The Chairman’s Corner
An Informal Informational Up-Date From
The Desk of the Chairman of the Republican State Committee of Delaware
August 8, 2011
Good morning, and welcome to “The Chairman’s Corner”:
Preliminary Report on the 2011 Summer Meetings of the Republican National Committee:
I have just returned from representing you at the RNC’s Summer Meetings, in Tampa, Florida, the site of next year’s Republican National Convention where we will nominate the Republican candidate who will put an end to Barack Obama’s systematic attack on our most precious American dreams. And, where we will choose a VP Nominee who will retire Joe Biden back to Delaware – permanently. I was joined in Tampa by your National Committee Woman, Priscilla Rakestraw, and your National Committeeman, Laird Stabler. And unlike many of our peers on the RNC, your Delaware Delegation is proud to announce that we paid our own way with our own dollars and that your hard-earned Republican donor dollars remained safe and sound right here in Delaware.
There were six (6) Resolutions passed by the RNC during its plenary session on Friday afternoon, all of which were enthusiastically supported by all three members of the Delaware Delegation, and for one of which all three of us served as co-sponsors. They were as follows:
RNC RESOLUTION OPPOSING “NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE COMPACT. This resolution addresses the same topic we have been discussing here in Delaware with our own HB 55, the “I Hate Delaware Bill”. I was a co-sponsor of this Resolution as were both National Committee Woman Rakestraw and National Committeeman Stabler. I was also privileged to be chosen by the Resolution’s Chief Sponsor, Debbie Joslin of Alaska, to be the second person to speak in support of the Resolution and in opposition to NPV. The full text of the Resolution may be found here and the text of my floor speech in support of the Resolution may be found here.
RNC RESOLUTION TO STOP MAKING AMERICA PAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ENERGY AGENDA. Again, all three members of the Delaware Delegation supported this measure and I was privileged to assist in the editing and drafting of this measure. The “Resolved Clause” reads as follows:
“RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee calls on the Obama Administration to:
(1) Stop using taxpayer money to fund foreign oil exploration; and
(2) Stop picking winners and losers in the American energy industry; and
(3) Stop the EPA’s new regulations on coal-fueled power plants; and
(4) Issue drilling permits not only for America’s deepwater areas, but also open up ANWR; and
(5) Lift the federal tax on gasoline in order to ease America’s pain at the pump.”
The full text of the Resolution may be found here.
RNC RESOLUTION CONCERNING PROTECTING AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY AND DEFENDING INDIVIDUAL SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS FROM UNITED NATIONS INTERFERENCE. This measure addresses the issue of United Nations treaties which would impinge upon America’s sovereignty and deprive individual American citizens of their right to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes. I was privileged to serve as the Chief Sponsor for this measure and to be supported by the balance of the Delaware Delegation as well as co-sponsors from 16 other states. The full text of the Resolution may be found here. I am happy to report that this measure passed by voice vote without the need for a floor debate.
RNC FOREIGN DECISIONS RESOLUTION. This measure addresses the growing propensity for America’s courts to adopt or rely upon foreign laws and religious sectarian law (including Sharia Law, Cannon Law, Halacha and Karma) when applying American laws and interpreting the U. S. Constitution. This measure also passed by voice vote and without the need for a floor debate. This is an extremely important and comprehensive Resolution the full text of which may be read here.
RNC RESOLUTION CONCERNING FREEDOM FROM COMMUNIST CHINA’S INTERNET THREATS. This measure, which also passed on a voice vote and the unanimous support of the Delaware Delegation, (1) “recognizes the evidence that Communist China has committed attacks and acts of aggression against the United States and its citizens” in the form of repeated cyber attacks; (2) calls upon Congress to hold hearings on U.S. cyber security and oppression against human rights activists in Communist China; and (3) “supports Senator Richard Lugar’s call for the State Department to adequately fund the Broadcasting Board of Governors for anti-censorship work in Communist China”. The full text of this very important Resolution may be read here.
RNC RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL’S PRESENT BORDERS. This measure, in reaction to President Obama’s recent remarks concerning a return to Israel’s pre-1967 borders, also received overwhelming and broad support by the voting members. Your Delaware Delegation was, again, united in support of this measure. The full text of this Resolution may be read here.
Now on to local matters:
Delaware Republican Presidential Straw Poll – I want to say “THANK YOU” to all of our Presidential Straw Poll Volunteers who braved the heat to work our booth at the Delaware State Fair and who assisted in conducting our Republican Presidential Straw Poll throughout all 10 days of the Delaware State Fair.
Despite oppressively hot weather and abnormally lower attendance at this year’s Fair, voter turnout was very good. Comments made to our volunteers and to me during balloting by Republicans, Democrats and Independents, alike, indicate a general and overwhelming dissatisfaction with President Obama. In case you missed it, here are the vote total percentages by candidate (A more in-depth report will be sent to you when it becomes available):
Michelle Bachmann 18% Ron Paul 6%
Mitt Romney 15% Rick Santorum 2%
Rick Perry 15% John Bolton 1%
Chris Christie 12% Jon Huntsman 1%
Sarah Palin 10% Tim Pawlenty 1%
Rudy Giuliani 7% Gary Johnson 0%
Herman Cain 6% “Other” 3%
The top two issues were:
Government Spending and National Debt – 42%
Unemployment and Jobs – 25%
Save the Date: South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley has agreed to be our special guest and keynote speaker for “Vicmead” on October 20, 2011.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Comes to Delaware – Chairman Priebus has agreed to help us launch “Operation Win Back Delaware”. This is a state-wide party-building picnic to be held in Georgetown on Saturday afternoon, August 20th from 1 pm until 4 pm. Tickets will be $25 per person, children under 12 accompanying a ticket-holding adult will be admitted free. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
To reserve your tickets or to become a sponsor, please call 302-668-1954, or e-mail me at Chairman@delawaregop.com, or click here.
Whether you have already made a pledge you wish to fulfill, or simply want to join your fellow Republicans in sending a message of unity to the “naysayers” by contributing to “The New Beginnings Fund”, simply click here to make a secure on-line contribution.
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Thank you for your dedication to our Party and for your support.
Together, a New Beginning!