Donald Trump and Rick Santorum are the only candidates to show up for the oldest and largest Republican grassroots organization’s Presidential Preference Convention.
Although attendance is not required to win the nomination, most likely one of them will receive the nomination, and thus the support of multitudes of National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) members organized across the United States.
Rick Santorum was the recipient of the last Presidential Preference Convention.
(UPDATE: Trump was declared the first choice Republican presidential candidate with 52% of the vote, as well as the top pick for attendees’ second choice, with 26%. Ted Cruz and Ben Carson were the second and third choices.)
“This is a national event, this is what gave us Ronald Reagan, that we are the oldest and largest grassroots organization. We’re the only one doing Presidential Preference endorsing. There will be a straw poll and and a National Endorsement.” said NFRA National Event Director Sharon Ford, “It is amazing that we have gotten so little response.”
This is the LARGEST and OLDEST grassroots organization in the nation.
The National Federation of Republican Assemblies is a grassroots movement to take back the Republican Party for the vast and disenfranchised majority of its members: Reagan conservatives, who believe in small government, lower taxes, free market capitalism, a strong defense, the right to life, and a decent America.
In short, the NFRA is the Republican Wing of the Republican Party.
“The Republican Assemblies are the conscience
of the Republican Party.” ~ President Ronald Reagan
A decision to not show up for a Republican Assemblies Presidential Endorsement is not a snub to the NFRA, it is a snub to grassroots activism.
Sharon states that many of the candidates seem to be too busy meeting with “these private, invitation only” events, as she explained the extensive work put into making sure the candidates had plenty of time to get the event on their calendars.
We would expect this out of a candidate like Jeb Bush, who has no understanding of the power of the grassroots, but Walker, Cruz, Paul, and Huckabee should know better.
Mike Huckabee publicly and gloriously endorses the NFRA, “When I was a high school student, Phyllis Schlafly’s book, A Choice, Not an Echo, was an important influence on my political direction. Today I support the NFRA for that same reason. The Republican Party must be more than just a cheaper, slower echo of the Democrats: it must be a distinct choice, for conservative values and for a future of freedom. If you long for that choice, then you should join the NFRA.”
Then why, when you are a candidate, would you snub the LARGEST and OLDEST grassroots organization in the nation.
Rand Paul also openly endorses the NFRA: “We need more people like you [the Republican Assemblies] who truly believe in the Constitution, in liberty and in standing up to an establishment that believes in neither.”
Then why would you not go spend a bit of time at thus weekend long large convention 1 hour from your home and get their endorsement?
This should be an event where the candidates are asking to be included, not being asked. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul understand the importance of the grassroots, it can only be imagined that the glitch is within the gatekeepers.
The power of the grassroots is still reverberating from the Eric Cantor defeat. With a fraction of the money, unknown Dave Brat beat established incumbent, Majority House Leader Eric Cantor. It was done under the leadership of Zach Werrell and a mighty team of grassroots activists.
“We had three people working in the same space, and then volunteers coming,” Werrell said. “It wasn’t this machine, establishment machine kind of political campaign. It was the people who were doing it.” ~ Zach Werrell on the David Brat campaign.
There are a good number of races being fought against Republican establishment candidates who got to office, whether state or national, and began playing the political game. There are huge grassroots efforts going on to unseat these elected officials who have disappointed the constituency.
The presidential candidates would be wise to follow the Dave Brat playbook. The Presidential Preference Convention would be a major connection to the grassroots.
If the momentum keeps up, there very well could be a handful of ‘Cantorized” incumbents in local races nation wide. The NFRA will be a big part of this effort. If the presidential candidates snub the grassroots, the grassroots will flock to the local elections.
The elephant in the room is John Beohner’s primary. JD Winteregg is in a good position to beat Boehner. Boehner is at a very weak point in his popularity and the campaign has hired Brat Playbook Wizkid Zach Werrell.
On a fraction of the money Boehner spent against him in 2014, Winteregg took almost half of what he needed to defeat Boehner at the polls. The candidate is wiser, the team is stronger, Boehner is weaker and Werrell is a giant game changer that also brings the weight of an organized grassroots team. It is not just a local campaign, it is national.
Also in Ohio, a grassroots effort is mounted for Matt Lynch. Lynch is running against an incumbent a second time as well, and seems to understand the power of the grassroots. The establishment was scared enough to outspend him 10-1 in the last cycle.
In Texas, Brent Graves is working to oust physician J. D. Sheffield, a candidate who has disappointed conservatives especially on the pro-life issue. Brent already has support from grassroots state wide.
Each of these races sees a clear path to a win. Each understands the power of the grassroots. Will the presidential campaigns see it as well? Romney did not get it in 2012. I guess we will see!
If you can be in TN Saturday August 29th, you do not want to miss this event! Besides Trump and Santorum, The PolitiChicks, Babette Holder, Star Parker, KCarl Smith Trevor Louden and more will be talking the stage.
Social Media for The NFRA and the Convention:
“The best symbol of the grassroots worker I can think of is the Republican Assembly… [NFRA’s] thousands of dedicated men and women are the ones who turn all those modernistic campaign devices into real votes.
“[NFRA] provides the nucleus of the Republican candidate’s volunteer work brigade. I know from personal experience. It’s hard to imagine my campaigns being anywhere near as successful as they were without the dedication of Republican Assembly members.
“I urge you to join today.”
President Ronald Reagan
UPDATE: Donald Trumps Speech at the NFRA Presidential Preference Convention