Barbour calls on colleagues to raise own 2012 funds

DALLAS — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour startled Republican officials from around the country with a blunt admonition Wednesday: Raise enough money to carry your state for the GOP in 2012 — or get out of the way and let someone else lead.

“The days of you and your state being able to rely on the Republican National Committee for money to get out the vote are over,” Mr. Barbour told the state GOP chairmen. “You will have to raise the money yourselves.”

Mixing tough language with humor, he said they are “where the rubber meets the road” and only they can find the money to get out a winning vote.

“If any of you don’t think you can do that, and devote every waking hour to 2012, then you are in the wrong job, and someone else should take your place,” the popular former RNC chairman said.

Washington Times
5/18/11