With less than three months to go until the November election, the California Republican Party Board of Directors has approved a structural shake-up some insiders say is meant to limit Chairman Tom Del Beccaro's involvement in the party's strategic planning and fundraising efforts.
The actions, outlined in a draft resolution provided to The Bee, included creating a new 2012 campaign fund that will be controlled by the vice chairman and the treasurer. The board also replaced all members of the Strategic Planning Committee, which it assigned to oversee "Victory 2012 activities to support the election of Republican candidates," including voter turnout and outreach programs and media relations. The board also created new efforts to plan for the party's 2013 convention and develop a plan for renovating the Burbank offices.
The changes were approved during a closed meeting Sunday after the general session of the party's fall convention in Burbank concluded.
Del Beccaro, elected to the position in 2011, has come under fire from some inside the party for failing to raise sufficient cash and backing an effort to qualify a referendum of the newly drawn state Senate maps. The board does not have the ability to remove the chair from his post.
The move came after several weeks of bad press for the party, which has suffered losses in registration numbers and at the ballot box in recent years. It closed the second quarter of the year with virtually no cash on hand. The financial troubles forced officials to lay off staff, including the party's spokeswoman, and downsize the Sacramento headquarters, though other offices have been opened throughout the state.
Del Beccaro is eligible to run for a second term at the party's spring convention next year. He has not publicly said whether he intends to do so. He did not return a message seeking comment left Sunday.
Editor's note: An earlier post incorrectly stated that Del Beccaro is not a member of the new committee. The CRP bylaws state that the chair serves ex officio on all committees.
PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Del Beccaro. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton