Saturday, July 6, 2013
We have a winner!
Though some think the 30% for Maier a significant vote against Harrison, I disagree. Many congregations are not at district conventions so that diminishes the number of eligible voters already. I think 78% is credible for a rather radical shift from convention election to parish centered one. This was also the first electronic election and there may have been tech issues for some voters. I also disagree that Maier had no PR in this campaign since the point of his nomination seems less to win than to steal a margin of victory from Harrison. Also those for his election did not seek a national campaign with direct appeal but to rally their (moderate/missional) base -- which they did under the radar mostly. I think Harrison can take this as a mandate to continue his direction but I expect a more serious challenge 3 years from now unless the climate changes.