Quick question – do you know who the chairman of the Missouri GOP is?
Neither do I, and that’s a huge problem. At the Federal level, progressives run the show. Establishment GOP is spineless, the media are mendacious and the people are deeply confused about what should be done by the Feds. Part of the problem, candidly, is a moral failing of the electorate. Too many of us have our hand out and are wanting the government to do those things that ought to be done in our communities and families or by ourselves. Another part is a lack of leadership.
Ed Martin is a leader. I have had the privilege of working with him for over four years through two campaigns. While he lost both the house seat and the Attorney General’s office, he demonstrated an amazing ability to motivate people to a good cause. He is an indefatigable organizer, something I cannot say about anyone else in the MOGOP leadership.
Overrun in Washington DC, conservatives are going to have to retrench at the state level. It would be wonderful to have Ed fighting Washington DC from the attorney general’s office, but having Ed in the bully pulpit of the MOGOP chairman’s seat would provide an energetic shot in the arm for a demoralized, moribund party.
Over the years, the Tea Party has been ramping up, doing more than showing up and waving around Gadsden Flags. Many have been running for committee chairmanships, serving as precinct captains and the like. You can’t see it, but things are changing in the GOP at the grassroots level.
Ed Martin was at the very first tea party rally in April of 2009 (as was I) and while some have come and gone, he has remained faithful to the cause. Ed is no sunshine patriot. He has sacrificed a great deal in a difficult environment to make a difference, foregoing four years of his career to run for office. If you consider his campaigns as incubators for grassroots action, the value of his leadership has been incalculable. Ed has a volunteer following who will do almost anything for Ed. Imagine if a true-blue consistent Tea Party conservative becomes the GOP chairman!
Ed is as frustrated with the bullsh*t as are you and I. The GOP owns the House and Senate, but we waste our time and effort on crony projects and ignore important fiscal issues. They fail to work to protect Missourians against the intrusions of the Federal Government. The Missouri GOP delegation passes on one opportunity after another in communicating the value and power of liberty.
Ed will not have that problem.
The establishment has lined up behind the other guy, but Ed is courting votes and could win this Saturday. If you know any of the 68 committee members who will be voting on the next chair, get in touch and encourage them to reform our state party by providing a proven leader with impeccable conservative credentials.