Hard work pays off. The new Livingston County Republican Party Chair is yours truly. I didn't win this alone and had some good help and friends in high places helping me, but I earned this position through experience, good campaigning, hard work, planning, organization, and developing long term relationships. A lot of the local county elected officials - all in different wings of the party - supported me for LCGOP Chair. What stood out to me is that none of them asked me for a favor outside of doing a good job. My promise was to do the best job possible. There was no "you back me for this or that and I'll support you." Now not surprising those candidates I've helped out in the past directly supported me, but many candidates I did not directly help in the past also supported me. Some of them I've known for 12 years. Others I've known for about a month. Most I've known for a few years. That was my advantage.
My job falls into three areas. The rest is all extra. I'm not going to forget the first two words of our party.
1. Elect Republicans in Livingston County.
2. Overperform in Livingston County so Republicans win statewide.
3. Build our party and grassroots in Livingston County.
Those three things. The first is obvious. It's not something we can take for granted as Howell Township showed it. Carl Levin almost carried the county in 2008. I know it was an almost uncontested race because Jack was hung out to dry and McCain quit, but it still almost happened. Oakland County's pattern is disturbing as well. Washtenaw County is next door, as are Genesee and Ingham Counties. Those are as blue of county as we are red. The 2nd part and 3rd parts go together. They build on each other.
The good news is that I'm the new Livingston County Republican Party Chair. The bad news is that as of last night I can't really separate "speaking for the party" from "speaking for myself" too much. If I make a brash comment on this blog calling out someone national, it's going to come back and bite everybody in our local party instead of just me. I'll use a little more discretion, but I'm not going to change who I am, and I'm not going to be somebody who is shackled to avoid offending everybody. However, I'll probably keep most of my criticisms of Republicans in-house and behind closed doors for the next two years. The main difference on this blog will be primaries. As Chair, I can not endorse in Republican primaries with my title. That's obvious and will be a change from previous policy on my blog.
Lastly, if you want Livingston County to stay a great place to live, let's remember who built us to be who we are. Republicans. Let's not turn into Wayne County. Elections have consequences and they affect our entire way of life.