Fla. GOP Chairman Lenny Curry’s exclusive op-ed on value of tea party

Working Together for Change

By Lenny Curry

America needs a healthy and vibrant Republican Party if our nation is to remain the brightly shining beacon of economic opportunity for all. But Republicans can neither win elections nor protect and restore prosperity without finding a way to unite a broad coalition of supporters.

That is why Republicans must embrace the principled passion and energy of conservative activists from all walks of life if we ever hope to have any success at the ballot box. Addition and multiplication is the path to victory, not subtraction or division. Republicans and conservative activists must work together to attract more supporters if we are to have any influence in America’s economic future.

RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry
RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry

Throughout history, all great leaders, all great movements, all great political victories have one common theme: they found a way to unite diverse groups of people in a common cause. Strong coalitions have resulted in victory throughout history, whether on the battlefield or at the ballot box.

Democrats know this. Year in and year out, Democrat leaders find a way to unite a mind-boggling variety of special interest groups, all with their own, often conflicting, political agendas. Yet they are woven together into a colorful tapestry of fierce political advocacy that mobilizes millions of people to vote for liberal candidates.

As Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, my job is to find a way to similarly unite conservative constituents into a powerful voting bloc, even as some in the media try to drive a wedge between Republicans and our natural allies, including the passionate and powerful tea party. All too often, irrelevant or insignificant political differences are portrayed in the media as a catastrophic fracture when all that is really required to find common ground is a little dialogue.

Through dialogue with a wide variety of conservative leaders, I have learned that the common cause of our time is an unwavering commitment to fiscal discipline and economic opportunity for all. And tea party activists are right to expect the leaders they support to live up to their promises.

The Republican Party, both here in Florida, and across the nation, must have fiscal conservative activists committed to the idea that each generation has the opportunity to build on the improving economic foundation provided by their predecessors.  All of us must make our voices heard through participation at town halls, supporting conservative candidates, and working together to achieve this common goal.

As Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, I am committed to building just such a coalition that is steadfastly committed to this cause, and I invite you to join me in the fight.

Op-ed written exclusively for BizPac Review by Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida Lenny Curry.

 

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