ago

What about that state rep from Little Compton – Laughlin, I though he was running against Kennedy?

Scott Bill Hirst
Scott Bill Hirst
13 years ago

Hi!
It is tough to run and loose. The meeting literally went on for hours! I got home after 1 P.M.,. Left with two others from Hopkinton when last vote was taken for National Committeewoman.
Patricia Morgan, I hope was humbled by her defeat. It is terrible thing to say but she has antagonized a number of people not only me.
Regards,
Scott

Scott Bill Hirst
Scott Bill Hirst
13 years ago

Hi!
It should be lose not loose and 1:00 A.M.! Tiring night, that’s for sure! Dan Yorke was there but other than acknowleging him, we did not talk.
Regards,
Scott

Will
13 years ago

Jon can run rings around Pat in the brains department. He’s well spoken and has a good grasp of issues that face normal people … because he is a normal person. If nothing else, Jon’s race will require Pat to at least put in some effort to campaign, and will hopefully take away from any time he may use to help other candidates. Jon is a lot more organized than some may believe.
As for the national committee races, I think we finished just before 12:30 AM (I say think, because I was halfway delirious by the end). I was doing the voter check-in and also helped with the ballot counting. Again, it was highly competitive and well fought by all.
I got home about 1:00 AM too (I know it felt like 1:00 PM). For some reason, I didn’t think Scott H. would be disappointed by the outcome. 😉

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

Oh please. Patrick won’t even debate him. He’ll hardly acknowledge that he even HAS an opponent and he’ll still win with 75% of the vote. Who are you kidding?

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

Patches starts with 40 percent of the vote because he’s a Kennedy, and Scott starts off with 40 because he’s NOT a Kennedy.
I’m still not ready to forgive Patches the robocalls for Ralph Mollis.

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

And yet Rhody, with that reality Jon Scott only managed to eek out under 30% of the vote in the last election.

Scott Bill Hirst
Scott Bill Hirst
13 years ago

Hi!
Some thoughts about Thursday Night!
1. I spoke on behalf of Bob Tingle. I have known Bob for a number of years now. He is articulate and has the gumption to do what most others wouldn’t.
2.The defeat of Patricia Morgan in the National Committeewoman’s race. Needless to say I am GRATIFIED at her defeat and I hope she is somehow HUMBLED if she knows what the word means. Perhaps she will realize she is not the only person in the party. I wish Tina Harsch and Martha Stamp would have had a better showing but it was a tough field to be in. Norma Willia is a great lady who in the end lost to an active Republican State Rep. Carol Mumford.
3. Joe Trillo has done a lot for the party.He was greatly helped by the withdrawal of Scott Avedesian in the National Committeeman’s race.While incumbent Robert Manning lost his seat he should be acknowledged for his work in the post.
4.The meeting should have been centrally located at least for something like this endorsement meeting.A weekend would have been prefereable especially in the afternoon.
5. Eileen Slocum who has resigned as National Committeewoman was not present and she will long be remembered by Rhode Island Republicans. Carol was elected for both Eileen’s unexpired term and the new full term on the National Committee.
Regards,
Scott

Anthony
Anthony
13 years ago

Of the three candidates, Trillo was the most deserving.
The only thing Rob Manning achieved during his time was an unsuccessful attempt to help Steve Laffey prevent the party from getting a half-million dollars in the last Senate race.
Avedisian’s chances were hurt by an impression that he doesn’t really believe in GOP principles and that he was running out of self-interest to promote himself for a future congressional race–“Ask not I can do for the GOP, but what the GOP can do for me”.
To his credit, Trillo has worked to help candidates and to promote Republican principles in the public domain.
The election came out the way it should have.

Johnny the Good
Johnny the Good
13 years ago

Trillo is deserving, but a little clarification….Manning was trying to tell the truth that the money was not going to help local candidates but merely to help Chafee…As for Avedisian, yes that is true about his principles as it was of Chafee. In a head to head between Avedisian and Manning, Manning would have won, which is why Avedisian dropped out and backed Trillo. Trillo is fine. Thankfully Morgan failed too, and we have Mumford.

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