I promised you that I would give all of you an update of the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting that just recently concluded in Charlotte, North Carolina. I believe that it was one of the most productive meetings that I have ever attended.
The message that we heard time and time again was that our party need not and should not change our stands on public policy matters, but that we must do a much better job in communicating that message. I totally agree! In fact, I believe with every fiber in my body that if we stray from our national and state party platforms, we are doomed as a party, period!! By now, I am sure that you are aware that there is a small group of Republicans who are saying that we should quit emphasizing that our party supports the institution of marriage as solely between one man and one woman. These individuals are strategizing on how they will get the Republican Party to embrace what they call “marriage equality.” We dare not let them succeed, because if they do, the Republican Party will become a shell and will be doomed to never winning elections again. And, this is a slippery slope that our nation cannot go down without some very dire consequences to follow!
RNC OFFICER ELECTIONS
Unlike two years ago, there wasn’t any suspense. All four officers were re-elected without opposition. Reince Priebus was re-elected as chairman. I believe that he is well equipped to lead. He got the party out of debt and he has the fundraising prowess to fund the Growth & Opportunity Project that will be so crucial to winning elections in 2014 and 2016.
Sharon Day was re-elected as co-chairman. Tony Parker was re-elected as treasurer. Demetra DeMonte, our neighbor to the East (Illinois), was re-elected as RNC secretary. I was honored to give one of the seconding speeches for Demetra. She has been referred to as the “happy warrior,” and indeed she is just that.
I was honored to be re-elected as one of two representatives to represent the Midwest Region on the RNC Resolutions Committee. Our committee passed eleven resolutions (I voted for all 11). One resolution–Monetary Policy Reform–was tabled to our Spring Meeting so that we could garner more information. Of the 11 resolutions passed, 6 were issue related. One resolution was honoring the service of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). The four other resolutions were memorial related–honoring Republican activists who recently passed away. One of the four honored Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and a national leader of the Republican Party.
The six issue related resolutions that passed were:
Resolution to Redistribute Planned Parenthood Funding (total defunding of PP)
Resolution on the Public Sector Pension Crisis
Resolution Supporting Religious Freedom and Hobby Lobby
Resolution for Fiscal Sanity
Resolution Reaffirming the Second Amendment Plank of the 2012 Republican National Platform
Resolution to Constitute the Standing Committee on Rules
GROWTH & OPPORTUNITY PROJECT
In a nutshell, the Growth & Opportunity Project was created to look at every detail as to what things we did right as a party and what we did wrong. I believe that we all agreed that if we don’t match the Far Left in their abilities to identify every vote that is sympathetic to our agenda, we will lose again and our party will become irrelevant. The goal is to have this project completed ASAP, but also keeping in mind that we don’t want to rush the final plan, so that we can have the best blueprint in hand to go forward and win in 2014 and 2016. The project is divided into eight different categories. The two that are of particular interest to me that I will be involved in are: Primaries/Caucuses and Ground Game. The first is of particular interest to Iowa, as we work to retain our first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. The second is crucial because, in my opinion, that is where the Democrats surpassed our efforts, and we must get much better at it.
The Resolution to Constitute the Standing Committee on Rules deals with this issue. Normally, the Spring Meeting is called a State Chairman’s Meeting (although all RNC members attend and participate). And with that in mind, the RNC Rules Committee does not normally meet in the spring. However, in light of the fact that the Republican National Convention Rules Committee (not to be confused with the RNC Rules Committee) passed some very bad and detrimental rules, it was our belief that we must get some rules changes before the grassroots decides that they are not needed and welcome. Therefore, this resolution dictates that each state will choose their Rules Committee member (each state has 1) no later than March 1st and 2nd. I represented Iowa on this committee and my intentions are to continue to serve you in this capacity. In addition, the resolution states that the April 2013 meeting will conduct a Rules Committee meeting so that we can consider amendments to Rules 1-11 and 13-25.
As you know, I fought these rule changes in the National Convention Rules Committee, but we were out-voted by the dictatorial maneuvers of Ben Ginsberg, a Romney operative. Much damage was done here and I am totally committed to reverse these rules. Why? I believe that the RNC should be a bottom up organization, not a top down operation. I am committed to working with Morton Blackwell, National Committeeman from Virginia, to restore power to where it rightly belongs–you, the grassroots of our party.
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