In my last installment, I suggested that there was only one approach to grow our party for the 2016 election cycle — change the endorsement process. I said:
“Our endorsement process is broken — it alienates a lot of people. After reading through this entire series, I’ve concluded that two things could change us for the better: getting people elected to the Central Committee with no financial stake in the party endorsements (which can’t be attempted until 2017) or changing the way we endorse candidates (which can be changed in the next month). The latter is the only option we have this election cycle.”
I intended to introduce an idea which would do just that. I worked with a few committee members to craft an idea that would delay endorsement votes while preserving the ability to hold an early endorsement vote with a supermajority of the Central Committee’s approval. It was a balanced approach.
My intention was to publish the proposal here, signed by at least 12 committee members. Passing the by-law change would take at least 31 votes so a ground swell of support was needed to gain traction.
That didn’t happen. I couldn’t get twelve members to join me. The reform idea is dead.
This has been a good conversation. I’m glad we started having it out in the open. People, within and outside the RPSDC apparatus read this. Ideas were advanced and we have good ideas which are two years ahead of their time. For now, I’ll finish out my term as a Central Committee member.
The only mechanism for real change now is the ballot box in June 2016. If you want to see the Republican Party of San Diego County become more inclusive, you’ll have to stand for and win election to the Central Committee.
Thank you for all of your comments, input, and advice.
Link to all six parts and the conclusion from one page.