RALEIGH – Dallas Woodhouse, the N.C. GOP’s Central Committee pick for executive director, says he is working out the details of the offer and hopes to be on the job within days. The Central Committee met all day in Greensboro on Saturday, voting to extend an offer Woodhouse over former Coats mayor Johnny Shull.Woodhouse posted a picture on Facebook of his visit with Shull as they watched the N.C. State football game.
While the hiring process has been an ordeal, with candidates scared off over concerns about the N.C. GOP’s financial state and adjustments to new chairman Hasan Harnett, the heavy lift is still ahead for Woodhouse. He takes the reins of the state party in a year that will see the re-election campaigns of Gov. Pat McCrory, Sen. Richard Burr, and a Republican majority in the General Assembly.
According to those close to the search process, Woodhouse had the support of McCrory, state House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger for the job. Woodhouse’s comments to the Central Committee yesterday and his decades of work building grassroots energy around Republican candidates made him a clear choice.
There was still hesitation among the group though. Woodhouse’s aggressive style inspires supporters to be fiercely loyal, but also raises eyebrows. Insiders say his deep understanding of conservative public policy and ability to translate it into easily digestible messaging ultimately won the day for him.
Woodhouse replaces Todd Poole, who left the executive director post to become chief of staff for Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.). He is currently the founder and executive director of Carolina Rising, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting free-market policies and limited government. He says he will make the transition from that role to the N.C. GOP position over the next week.