ALASKA REPUBLICAN CAUCUS ORGANIZATION 2010
There are really three elections every two years: the primary election, general election, and private caucus elections. You don’t participate in the caucus elections – called the “Organizational Meeting” - unless you survive the primary and general elections. In the first two elections, campaigns are public. In the organization meeting (caucus election) campaigning is conducted privately between legislators. It consists of campaigning for election to Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, Rules Chair, the two Finance Committee Co-Chairs (one for the operating budget, One for the capital budget.), and committee chairmanships.
We ask for “commitments” (promised votes) for the leadership position we seek. You might guess that there’s some “if you commit for this, I’ll commit to that.” What “happens in the organization meeting stays in the organizational meeting.” Or is supposed to stay there. Suffice to say, I was re-elected as Chair of our House State Affairs Committee. I thank my colleagues for that.
For most legislators, and for me, being in a organizational position to best serve constituents is more important than getting chairmanship or membership of a particular committee to serve ourselves.