The GOPAC Newsletter: October 2012


Three weeks from today Americans across the country will head to the polls to elect our next generation of state legislators — as well as members of Congress, governors, and the next President of the United States.

In our final newsletter before Election Day 2012, we take a look at GOPAC’s work throughout the United States supporting state legislative candidates and conservative ideas in our mission to elect as many Republicans as possible on November 6th.

GOPAC in the News: Supporting Republican Candidates

On September 25th and 26th, GOPAC was in West Virginia to endorse two stellar candidates running for the House of Delegates – Suzette Raines and Jill Upson:

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On Wednesday, October 17th, GOPAC will head to Little Rock, Arkansas, to support Republican candidates in the State Senate and House as the GOP is poised to take control of the Arkansas Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.

Also last month, GOPAC president David Avella joined Hannity on the Fox News Channel to discuss the importance of national security issues to voters in Ohio and Florida. Follow David on Twitter at @David_Avella:

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And on Friday, October 12th, GOPAC Communications Director, Michele Selesky, joined Fox & Friends First to analyze Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate. Follow Michelle on Twitter at @mselesky:

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Finally, in Colorado, GOPAC has launched a team who will run a field program in House Districts 29, 33, and 40 to help elect Republican candidates and boost the GOP House majority. Last week, the Denver Business Journal highlighted GOPAC’s focus on Colorado this year as a major state legislative battleground:

In case you were wondering how important Colorado’s legislative races are, consider this:

Both the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) and GOPAC, a Republican committee, list it among their top two states in terms of the number of important contests.

Read the full article here.

GOPAC’s Top Races to Watch

In GOPAC’s ongoing “Top Races to Watch” series, we continue to highlight Republican candidates in key races across the country that will make the difference in majority control of state chambers come November.

  • West Virginia House of Delegates: What was once a long-time Democratic stronghold has now become one of the Republican Party’s newest opportunities for a GOP majority as the increasingly liberal, job-killing policies of West Virginia House Democrats threaten economic growth in the state. While Democrats currently hold a 63-35 majority, the House GOP caucus is the largest it’s been in over 30 years, and Republicans need just 16 seats to win a majority in the 100-member House of Delegates this year.
  • Maine State Senate: All thirty-five seats that make up the Maine State Senate are up for election this year as Republicans work to boost their 19-15-1 majority in the chamber. The GOP is looking for a 1-2 seat increase in the state’s upper chamber at the same time Democrats are trying to upend the narrow Republican majority and take back the Senate.
  • Colorado State Senate and House: In the State Senate, Republicans are led by Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman as they look to upend the current 20-15 Democratic majority. With six targeted seats in play, an aggressive ground game, and a GOP message in sync with voters concerns on the economy, Republicans are competing hard this year to win control of the Senate. In the State House, Republicans have held a narrow 33-32 majority since 2010 when they picked up six seats and ended six years of Democrat House majorities. This year, led by Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, the GOP is targeting ten competitive seats as they work to boost the Republican majority and Democrats fight to take it back.
  • Kentucky State House: Frankfort, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. have something in common: They’re both broken. After 91 years of Democratic control, Republicans are looking for the opportunity to take control and fix it. This year, all 100 seats in the State House are up for reelection. Needing just 10 seats to win majority control, Republicans are running 33 candidates in districts currently held by Democrats. Republicans know it’s time to send a message to the president and the Liberals in Washington by electing conservative candidates for office in the state, who will create jobs, hold the line on spending, and protect Kentucky values.

Chairman’s Corner

Having served on the debate preparation teams for President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and Senator Bob Dole in 1996, GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli offers unique insight and analysis regarding this month’s three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate.

Following last week’s vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and VP Nominee Paul Ryan, Frank spoke with Newsmax about what he deemed “a good night for Republicans”:

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And as the September 2012 Jobs Report was released on October 5th, measuring unemployment at 7.8% and real unemployment (including unemployed, underemployed and those who have given up looking for work) at 14.7%, Chairman Donatelli reminded us that we can do better:

Today’s jobs report is no cause for celebration. Real unemployment in our country today is a staggering 14.7%. This is too high, and we can do better.

The liberal policies of the Obama Administration and many Democratic state governments across the country have crippled our American economy.

While the answer is not politically easy, it is simple: Fiscally conservative policies, in which we keep taxes low, keep spending low, minimize regulation and empower our citizens — not the government — will create jobs and grow the economy.

Read Chairman Donatelli’s full statement here.