RALEIGH — After meeting most of the day Saturday, the Central Committee of the N.C. Republican Party offered the job of executive director to Dallas Woodhouse, according to multiple sources. The vote for the day-to-day lead for the party came after a tense day of meetings in Greensboro that included state House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain) and former chairman Claude Pope.
Officially, the party and Woodhouse released nearly identical statements Saturday night.
“The N.C. GOP Central Committee met in Greensboro to discuss the [executive director] role and interview candidates. However, no formal offer has been made or accepted so an official announcement is premature at this time,” the party statement said.
Sources who attended the meetings say that both Woodhouse and Johnny Shull, the former community college instructor and small-town mayor, gave impressive presentations, but that Woodhouse won the vote tally by an easy margin. Woodhouse is well known in state and national conservative circles while Shull was a new name for many on the Central Committee.
It is too soon to tell whether the meeting has healed the establishment/anti-establishment rift evident since Hasan Harnett bested Craig Collins in the election of the party’s chairman in June, sources say. Collins lost even though he had the endorsement of the outgoing chairman as well as many of the highest GOP elected officials, including Gov. Pat McCrory and Sen. Richard Burr.
The meetings in Greensboro did settle one important point. While there had been some questions about financial propriety at the Hillsborough headquarters, an examination of party finances by the Central Committee found that while the coffers are nearly bare, all disbursements are legitimate and accounted for.