ICYMI: State GOP Planning Outreach
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Good morning – we thought you’d enjoy this article from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. NYGOP Chair Ed Cox was in Rochester last week discussing outreach efforts and the future of the Republican Party.
As Ed said, Andrew Cuomo “has not taken care of the things he needed to” and “now his chickens are coming home to roost.” New York Republicans “can get the tough stuff done to make sure economies work and jobs are created.”
“State GOP Planning Outreach”
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 13, 2013
Last year was a wake-up call for Republicans.
After they lost from the presidency down last November, the GOP is trying to figure out what went wrong, and how they can fix it.
New York Republican Party chairman Ed Cox is traveling the state discussing voter outreach as they prepare for the 2013 local elections, and the 2014 congressional elections and gubernatorial race. He met with the Democrat and Chronicle Editorial Board on Friday morning.
He also dropped a hint that he would not elaborate on: He was in town to meet with a local businessman about running for governor.
Overall, the state strategy mirrors the one being employed across the country: Keep the message the same, but reach out to new voters, especially youths and minorities. Cox said these populations will be open to their message of smaller government. Also, attracting more minorities to run on the Republican line will draw more attention from these communities.
“There’s no doubt we have a messaging issue …” Cox said. “New York state can take the lead in reaching out to new populations.”
Republicans also hope they’ll benefit from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s declining approval ratings. In 2012, many Republican state legislative candidates sought to align themselves with the governor. However, Cuomo’s ratings have decreased since he shepherded through controversial gun control laws, and GOP leaders say this will help them. “It’s causing more candidates to be interested (in running),” Cox said.
Cox said Cuomo’s economic plans have lacked substance, and the economy is not improving. “Now those chickens are coming home to roost,” Cox said. “He has not taken care of the things he needed to.”
He added: “The GOP is not tied to special interests, we can get the tough stuff done to make sure economies work and jobs are created.”
Assemblyman Bill Reilich, R-Greece, chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party, agreed with Cox on the party’s strategy.
“He (Cuomo) shifted dramatically to the left,” Reilich said. “Dealing with issues such as taking away people’s Second Amendment rights, his eye is on the White House, he’s trying to have one-upsmanship with the current president.”
Moving forward, the message will stay the same, but the delivery will change.
“We are the conservative party. We’re for fiscal responsibility. The next generation should not pay for the benefits this generation has,” Cox said.
It starts, Cox said, by highlighting Republican’s historical accomplishments, from Abraham Lincoln to George H.W. Bush’s compassionate conservatism.
In the city, Cox said new populations will be receptive to their support of school choice, and tax credits for private school tuition. “The poor are confined to one area, and are stuck with the inner-city schools. School choice in the end is the answer to that,” he said.
A message of smaller government is appealing to all, Cox said.
“Minorities are used to dealing with their own private associations for support, churches are important. They don’t want government,” he said.
Cox said they are targeting the youth vote by getting campuses more organized. Since professors trend liberal, “it’s hard for them to poke their heads up and get organized.”
Reilich said many people in college and early adulthood are Democrats. But as they get into their late 20s and early 30s, and start buying houses and paying taxes, they shift toward the Republicans.
Reilich said he expects more minority candidates running locally.