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What’s it Like to be a Republican in Benicia?

A new Republican group wants to change the face of the party, recruiting moderate Republicans who are focused on traditional Republican issues. These are not your Karl Rove Republicans.

There is a new political action committee in California committed to electing moderate Republicans and rebuilding the face of the Republican Party in the Golden State.

The Republican Leadership Council of California helps fiscally conservative, socially moderate Republican candidates with money, campaign planning and GOTV (get out the vote) efforts.

The recent election saw President Obama win both the popular vote and the electoral college in the national election and Democrats winning two-thirds majorities in both houses of the California legislature.

In a release sent out one week after the election the group said, “Through internal strife, a platform most Californians disagree with, and short-sighted politicking, the California Republican Party’s state leadership has brought decades of declining influence to a deadly finality—handing a two-thirds supermajority to the Democrats and rendering any Republican ideas in Sacramento’s “debate” meaningless.”

The Solano County Registrar of Voters showed Democrats hold a significant registration edge in Benicia outnumbering Republicans 8,294 to 4,593 as of May 24, 2012.

The release goes on to say, “Like a majority of Republicans, many of whom no longer feel represented by their party, RLCC and its candidates and supporters are fiscally responsible and socially moderate-to-liberal.  They believe in responsible economic taxation and regulation, balanced budgets, a strong national defense and public safety, environmental stewardship, and individual freedoms—including in issues of personal freedom such as abortion and marriage.”

If you are a member of the Grand Old Party, tell us what it’s it like being in a town with so many Democrats.  If you’re a Democrat, would you vote for a Republican who is socially liberal and fiscally conservative?

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Dan Trimble November 19, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Bruce, good morning. Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and the like do not speak for the Republican Party. Or, frankly, for traditional Republican ideals. I can't speak for everyone, but I can tell you that there have been people inside the party trying to change it to be more representative of mainstream Republicans from the inside for a long time. By trying to elect more practical Republicans. By pushing for a more inclusive platform. By working with party delegates to strengthen a moderate coalition. Those efforts have yielded some results, but as we can see, the party has completely failed. More importantly, public policy is suffering. I for one am no longer convinced it can be changed from the inside. This PAC is an outside effort to restore traditional Republican principles and focus in the areas that will have the best long-term impact. Be encouraged! Cheers, Dan
Dan Trimble November 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Apologies, I forgot to note one other point. Each of the issues you're talking about most of us inside the party have been pushing for a very long time, but have come to realize the best path for change is from the outside and from local races that can build a long-term bench of qualified, experienced legislators, some of whom may later move into higher offices. This includes an immigration policy that is inclusive and supportive rather than marginalizing, among many other issues we've fought for in the platform for a long time. Cheers, Dan Dan Trimble President & CEO Republican Leadership Council of California dtrimble@rlccalifornia.com
Dan Trimble November 19, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Robert, Great points! At the core of our philosophy at RLCC is that individual liberty/personal freedom do not stop at the home. These are traditional Republican values that go straight to the core of our founding as an anti-slavery movement. Cheers, Dan Dan Trimble President & CEO Republican Leadership Council of California dtrimble@rlccalifornia.com
T. Gunter November 19, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I'm glad you liked it RW.
Bruce November 19, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Dan, thanks for your reply. I do wish you the best of luck in your efforts. When the Republican party platform becomes so extreme that its most important planks can no longer even be mentioned from the national convention podium, and when Ronald Reagan becomes a symbol of moderation among the Left, it seems to me that you are facing a real, multi-decade, uphill battle. For any Republican presidential candidate to have a shot at nomination, they have to break so far to the right that they become virtually unelectable, even if they previously enjoyed a measure of bipartisan credibility (this was almost as true of Romney as it was for McCain). Placating the staunch conservatives forces them to take inauthentic positions (i.e., McCain's flip-flop on the Bush tax cuts) and to make bizarre statements (i.e., abolish FEMA?!), so that they cannot turn around a month later to reach out to swing voters with any credibility. Moderate Republicans in California politics is one thing. How do we break the stranglehold that the far right has over national party politics? Or rather, how do we break the stranglehold before the voters do it for us?

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