Thursday, July 31, 2008
Check back often as we make preparations and plans for the HUGE week of September 1-4. Let the (GOP) PARTY begin! We plan to be the LIFE of the party!
Luanne Van Werven Elected as National Delegate to Republican National Convention
Running as a principled pro-life conservative, Washington State Eagle Luanne Van Werven was elected as a national Delegate to the Republican National Convention. Luanne will represent Washington's 2nd Congressional District at the September convention in Minnesota.
Luanne was aided in her campaign for national Delegate by fellow Eagles who also attended the state convention in Spokane as state Delegates, Cindy Honcoop and Anne Culbertson. Luanne credits the respected Eagle Forum organization with paving the way to her election as national Delegate.
Luanne now joins with other Eagle Forum members from several other states as we prepare to protect the pro-life plank in the Republican platform and advance the conservative principles of the Republican Party Platform.
We needed to get Chas. and Anne back to the convention center ASAP so they could register before the 9:00AM deadline. As it turned out they were both elevated to delegates which was a real answer to prayer. Whoop! Whoop!
Speechifying, introductions, motions, and votes took up the majority of the morning and then we moved into individual caucus meeting where the voting for National Delegates was to take place. Here's where it got fun for me as I had the opportunity to do a bit of personal campaigning before the meeting. Before we left for Spokane I came up with this great idea for endearing myself to the voting delegates of the 2nd CD. I bought mini chocolate crunch bars that were packaged smartly in red, white and blue wrappers and I attached stickers that said, "Vote Luanne Van Werven for National Delegate". The candy was a hit and so was Anne as she worked the room for me asking people to vote for her friend Luanne.
Doug Roulstone was the first to be elected, deservedly so, as he has campaigned tirelessly for John McCain and the Republican Party. He has earned great respect in our district. It was a dramatic moment when the next round of ballots were counted and my name was announced as the 2nd of the two national delegates from our congressional district. I could hardly believe it, my dream had been realized!
Arriving in Spokane Cindy and I enjoyed 2 episodes of mercy... at the car rental agency when it turned out the only available vehicles were a PT Cruiser and a Dodge Durango but they were willing to rent to us at compact price. As we walked to our gleaming white SUV we passed the PT Cruiser which turned out to be nothing more than a rolling billboard for the rental company! Now that would have been mortifying! hilarious, but mortifying! The second act of mercy was administered at the hotel by the wonderful desk clerk who was very sympathetic to our plight and loaded us up with some very important personal items. We still did not have clean clothes or pajamas but at least we could brush our teeth and comb our hair! We collapsed into bed for a few short hours of sleep.
In the meantime, I had decided to act on my dream of becoming a national delegate to the Republican Convention. It would truly be a "God-thing" if I was granted this opportunity, for several reasons... First, while I have always been a conservative Republican and have worked on many campaigns; outside of holding the position of Precinct Committee Officer, I have not been overly active in party politics. National delegate positions usually go to those who are well known within the party and it is considered somewhat of a reward for work and dedication within the party. Second, my election as national delegate would require a majority vote of state delegates from the 2nd Congressional District. The 2nd CD includes the five counties of Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish. I may have some name ID in Whatcom but hardly anyone knows me outside my own county.
So I started a campaign to win the votes of my fellow state delegates. I composed a letter of introduction which included personal, political and professional information and mailed this out to each of the 5 county chairpersons. I also began the arduous task of collecting the names of state delegates so I could contact them and introduce myself and ask for their vote at the convention in Spokane. This was NOT easy but in the end I was given the ability to reach them with my letter and later many told me it made all the difference when it came to voting for national delegate. Persistence paid off!
The County Convention took on a life of its own as authentic Republicans battled against Ron Paul Libertarians and their “utopian” view that man will regulate himself. Sadly, many Republicans started leaving before we finished voting for the state delegation and because the RP contingent stayed to the bitter end we ended up with a very lopsided delegation of 75 percent RP and 25 percent authentic Republicans. The question on our minds: Will they unify under the Republican banner or will they attempt to displace Republican philosophy with their own alien worldview?
Oh, and by the way, I was one of the few Republicans who was elected as a delegate to the state convention. It was my first real campaign and the hard work paid off. Spokane, here I come!