OPINION/COMMENT By Gaylen Duskey,|
Calhoun Republican Chairperson
How many of you know who Chapman Revencomb is?
Not many I'll bet but that's OK especially if you are in the 50-and-under age group.
Chapman Revercomb was a conservative Republican lawyer who was elected twice to the United States Senate. The second time he was elected to fill a short two-year term that was brought about by the death of Harley Kilgore in 1956. In 1958 he lost his re-election bid to then Congressman Robert C. Byrd.
What makes this notable is that Revercomb was the last Republican elected to the United States Senate from West Virginia.
That was 52 years ago so many of you have lived in the state all your lives and have never known what it is like to have a member of the GOP in the U.S. Senate as Democrat career politicians - Byrd, Jennings Randolph and John D. Rockefeller IV - have kept that office as their own little fiefdom.
Now, 52 years later, the GOP is once again running a conservative businessman - John Raese - against a career Democrat politician - Gov. Joe Manchin. Polls show Raese leading but career Democrat politicians are hard to beat, especially in a state that has about a 2-1 Democratic registration advantage.
And all this brings us to Calhoun County.
We have about a 3-1 or 4-1 Democrat over Republican registration in this county with, essentially the two real political parties being the two factions of the Democrat party: The DINO (Democrats In Name Only) Democrats and the Democrat-Socialists who support President Barrack Obama and his extreme leftist policies.
We (the Republican Party) are in the midst or re-organizing and would welcome the DINO Democrats with open arms since we (the Republican Party) are more in line with your political beliefs than the national Democrat-Socialist party of Obama.
We are holding a meeting Oct. 21, 2010, at 6 p.m. in the Little Courtroom of the Calhoun County Court House and it is open to all. At this meeting we will validate our newly named committee members and check if the newly seated membership would wish to hold an election of officers.
If you are interested in helping in any way or would like to become part of the newly reorganized Calhoun Republican Party, please attend.
If you merely want to realign yourselves with a political party that is more closely associated with your pro-American views then all you need do is go to the Calhoun County Clerk's office and change your party affiliation.
Either way you are more likely to become part of the answer than part of the problem.