January 2017 Newsletter from the Eagle County Chair

 

As We Begin a Republican Administration

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve never been so glad to see something be over as I was with this election. But I can also reassure you that the end, in this case, justified the means- something that the nuns who provided 14 years of my education would be aghast over.

And something that is abundantly clear is that winning is definitely better than loosing.

The horror of our last 4 cycles- 2 presidential and 2 gubernatorial- sent most of us in a spin of disbelief. The reality of this top of the ticket win made all the effort worth it.

 

ELECTION RE-CAP

Well, we all know we won the big one. Unfortunately, that did not help us on the local level or even some of the state and national races.

Probably most disappointing are the ones that got away when they shouldn’t have, the most glaring being the race for the US Senate. Bennett’s seat was one the top 2 in the entire country that was deemed to be easy to flip. Our loss of that seat should provide us with a simple teachable moment. If you’re going for one of the big rings, you better be prepared. And that means more than being able to give a fiery speech.

Darryl Glen rose to the top of the primary heap when he gave a rousing speech at the State Convention that had everyone on their feet and cheering. He also had a compelling life story. But what was ignored during that deciding vote was that he had no organization and he had no money. You simply cannot challenge someone like Bennett without everything in place.

We simply must make it our focus when selecting candidates to choose wisely, affirming only those who have the possibility of winning.

The absolutely great news, however, is what happened nationwide.

During the last 2 election cycles, the Republican Party made major inroads into increasing control of state governments and this election pushed that control even further. But first some background.

When Obama took office, the Democrats held 257 House seats, 60 Senate seats, 28 Governorships, and total control of 27 state legislatures.

In 2010 that party lost 63 House seats, 6 seats in the Senate as well as 6 Governorships and total control of state legislatures fell to 16.

Things improved for the Ds with O’s re-election in 2012 when they gained 8 seats in the House, 2 Senate and total control of 3 more state legislatures while losing a Governorship.

2014 was a banner year for Republicans, which meant it was a disaster for Dems. We held 247 House seats, 54 Senate, 31 Governorships, and total control of 30 state legislatures. Not bad for a party that many felt was about to go the way of the dinosaurs.

And the reason for this lies squarely at the feet of our out-going president.  And may I add, he can’t go fast enough. At this point it seems his greatest legacy may be that he lost more seats for his party than any president in history.

As for this election- Rs have the trifecta in 25 states while for the first time in what seems forever, the trifecta at the national level. But even more importantly, and maybe even the best news yet, is that we will very shortly have the ability to assure sanity on the Supreme Court. And that’s cause for a major Hallelujah!

But just one final side note of interest- at least to me who loves these numbers- with 3141 counties in the US, Trump won

2654 while Hillary won 487. So if you analyze it, the popular vote numbers that the Ds are so vigilantly hanging on to as a source of consolation is concentrated in just over 15% of the  counties. Remind me never to go to any of them!

 

KUDOS TO CANDIDATES

We need to give special kudos to our many candidates who worked so hard during this election cycle.

Running for public office is one of the most serious commitments a citizen can make and anyone who takes that step should receive our highest respect and thanks. Unfortunately success was not in the cards but there’s always next time.

 

SOME WORDS OF THANKS

We can never give enough thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers, which starts with the unfailing commitment of our Executive Committee. I can’t list what they do but suffice it to say they provide the structure that makes everything happen. And I mean everything.

And we get help from so many other volunteers. They worked in the office.  But the list of things they do beyond that is endless and not always obvious. Set up tents which of course means also taking them down (which means multiple trips to the storage facility to haul chairs, tables, coolers, posters, campaign paraphernalia refreshments (which means Costco runs for supplies, snacks, water etc- to say nothing of City Market runs for other miscellaneous stuff). They work on the floats- which means up and down. They put up signs-and take them down. They wave signs on cold street corners. They march in parades, sit in booths, make calls, write letters, drive to campaign events, serve as poll watchers, election judges and canvas board members, represent us at various meetings around the county, in Denver and around the state. You get the picture. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes to keep things running and most of it goes un-noticed but it’s endless. So any time you see any of them, high fives are not enough but it’s a start because NOTHING would get done without them. And I mean nothing.

 

TIME TO REST? NOT SO FAST

Many think that with the election over, we get to rest. Wrong.

We now roll right into our Organization Meeting that will be held 2/15/17 in the Avon Town Council Chambers at 6:00pm.

The sole purpose of this meeting is to elect the Executive Committee of the Eagle County Republican Central Committee while the current EC appoints District Captains.  This is required by our State Bylaws and happens every 2 years. All members of the Central Committee are eligible to vote and details will be sent out soon.

After our Eagle County Organization meeting, those elected will travel to the State Party Organization Meeting on the Front Range to elect officers at the state level. Those details have not been set yet but will be provided as we get them.

At that time, elections will also be held for the various Districts. Currently many of those elected positions are held by Eagle County Republicans including CD3 secretary Jennifer Woolley; Senate District 5 chair Kaye Ferry, and vice chair Max Schmidt; HD26 chair John Rosenfeld, vice chair Kaye Ferry, secretary Bill Douglas; Judicial District 5 chair Kaye Ferry.

The domination by Eagle County of these state elected District positions is a reflection of not only our commitment to the Republican Party but also a reflection of the respect with which our peers view our leadership.

 

WHAT’S AFTER THAT?

Then we get down to work. Because in no time, we’ll be up against the next series of elections 

Lest we forget, I’ll remind you, because 2018 is just around the corner. Here are the races that will appear on the Eagle County ballot: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, United States Congressional Districts 2 & 3, State Senate 5, State House District 26, County Commissioner District 3, Sheriff, Clerk and Recorder, Assessor and Surveyor.

Add to that is the fact that we will need to find candidates for these races and many of them will start campaigning next summer. If you are interested yourself or know someone who is interested in running, please contact the EC so we can help get the ball rolling.

Of course, we will have openings in many of the 84 taxing authority boards, which should also be a priority for us. The majority of these elections happens in May and are definitely worth our involvement as Republicans. Keep in mind that most are bi-partisan but a conservative viewpoint on these regulatory boards provides many benefits for the community at large. The good news is that they generally meet once a month, sometimes quarterly, and are not long meetings but their decisions have wide reaching effects.

 

OTHER EVENTS

Hopefully we will be able to organize a big money fundraiser like we did 2 years ago with Ann Coulter. If you have any ideas, let us know 

We will also schedule our Lincoln Day Dinner in May and then right in to our summer events including the Annual 4th of July parade in Vail followed with our picnic in August.

 

FROM MY PERSPECTIVE- comments from the chair

What’s that song about “Happy Days “? I think it’s worth reviewing now so here it is:

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let's sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Altogether shout it now
There's no one
Who can doubt it now
So let's tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

But now the real work begins.

As I said earlier, it’s been forever since Republicans have held the National Trifecta. And it’s real simple. We have 2 years to prove that we can make the necessary changes to allow that domination to continue.  Which means we have to get to work solving our problems and providing the answers that Americans demanded when they went to the polls in November.

And make no mistake, there will be plenty of challenges- some posed by the current environment both nationally and internationally- and some by our new administration who I hope does not become its own worst enemy.

But having said that, I think this is definitely a time for great optimism. We took back one of our US Senate seats with the election of Cory Gardner. We currently have Rs in all of the State offices with the exception of Governor.  We also control the State Senate.

Put this all together and as I said in my newsletter following the 2014 elections “We have every reason to think the pendulum has swung to a more conservative and realistic approach to solving our nation’s problems.

It seems clear that the American public has had enough liberal solutions. They’ve had enough political correctness. They’ve had enough of the policies this current administration has perpetrated with the sole result of creating divisions.

They know that taking personal responsibility for yourself is the only way to foster self esteem and create success.”

But there’s also some uneasiness. Americans think we’ve been going the wrong way. They’re concerned about jobs, not global warming. They want to feel safe again and while we all want to protect the environment, it’s not any where near the top of the list. 

 Peggy Noonan once said that Americans are not ideologues.

I will add that we are pragmatists. First things first. One foot in front of the other. We have to solve the big things first. Only then can we move on to the others.

Regardless, we really have made gigantic strides from where we were a few years ago when cynics were predicting the total demise of the Republican Party. Funny how things have flipped.

But now that we have control, we have to perform and that requires everyone pulling in the same direction. We need to put our differences aside, look at the big picture and follow the Reagan motto of 80%. Getting your way all of the time is not an option because we all need to remember, like it or not, this is a team sport.

I have always thought that if you do the right thing for the right reason, good things will happen. I still believe that. Now’s the time to prove it.

And I know I speak for the entire Executive Committee when I say that we are looking forward to working with all of you to achieve the successes that we as individuals and a nation so desperately need and that are within our reach if we all work together.

 

Kaye Ferry, chair
970-376-5100
 
Eagle County Republicans
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