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Maximizing Our Influence

From: Jim R.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 5:47 AM

       Unfortunately, unless or until we have a system of proportional representation in the US where smaller parties receive a share of the seats, third party efforts may be useful for ideological expression, but it is unlikely that they will be politically effective.  In fact, I believe that the current establishment hopes that Ron Paul supporters will exit from the Republican Party, so that they can be marginalized by the media as “extremists.”  However, nationwide, and particularly in the NYC area, the Republican Party is very weak.  Therefore, those Ron Paul activists who enrolled in the Republican Party last year can become a strong force in redirecting the local and national Republican Party toward the true Republicanism of Ron Paul.  We will have a much stronger long-term influence if we remain within the Republican Party.  Just think, the opposition which now controls both parties didn’t get where they are today by running under the banner of the Socialist Party, did they?


       One way to increase our influence is to become district leaders in the Republican Party.  If you ask the Board of Elections for a list of Republican district leaders in your county, I’m quite sure you will find that there are many vacancies in the County Committees which are made up of district leaders from each election district.  Even where there are incumbents, they can often be beaten by convincing 5 or 6 people to vote for you.  Next year, there will be elections for all Republican district leader positions in NY State.  If even a third of the folks in this Meetup decide to run and the rest support and vote for them, it will have a huge impact!  Since Ron Paul appealed to people in all parties, Ron Paul Republicans would stand a better chance than the usual Republican candidates of being elected to office.


       Of course, if Ron Paul were to change his mind and accept the endorsement of another party this summer, we will all support him, but I don’t think it would be wise to formally change enrollment into another party.  This was attempted by supporters of Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan with the Independence Party, which has not been politically successful.


       I will be happy to advise any fellow Ron Paul supporters regarding the details of becoming district leaders.


Jim Russell

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An offer from the NYC Republican Committee to train potential candidates:

Ron Paul comments on the future of the campaign:

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Austin Petersen
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 4:05 PM
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Subject: [ronpaul-50] Ron Paul is a Libertarian (and so am I)


Dear Friends,

A message to all liberty minded individuals, specifically those members of the Ron Paul Revolution, from Austin Petersen of the New York City Ron Paul Meetup Group.

It's time to change Washington.

Thank you all for your hard work, this wouldn't have been possible without you.


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