Since their inception, our allies in the VFRW, Young Republicans and College Republicans have been a very critical part of our success in winning elections. But recently I noticed there has been a rapid decline in membership and participation in these groups. While it is not universal, as there are several chapters that are doing very well, the vast majority of groups are declining.
I think there is a simple answer for this and it is two-fold. First, the RPV needs to take the importance of these allied organizations very seriously and work to strengthen them as they would a Unit committee.
Second, we need to define a purpose for these organizations, preferably a singular purpose designed to help us win elections. Ideas can vary as to what that purpose should be but here are a few ideas.
The VFRW could focus on recruiting, training and supporting conservative women to run for elected office and party leadership positions. We are losing suburban women right now and that needs to be reversed or we will continue to lose elections state-wide and in suburbs. Who better than the VFRW to be the catalyst for more women running for office in the Republican Party?
The Young Republicans could become a machine for voter registration. I tried selling the importance of registering more voters in Virginia to the RNC during my time and Chairman Wilson has made it a top priority. Can you imagine if we had an entire organization who focused their mission on this singular critical issue?
The College Republicans could be singularly focused on combating the blowout of Republican candidates on college campuses. This was a major factor in 2017 and could be a major factor in every state-wide election now that Democrats have figured out a formula for success.
These would no doubt be monumental reforms but they are all necessary to get back to winning elections. Merry Christmas Virginia Republicans!