I have been alerted to the fact that members of the State GOP Central Committee are in the process of receiving letters from Republican National Committeewoman Joyce Lyons Tehres informing them of her decision to step down from her current position when her term ends in August.
The departure of Tehres, a former state party chair who has been a fixture in state politics for decades, raises the question of who will take her place.
In the past the position has typically been occupied by grand dames such as Helen Chamberlain, Helen Bentley, and Ellen Sauerbrey. Its responsibilities have included traveling around the state attending local party events and representing the MD GOP at RNC events and conferences.
Given the challenges the state GOP is facing, I hope that whoever the party selects next will take the national committeewoman position beyond its present emeritus role and into more dynamic territory.
The national committeewoman slot can be so much more than a thank you prize bestowed upon party elders. The right person in the job could help the party meet its responsibilities in the areas of fundraising, messaging, and candidate recruitment.
Members of the State GOP Central Committee will now have at least one, and likely two, of the party's senior offices to fill in the coming months. For the party's sake, I hope they make the right choices.
I'm sure a lot of people will want the job. The challenge is finding someone who wants to do something with it.