The officer election campaigns were run respectfully by capable candidates. Thankfully, the party platform battles were gone for now.
There was lots of time for networking and socializing with party leaders and elected officials. One speaker was Congressman Darrell Issa. As we chatted, he assured us that he would not let up on the investigation of "Fast and Furious". Also, he said the Republicans have not forgotten about the Benghazi scandal. They will deal with it when the timing is right in the near future.
|Congressman Issa with Sylvia & Claire Plotner|
A recurring theme for the party was to reach Hispanic voters. The CRP leadership is committed to making sure it is understood that all upholding Republican values are welcome. Newly elected Latino Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez received several accolades and positive shout outs from the speakers.
Although he had just been quoted in the UT the Thursday before the convention saying, speaking about Republicans, "Every time they start saying secure our borders that sends the message that we don't want Mexicans here, or dark skins" Interesting view since Republicans believe strongly in the rule of law. This view is not considered to be racist, simply common sense. Chavez also reversed his position from the pledge he signed during the campaign. He had promised that he would support traditional marriage. Obviously, the voters, and the party have issues to work on with Chavez.
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The convention had many food functions and parties. It allowed time to mingle and get to know fellow delegates and guests. Below is a picture at the Saturday a luncheon that featured Karl Rove as the main speaker. He encouraged us, even with the challenges of California, to get off the couch, get busy. and never give up.
Knowing party leaders would be looking for ways to attract new people to the Republican Party, I went prepared with a written message for them. My message encouraged them to stand strong and make the case for conservative principles. The nation hungers for such leadership. These circumstances create the opportunity for a leader to emerge. This just happened with Senator Rand Paul's filibuster. He was not at the convention but stands as a great example in leadership.
The outgoing chairman, Tom Del Beccaro, asked that delegates describe why they are Republican and what drew them to become Republican. At the end, I've included my account "Why I Am a Republican Woman", I shared with some of our Republican leaders.
|Some San Diego delegates with County Chairman Tony Krvaric|
|New CRP Chairman Jim Brulte|
|Met Karl Rove & gave him a message on how Republicans win!|
Since my family came from Cuba, I’ve always been very pro-America, pro-freedom and anti- leftist, and anti-communist. However, like most young people I was pretty politically apathetic in college.
In the mid eighty’s now a wife and mom, I attended a presentation at my son’s Christian school about the sanctity of human life. There I woke up to the shocking reality of abortion. Dead babies, damaged moms and the decline of respect for life in our society propelled me to get involved.
Part of the involvement besides becoming a pro family activist was to participate politically. In about 1984 I walked precincts, made phone calls and wrote letters to newspapers in Plano, TX. Our efforts paid off in first electing Congressman Dick Armey and then state representative (later congressman) Sam Johnson.
We moved to San Diego in 1988. To my great dismay my Congressman now was Democrat Jim Bates! In one of the times he told the truth, he told me “I’m no Dick Armey”. Grassroots work thru coalition building of conservative groups eventually helped rid us of Jim Bates.
Hard work – door to door, literature distribution and targeted mailings yielded tremendous victories. This included Congressmen Duncan Hunter, Sr. and Jr., Assemblymen Steve Baldwin, Jay La Suer and State Senators Dennis Hollingsworth and Joel Anderson to name a few.
Today the commitment continues as I serve as the East County CRA (California Republican Assembly) unit president. We work to elect conservative Republicans and hold them accountable to those principles once elected. President Ronald Reagan referred to CRA as “the conscience of the Republican Party”
Keeping this in mind we were honored and very pleased to have elected 18 of 25 CRA endorsed candidates in our local races.
Our country needs us now more than ever, to never forget, never compromise principles and never ever give up!