N.C. GOP leaders Woodhouse, Lewis survive challenges

HIGH POINT – Leaders of the North Carolina Republican Party met in High Point on Saturday, where Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse and national committeeman and state Rep. David Lewis overcame challenges to their leadership from party members who say they are not conservative enough.

Dallas Woodhouse.

Dallas Woodhouse.

Woodhouse survived a vote of no confidence by the party’s executive committee, a congregation of more than 500 party members statewide that can send items to the smaller and more powerful central committee. Woodhouse has been the day-to-day director of party operations since late September. The central committee offered Woodhouse the post after Todd Poole left the job to become U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson’s chief of staff.

Lewis, chairman of the powerful House Rules committee in the General Assembly, also serves as national committeeman for the state and faced down a move to impeach him in the party’s executive committee. National committeeman is one of three positions from each state — along with state chairman and national committeewoman — that work with the Republican National Committee to allocate resources that help to elect Republican candidates nationwide.

Following the vote, Lewis pointed to the successes the party has seen recently.

“I think the N.C. GOP has made remarkable gains in electing conservatives and making North Carolina’s government more accountable and efficient,” Lewis said. “I think Saturday’s vote of confidence shows most Republicans in our state recognize the progress we’ve made and that there are many more items on which we agree than those we don’t.”

Lewis also expressed support for the work Woodhouse has done since being named executive director.