The best way to think about California’s Republican leadership is like a museum: full of fossils that say nothing, do nothing, and take up space. Lately, though, folks have stopped coming. People want action, and there really isn’t much going on inside the museum. Of course, the fossils don’t know this. They don’t even know that they’re dead.
Today, the Republican is a rare breed of voter in California. There are more independents than there are Republicans, and that trend shows no sign of slowing. With every election, we lose more voters, and more influence in Sacramento. The career politicians say that we need a different career politician in charge of the party. Yes, that will surely fix everything, much in the way that a bowling ball fixes a cracked windshield.
But my plan to rebuild the Republican party doesn’t start at the top. It starts at the roots.
Strong Local Parties
We start taking back our party by building stronger Republican organizations in each county. A county’s Republican Central Committee or California Republican Assembly chapter are the prime venues for local political gore, which makes these organizations the most valuable assets our party has, because they talk about the things that really matter to conservatives. During elections, these groups help get out the Republican vote by canvassing, making phone calls, and registering new voters.
I will focus on making local party organizations stronger, as the first step to taking back Sacramento.
State of the Art Technology
Republicans are suffering with outdated technology. I will bring us up to speed on the latest tools, tools that folks can actually use. Technology that’s too complicated ends up collecting dust in the corner, and it’s time to stop paying for these overpriced doorstops. As a technology entrepreneur, I’ve spent my career building products that solve real problems, and that people want to use. I am bringing that experience to the California Republican party.
If you give people what they need to do the job, remove obstacles, and then stay out of their way, they will get it done. As your State Senator, I will visit every county Republican organization every month, and ask, “What do you need to get more Republicans registered and voting?” and “What’s standing in your way?”. Whether that’s technology, manpower, or money, we’re going to start putting the best tools to work.
A Fundraising Machine
If principle is the heart of a political campaign, then money is its blood. It costs money to get our message out, but as advertising technology improves, it gets cheaper to connect with voters. Small donations make a big difference: with the right tools, a $25 donation today has the same impact as a $250 donation did, ten years ago.
We can’t depend on a handful of super-rich people to fund our party, because that means they’re calling the shots. A grassroots network of Republican donors, just regular folks who can give a few bucks toward the conservative cause, can change the direction of the entire state. As your State Senator, I will team up with local Republican organizations to build a state-wide, grassroots fundraising network, not dependent on the super-rich.
Recruiting the Best
None of this will matter without the right candidates. Local party organizations are the best sources for candidates, because they know their communities better than anyone else. A political campaign will test a candidate’s fortitude in every way, and no person can do it without a team behind them. To win back our representation in Sacramento, the Republican party needs to organize that team.
The best candidate with the best support will run the best campaign.
I will work with local party organizations to find the best candidates, and bring the full strength of the California GOP to bear on their campaigns.
Let’s Get Moving
Rebuilding California’s Republican party starts at the roots. It starts with like-minded conservatives meeting in diners and church community rooms. It starts with getting the right tools in peoples’ hands. It starts with that first ten dollar contribution from someone who has never given before.
We have everything we need to take back Sacramento.
It’s time to put the pieces together.
Join the team of conservatives who are taking back Sacramento.