My plan is simple. I want to win as many Republican seats as possible in 2011 and 2012. I am squarely on the GOP team. I do believe in every word of the 2010 NC GOP Platform. I have listened to Rush Limbaugh since 1988 and have been a registered Republican since I first registered to vote in 1983. I would hope that all of our candidates would believe in the GOP Platform, too.
We all know the nation can’t survive without some strong fiscal, Conservative leadership being put in place. Obama cannot be re-elected! And we know every vote counts. The Democrats are organizing. They are coming for our children. We need to get busy.
When I moved here 7 years ago, I went directly to the GOP headquarters building across from the courthouse to get involved. I was somewhat welcomed, but found there was no activity. I couldn’t get a good handle on the dates for meetings or anything. Nothing was printed or published. And no one called. In January of 2010, I went back. I have taken the Republican member seat I am entitled to – welcome or not. I’m not going anywhere. I have been active for one year and I have seen the ill effects of this exclusive group on new people trying to get involved. Many Republicans are concerned and engaged, this is not the time to put up the barriers around the party. This is the time to throw open the doors and roundly welcome everyone inside. Democrats are leaving their party. Unaffiliated voters are registering as Republicans. We all want change. We want to help. I don’t care who the chairman is, I just want something productive to do.
I have felt very welcomed by Burke GOP, Forsyth GOP, Catawba GOP, and Iredell GOP and even at the State Convention where I had many friends. Yes, I travel out of town to good GOP meetings. I have asked many people in this group many times how I could help, but my offers were not received. I watched as the 2010 Primary was coming up and there was little activity and no information on candidates, except word of mouth (reliable or not). I jumped into the TEA Party with both feet just to learn and give the process a voice for the people. Not to undermine the GOP, but to bolster it and push it into some kind of meaningful activity.
I’ve never really felt welcome in the Caldwell County Republican Party. Many I know never came back to meetings, because of the obvious barrier to new people. There is no shared work within the group. In fact, there is no work going on in this group – except Gary Whisnant’s efforts. I don’t see him being rewarded or praised by Ron. (There is obvious division there.) There is nearly no communication from the Executive Committee to the members – you have to work hard to get information. I’ve even been intentionally misled by some. Sadly, as I have gotten to know many on the Executive Committee, they confide in me that Ron never calls them and they don’t know what’s going on. I wouldn’t be running for this position if I saw a well organized and active party, but I don’t. I talked to so many people about running, none would. So I am running.
At the ladies meetings, where the fund raising is really supposed to happen for the party, events are planned, re-scheduled, put off, and then canceled. Kay shakes her finger at the 8 or 10 of us who attend the meetings and lectures us all like errant children. If you’re not thick skinned, you won’t last in this group. There is NO work being done there either, because work is not being shared. I know Kay is overwhelmed, but all she has to do is ask. She claims she asks, but she doesn’t. She always says, “Well, I’ll get back to you on it.” And nothing happens. One example of rejected participation: I was working on a nice website for the ladies club after the 1/24 meeting, but it was discovered before it was complete. I had planned to present it at the 2/28 meeting and give it to the club. I would make any changes they wanted. The presentation would be complete with passwords and admin rights available for anyone interested at the meetings, so that many of us could post and update the site to keep us all informed and up to date. This type of shared work wouldn’t over burden one person and could potentially be a lot of fun. One of our biggest problems in the group is there is no communication. As for the website I made, Kay blasted the “illegal website” at the last Executive Committee meeting and made me take it down. SHE didn’t want it. I was only trying to help. Who wouldn’t want a free website?
I want to utilize everyone’s strengths for the good of the party (Caldwell County GOP). Gary has many strengths, like networking. Ron has many strengths. Ben Griffin has many strengths including good decision making. The Austin family has given so much time energy. I hear Sam Yearkick has fabulous fund raising talents. The younger members of the party have unique strengths. The older generation in the party has deep wisdom that cannot be over looked. The pool of talent and strengths is vast in this group, but each should be recognized for their strengths and allowed to shine – to make the whole party better. No one will be turned away. I don’t want to tear apart the Caldwell County Republican Party, I simply want to energize it and grow it.
Fund raising will be key in the next presidential election. We all know the Dem’s/Soros are going to pour billions of dollars into the election. Events, events, and more fun events need to occur to attract new members and retain old ones. This county is 44% Republican and we should have more than 20 people at a meeting AND IT SHOULD LAST MORE THAN 30 minutes, especially during an election cycle.
I think it was wholly unfair to all the Republicans in this county for Ron not to announce the Feb. 21st precinct meetings at the Feb. 8th meeting and not to make them widely known. Instead, the meetings were a surprise to everyone. Ron knew about the meetings that night. They cheated me as much as the cheated everyone else in Caldwell County. That’s not open and transparent leadership.
We must “stand on principle and never be out worked,” 25-year old Josh Mandel, Ohio Treasurer of State, said no truer words at CPAC 2010. These words inspire me to the depths of my core.
I do not have any plans of “us” verses “them” after the election, that was merely shorthand for possible votes for me. I will not divide the party. If I should be lucky enough to win, I put behind us the problems of the past and begin a new journey towards an active, vital party and more Republicans in office.
I will travel on behalf of the county GOP. I will keep an open line of communication between me and the executive committee AS WELL AS THE MEMBERS. I have no desire to rule in darkness, but only in the light of day with the consent of all.
We all know the country can’t survive without strong fiscal, Conservative leadership being put in place. Obama cannot be re-elected! And we know every vote counts. The Democrats are organizing. They are coming for our children. What will we do? Re-elect Ron?Respectfully,
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