Brian Brady provoked some thought the other day with his commentary, “I Really Don’t Care About The 71st and 76th Assembly District Races,” in which he asked the Republican candidates in those districts for a plan for victory in other seats currently held by Democrats.
Mike Harrison, running in AD 71, responded over the weekend with his thoughts on the matter.
Phil Graham, a candidate in the 76th AD, now provides his own response below.
This is a great discussion for Rostra. Maybe the candidates in those respective races that are current elected officials will also provide some feedback in the days ahead.
by Phil Graham
Thank you Brian for bringing up such an important subject.
Firstly let me applaud Mike on his response. He is 100 percent correct and I agree with everything he said, so I will not repeat his statement.
Party Chairman Jim Brulte has the State GOP party on a positive trajectory and I believe this is the time for Republicans up and down the State to continue making solid gains. We recently won two very hard won districts that ensured the Democrats didn’t have a 2/3 majority, which was a huge step and now we must work to get back to the majority.
This may seem as a futile act to some, but it doesn’t to me. In fact, I’m not only optimistic, I’m energized by what we can attain if we all work hard and together.
At the same time, I understand fully that the 78th is a heavy Democrat district but if we are ever going to flip it, we need to do the following:
1) Fund a serious and sustained voter registration program to close the gap and make it competitive.
2) Recruit and fund good candidates – it may take a few cycles to win most probably, but we can improve the situation by fighting for votes there rather than just ceding the district to the Democrats.
3) Work with the county GOP on a voter ID program, to help identify and mobilize non-Republicans on key issues and turn them into GOP votes.
I’ve already spent considerable amount of time with Jim Brulte and Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen. I plan on working with them and County Republican Chairman Tony Krvaric to make these plans a reality. In addition, I am devoted to helping raise money for other candidates.
Throughout my business career, I’ve made plenty of mistakes but I made sure I learned from them. At this point, I know what led me to be successful: Integrity, honesty, hard work, knowing the subject matter at hand extremely well, persistence, building relationships, being a team player and never giving up. I plan on bringing these skills to Sacramento, helping our State get back toward sanity through a growing Republican Party.