On Thursday, RTP took Rep. Ryan Haynes to task for not showing up for his current job (state representative) while he was pursuing another political job (state GOP chairman). Within hours of that posting, Haynes announced he would resign his state rep. position should he win the GOP chairman’s job.
Gee, Ryan, we didn’t mean for you to quit your day job, at least not just yet. We primarily wanted you to do the job you were elected to do before you go traipsing off for greener pastures.
As much as RTP would like to take credit for forcing Haynes into his Shermanesque resignation pledge, political types a lot smarter than us are telling RTP Haynes’ promise had more to do with Rep. Mary Littleton’s entry into the chairman’s race (more on this in postings later).
Despite our protests to the contrary, it is not impossible for a sitting member of the legislature to do the job of state party chair (it’s been done at least twice before, most recently by Rep. Beth Harwell), although we would prefer the two not mix. The main complaint we had with Rep. Haynes is that it took him only a nanosecond to walk away from his elected post to pursue his political ambitions — just like it took him a nanosecond before he promised to leave his state rep post before the session was even over if he got elected party chairman.
The lesson here for Ryan Haynes: Opportunism is never pretty…
/äpərˈt(y)o͞oˌnizəm/ — Opportunism is the conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances – with little regard for principles, or with what the consequences are for others. Opportunist actions are expedient actions guided primarily by self-interested motives.