Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lynden Tribune and Republican PCO Race

As much as I would like to claim that Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty is responsible for the masses of Republican PCO filings, that would not be 100% accurate. Sure, the local Ron Paul Campaign for Liberty meetup group inspired new people to run for PCO positions this year, but Campaign for Liberty was not the only group trying to drum up candidates for Republican PCO positions. Case in point, check out this Lynden Tribune article. John Robinson, a current Whatcom Country Republican PCO has been a very vocal critic of Ron Paul supporters in the past as well as in the current Lynden Tribune article, and this year he faces a challenger for his PCO position and surprise it's not from a Campaign For Liberty supporter. Robinson's challenger goes on to say that he has nothing against him, but "other Republicans" talked him into putting his name in. Also big thanks to Christi Lynse the new Whatcom County Republican Party chairperson for having this to say about all the new PCO candidates:
"We're just very happy to have the enthusiasm and the interest."
Republican leaders have worked hard to build up the PCO base, and Robinson may represent "old school" when "we need to change and grow if we're going to succeed," she said.

During the short duration, 8 months or so, that I have been involved in the Whatcom County Republican Party I have witnessed some growing pains. Some of these pains could be attributed to over zealous (and very excited) Ron Paul/Campaign for liberty supporters and some can be attributed to existing Republican party activists fearful of an influx of new people. Regardless, as time goes on and the new people are absorbed into the local party most people have come to accept one another, even if it means agreeing to disagree on some (national) issues. This does NOT mean that newly absorbed Ron Paul/Campaign for Liberty people will vote McCain in November (unless he makes some really unexpected gestures towards our constituency), but from the state level on down there's a good chance that these new activists will be supporting Republican candidates. And who knows, hopefully they'll become Republican candidates of tomorrow.

Oh and if Obama is so good at firing up the grass roots how come the number of Republican PCO filings greatly outstrips the number of Democrat PCO filings and many more precincts will be lacking a Democrat PCO than a Republican one?


Poindexter P. Parkenfarker said...

Ah, yes. Growing pains.
The Campaign for Liberty has brought our local party's average age down to 65, now.

I consider JR to be a very good friend. He has a tough race from the Scholten Equipment gentleman.

By the way, did you know that the acronymn for the Campaign for Liberty is the same as the Canadien Football League...not that I would point that out or exploit it...

See ya Saturday???

deryn said...

RE: Poindexter.

And your point is...................?

Poindexter P. Parkenfarker said...

Ah, there you go, deryn.
Don't expect too much,
there is no point in poindexter.

I honestly think the influx to the local party is a great thing, even though it may cause some growing pains, but that's okay.

As for the CFL, don't take yourself too seriously or you'll miss the whole poin'

Bellinghammer said...

Poindexter, your point is well taken. So instead of going by the acronym CFL, it's too close to the CFR acronym anyways, the Campaign for Liberty will go by C4L. That's much cooler anyways.

Poindexter P. Parkenfarker said...

I had a POIN t?