Thursday, December 29, 2005

Special election fallout

Since the loss in SD 43 in November, some GOPers have been questioning Chairman Carey's leadership. Now, with the recent setbacks in St. Cloud, that resentment is continuing to grow. However, I think it is wrong to blame the party first, as some are doing.

The losses in St. Cloud rest in the hands of the candidates, not the party.

When the Supreme Court ruled that Sue Ek could not be on the ballot, both races became endangered. Without a name on the ballot in 15B, many Republicans who would have otherwise voted may have seen it as pointless, driving down GOP turnout in 15B. Realizing that turnout in 15B would be down, it would be hard to turn out 15A folks for the senate seat election. That, compounded with Ochsner's doctored photos, made GOP voters up there wonder what the point of voting would be.

In reality, the party did all it could to help out the candidates. The College Republicans recruited volunteers, who were on school break, to go up and help with the St. Cloud GOTV effort. I'm sure many party staffers spent a sizable part of their long holiday weekend in St. Cloud when they could have just as easily been with family and friends.

It was the candidates who sunk our chances for victory in St. Cloud. Chairman Carey and the party staff tried their damnedest to win the elections, despite the setbacks.

In order for us to win big again in 2006, we need to stand together as one party. The social conservatives and the fiscal conservatives, the moderates and purists, the Eibensteiner and Carey supporters. Pointing fingers will not help.

Let's not forget the words of the first Republican president.

house divided against itself cannot stand" - Abraham Lincoln, Jun 1858


At 9:03 AM, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

Did the GOP do any research on Ek? Hello! And Ochsner! Come on! This better be fixed by 2006.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

From my understanding, Ek mislead the GOP.

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

That's no excuse. If we can't research our own candidates well enough to know they signed an affadivit saying they don't live in the district, we don't deserve to even have a candidate. We should be demanding somebody's job over this debochery.


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