Serving on an obscure committee might seem like a minor point. It's not. At last summer's Republican convention there was a floor fight involving the Rules Committee's efforts to shut out the grassroots.
Until a few days ago, Ed Martin, Catherine Hanaway, and Lance Beshore had a deal.
Ed Martin was recently elected Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party and had an agreement with Catherine Hanaway and Lance Beshore that Martin would serve on the National Republican Rules committee. Hanaway and Beshore are the Missouri GOP's National Committeewoman and Committeeman respectively. Along with Martin, the three decide who serves on the Rules committee and they had all agreed that it would be Martin.
Lance Beshore has served on the Rules committee for the past twelve years and would like to continue in that capacity. He's the wrong man for the job. Beshore's bio on GOP.com indicates that he:
...serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri State Chamber of Commerce and he has chaired the Board of Directors of the Freeman Health System for the past nineteen years.
The expansion also has the backing of hospitals and health care providers in the state. Nixon met with officials of Freeman Health System, Mercy Hospital and others before his presentation.
Paula Baker, president of Freeman Health System, said the session was primarily to review the points Nixon would be making in the presentation.
“He didn’t need to sell us on it,” Baker said.
The grassroots Republican fight for the past several years has been opposition to Obamacare and, therefore, Medicaid expansion. Beshore appears to support it. Now, perhaps he's opposed it, but just done so ineffectually at both the Chamber of Commerce and Freeman Health System. Whether he's on the wrong side of the issue or just ineffectually, he's clearly the wrong person for the job.
Ed Martin has a track record of fighting Obamacare and would fight for conservative principals if called on to serve on the Nation Republican Party's Rules Committee.