Chairman’s Letter – March 2, 2012
Dear GOP Friends,
For those of us who feel passionately about political issues, supporting the candidates of our choice and working tirelessly to see them elected, we sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture until an event happens that snaps our perspective back into place. Yesterday was one of those events – the conservative movement lost a good man and a great teacher, Andrew Breitbart. Passing away at only 43, his death reminds us that this life truly is fragile, but it also reminds us that the fight in which we are engaged is a vitally important one, for the millions of children in this country – including Breitbart’s four kids – are relying on us to preserve the greatest nation on earth. As Michael Walsh wrote in his National Review tribute, “In the war against the institutional Left, Breitbart was the Right’s Achilles; the bravest of all the warriors, now fallen on the plain. There was no combat in which he would not engage, no battle — however small — he would not join with glee, and no outcome acceptable except total victory. His unexpected death last night at the young age of 43 is not the end of his crusade, but its beginning.”
On Tuesday, March 6, we will make our choice here in Georgia as to who we would like to see lead our crusade to defeat this President in November. And over the next few months, we will all rally together behind the candidate who eventually emerges as our nominee. We can and we must – this is what it will take to win.
I hope that you are able to take a few minutes away from making phone calls for your candidate to join us at our regular monthly breakfast rally tomorrow, March 3rd at 8:30 a.m. (doors open 7:45) at 550 Trackside, 550 N. Clayton St. in Lawrenceville. We will have guest speakers State Rep. Brett Harrell of Snellville and Georgia Tech College Republicans Chair Andres Celedon discussing possible changes to Georgia’s concealed carry laws. As always, breakfast will be available for only $8.
Also, make plans to join us next Thursday night, March 8, at Gwinnett GOP HQ (46 S. Clayton St., Lawrenceville) for our regular monthly county committee meeting, where we will not only hold special elections to fill the vacant positions of First Vice Chair and School District 5 Manager, but we will also discuss proposed rules changes. The current rules and proposed changes can be accessed here. Please take a look and come prepared for a substantive meeting. These rules changes will allow us to concentrate on holding different types of events and meetings throughout the year that will attract new members to the GOP, rather than being bound to hold official business meetings when there is no official business to conduct. For example, our successful GOP Town Hall series last fall, organized by executive committee member Scott Haggard, drew more than 400 people to three different venues around the county, many of whom had never been to any other GOP events. Of course, the proposed rules will still allow for the general membership to call special meetings if necessary.
Finally, mark your calendar for our 2012 Gwinnett Republican Party Convention on Saturday, March 10, at Central Gwinnett High School (564 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville). Doors will open at 8:30 a.m., and attendees must be in line to register by 10:00. This is the next step in the process to select Delegates for the Congressional District, State, and National GOP Conventions, so please make plans to attend this important event.
As always, feel free to contact me at anytime with any questions or concerns. And don’t forget to vote on Tuesday!