I received an email this morning, asking me these five questions about my motivation for serving and plans to grow the SDGOP. I'm thrilled people are paying attention and asking the hard questions of candidates. When voters ask the hard questions (and they are), we stand a better chance fo reclaiming and restoring the Republic.
Questiones emboldened. Answers italicized
1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I am a husband, father, tea party activist, and small business owner who announced his candidacy for the San Diego County Republican Central Committee, on February 15, 2012. My conservative activism began soon after I registered to vote in my hometown of Cherry Hill, NJ. On my 18th birthday, I registered with the Selective Service Board then went to Township Hall to register to vote. Maria Greenwald, mayor of Cherry Hill, was horrified when Mr. Brady registered Republican in the mostly Democratic township.
I smiled, told Mayor Greenwald that I was going to get President Reagan re-elected, and walked out of the Township Hall. I was immediately approached by a bystander who invited me to the Camden County Republican Party meeting that month. At the meeting, I committed to become a County committeeman. I launched my campaign in my District, won at age 18 and 3 months, and the journey began.
2. What are the duties and responsibilities of the central committee?
The Central Committee is the governing body of the San Diego County Republican Party and is tasked with recruiting and endorsing candidates, raising money for local races, registering voters, and working to keep Republicans as the majority party.
3. Why do you want to be on the central committee?
I want to "Restore the GOP" to the majority party in San Diego County, the State of California, and the country. I believe the best way to do that is to recommit our party to the principles of Liberty and fidelity to the Constitution.
Ourr Founders gave us a "manual for good self-government", also known as The Constitution. That brilliant document guarantees individual, God-given rights. Both parties have strayed from First Principles, finding it easier to promise the electorate stuff rather than to follow the constraints placed upon government in Article One, Section Eight. Not since Reagan and Goldwater have we heard those principles effectively articulated. I want to help to RESTORE the GOP to the platform of constitutionally constrained government, promotion of free enterprise, and protection of individual liberties.
4. What specific ideas do you have that will make the SDRP more robust
and successful in its mission to elect conservatives to public office?
Recruit and educate candidates who can effectively articulate why limiting government is legally, morally, and practically the best course of action.
5. Any ideas on how to attract youth/minorities to the party?
Promote Liberty. Liberty has a way of bringing people together. The principles of Liberty are attracted thousands of young people, of all races, colors and creeds, to rallies across California.
Here is what young people said at the linked story about a Liberty rally:
One group of six students, all from different backgrounds, shared two things: They were men, and they were there in support of Dr. Paul. They agreed that if Dr. Paul is not the nominee, they would still absolutely vote in the general election.
They would not stay home.
Most of the six young men said they would lean toward President Obama over Mitt Romney, in varying degrees. They all agreed that they could not support Rick Santorum. These young men were overall very thoughtful. They were worried about crushing debt.
Ron Paul is no Messiah but to ignore the principles he is promoting: sound money, scaled back military intervention, reducing the size and scope of government, and fiscal resposnisbility, is to ignore the future voters of the GOP. Voters under 30 can and will passionately support candidates who stand for these principles. We have plenty of those candidates in San Diego and need to recruit and educate them.