Chief of Party

Pratheek, Caleb, Sima, Brennen

Chief of Party

In this role, the president helps members of his political party get elected or appointed to office. The president campaigns for those members who have supported his policies. At the end of a term the president may campaign for reelection.

The primary purpose of the the chief of party role is to get his party elected and re-elected to roles in the government. As the chief of the party the president endorses campaigns and shows at events that are necessary foe pushing his party forward in the political arena.

Importance of the role

Party allegiance and dominance is crucial to politicians in party systems. Projecting correct party image and heading the party well can lead to long scale dominance. Take for instance the Republican victory of 1896, which helped to establish solid Republican dominance until a party split and a loss in the election of 1912. As chief of the party, the president has the power to establish and maintain long-standing party allegiance within various groups. Moreover, by appointing leaders such as cabinet members of his own party, he both makes his administration more unified, and he also grooms more potential candidates for his own job. This is especially true in the days when Secretary of State was considered a stepping stone to the presidency. Helping legislators use their power suggestion better.