John Massoud either never sleeps or somehow manages to clone himself about three days a week. John is Chairman of the Sixth Congressional District Republican Committee, an office to which he was elected just about a year ago. Prior to that, John served as Vice Chairman of the Committee.
John is a veritable whirlwind of activity. He is constantly on the phone with people around the district. He frequently shows up at local unit meetings. He talks with people at Republican events all over the district – and outside of it as well.
John’s responsibilities as Chairman include representing the Sixth District on not only the State Central Committee (SCC) but also on the Executive Committee of the SCC. You may remember that the SCC had some rather, er, vigorous discussions for the six months ending in May of this year. In addition, John took part in a number of conversations outside of the regular SCC meetings trying to create strategies by which we could reach a conclusion to an altogether much too absurd logjam.
Additionally, John is a member of the Strasburg Town Council where he has had an extremely important role in reducing the town’s budget, strengthening the police department, and defending our Second Amendment rights. He also has had a prominent role in increasing Republican voting percentages at a time when Democrats are moving to the town as a bedroom community to the Washington, D.C., megopolis.
John also makes that commute because he is Vice President of a very large company that took a huge hit during the quarantine. Even though receipts were down significantly, John took care of his employees at the same time he worked tirelessly to keep his company afloat through the nightmare that has been Covid. And he maintained his generosity. He never backed out on a financial commitment to non-business causes just because business was tight.
John is constantly on the phone with the people of the Sixth District. He does it in part because he genuinely likes people. But more importantly, he does it to figure out what the people of the Sixth need him to do as Chairman. Staying in touch and listening is one of the greatest attributes of a leader.
Another great attribute of a leader, at least in political circles, is recruiting people to do the work that needs to be done. John has worked tirelessly (there’s that word again) to make sure we have Republican candidates for every public elected office. He also consistently recruits volunteers to do the work that needs to be done in order to elect those candidates.
More importantly, and unlike some chairmen with whom I have worked over the years, John does much of the work himself – but then that is the point of this article. Some people show up at meetings, get recognized, accept the applause, and then take credit for other people’s work. John is the opposite. He downplays his role in the District’s success while giving credit to the many people who believe as strongly as he does that America is worth saving.
John is impressive in how well he knows what is going on around the District. His knowledge of people and their interactions as it relates to getting the GOP’s job done simply amazes people who recognize what goes into that kind of awareness about the intricacies of the job.
I could say more, but John will probably fuss at me as it is for even making him the subject of my article. If he does, I’ll probably just give him the raspberry in return.
I’m not writing this to curry favor with John. I don’t need to. I am blessed with having John as a friend, but more importantly, Republicans of the Sixth District, and indeed the entire Commonwealth, need to know John as well. He is a hard-working, intelligent, well informed chairman who does the people and the Party proud.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to meet him, show up at one of your local unit meetings. He will probably be there – unless there is another meeting or two the same night, then he might be at the other meeting instead. (I was kidding about John cloning himself. Imagine what he could get done if he did have clones.) John Massoud is a good man and a good leader. I’ve worked with enough people who are neither that I know how valuable that is.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.