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I propose that we create a field organization for door-knocking and leafleting.

Whether for the Presidential race or for state party-buidling, we need to get out and talk to people outside our clubhouse.  We need to go and meet people on their turf, and that means door-knocking.  Then they'll know we care about them and want to listen to their needs.  We need to take city/town maps and start somewhere strategic and pick up recruits along the way to increase the field organization. 

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commented 2012-01-14 11:43:25 -0500 · Flag
It’s meant to make the Party visible and real to the population at large. Republicrats don’t have to do this because they are already the “known” entities (although people don’t really know them!).

Of course, if we have a candidate running for office in the resident’s district (like the Presidential office which is in everyone’s district, or Congressional offices if we are endorsing a candidate), then that should be part of the message; and usually people ask, “Do you have anyone running now?”

If we don’t, we should be informing people about the values, principles and actions they should demand from all their candidates and seated officials — and tell them that if they are faced with candidates they don’t like, they should think about encouraging better people to run, or even running themselves at some point.

We have to plant the seed, as Isabel once said.

Committees — yes, membership and communications, and also platform. In fact, everyone should contribute to this effort. Every Committee should think about how it can contribute to this effort, because it’s essential for the growth of the Party. It’s very hard work, but it’s important, and it gives us an endless supply of work for volunteers, until we have more specific tasks for them. Whatever their skills, wherever they live, they can do this task ad infinitum. Just talk to their neighbors, and get their neighbors to talk to their neighbors.

Shirley
commented 2012-01-14 11:43:15 -0500 · Flag
It’s meant to make the Party visible and real to the population at large. Republicrats don’t have to do this because they are already the “known” entities (although people don’t really know them!).

Of course, if we have a candidate running for office in the resident’s district (like the Presidential office which is in everyone’s district, or Congressional offices if we are endorsing a candidate), then that should be part of the message; and usually people ask, “Do you have anyone running now?”

If we don’t, we should be informing people about the values, principles and actions they should demand from all their candidates and seated officials — and tell them that if they are faced with candidates they don’t like, they should think about encouraging better people to run, or even running themselves at some point.

We have to plant the seed, as Isabel once said.

Committees — yes, membership and communications, and also platform. In fact, everyone should contribute to this effort. Every Committee should think about how it can contribute to this effort, because it’s essential for the growth of the Party. It’s very hard work, but it’s important, and it gives us an endless supply of work for volunteers, until we have more specific tasks for them. Whatever their skills, wherever they live, they can do this task ad infinitum. Just talk to their neighbors, and get their neighbors to talk to their neighbors.

Shirley
commented 2012-01-13 17:46:30 -0500 · Flag
Does this proposal relate to electoral campaigns, or is it a way to introduce the GRP generally? Since the proposal does not follow the requested format, it raises questions that it might be helpful to clarify before the meeting. What Working Committees would be involved in implementing it — membership? communications (for materials)? other?
commented 2012-01-08 16:53:46 -0500 · Flag
I like the concept. For me, it needs to have some details. Door-knocking is a tactic that should be considered as part of any campaign.

Mike Heichman
published this page in 2012 Winter State Com Proposals 2012-01-08 15:56:39 -0500