All of this political stalking is merely the prelude to electing enough of their own loyalists to serve their cause when the county GOP Central Committee meets later to vote on the chairmanship.
I must say, however, that I was put off by the announcement by the New Summit County Republicans - the anti-Arshinkoff group -that it had solicited the support of the National Precinct Alliance as its "partner" to help out in filling Corinne Hoover Six, who has mentioned that Tea Partyers would be sought for the cause. I left phone and email messages for her a week ago to fill in some blanks but she has yet to respond.
But Atty. Don Varian, one of the leaders of the anti-Arshinkoff movement, did return a phone call to say that the dissenters have been around long before the Tea Parties and are not physically attached to the current national phenomenon. "We expect to have more precinct committeemen on our side this time because we learned more from our first effort," Varian said. . (The New Summit County Republicans failed by a 2-1 margin a couple of years ago to remove Arshinkoff from the party throne occupied by Arshinkoff for more than three decades.)
There are some Republicans who think it will be a closer contest this time, if not decisive. "One vote at a time," one of the chairman's Republican opponents told me. "One vote at a time."