We tested our Hispanic engagement strategy in the New Jersey gubernatorial election with positive results–winning one county (Passaic) that had never gone Republican because of our Latino staff and offices making inroads in the community.
Tom Szymanski is the new top operative for Monmouth County Republicans, Save Jerseyans.
He’ll serve as the new executive direct for Chairman John Bennett’s organization.
Szymanski graduated from Rowan University last year and served as the RNC field director for Monmouth County in the 2013 cycle where Chris Christie triumphed with more than 70% of the vote. Tom also previously held the title of Chairman of the New Jersey College Republicans from May 2011 to May 2012 and worked as a victory coordinator for Jon Runyan’s 2012 reelection campaign.
First and foremost, let’s call a spade a spade: the Virginia candidacy of Ken Cuccinelli still looks like a long-shot proposition despite anecdotal evidence of a late-in-the-game tightening. It’s also been a rough couple of years for the national party (not exactly news, right?). The RNC understandably prefers the optics offered by the Christie boardwalk victory party in Asbury Park to what likely awaits the embattled Virginia Republican Party.
But the calculus attendant to Tuesday naturally goes a little deeper than embracing a win and creating distance from a loss…
This one’s for our political demographers in the audience:
On Monday, Save Jerseyans, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that it is deploying “Hispanic engagement staff” in seven U.S. states: California, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.
The RNC said by way of a press release that it plans to duplicate these efforts in 11 other states by the end of 2013, although the initial list is pretty interesting in of itself. “Ambitious” is another word that comes to mind.
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) even created a card that’s just right for the occasion:
Still, some of you in the Save Jersey audience might be higher “flyers” than Senator Menendez. You could be looking to blow a LOT more on your sweetheart today.
If you or anyone you know, Save Jerseyans, weren’t among the record 67 million Americans who experienced last night’s Denver presidential debate, then make sure this is the part that’s watched… #romdomination!
Clint Eastwood’s monologue at the Republican National Convention was met with mixed reviews. Not surprisingly, the conservatives loved it and roared their approval. Endlessly portrayed as out-of-touch nerds by the media, they basked in the presence of one of Hollywood’s true icons.
Look up “cool” in the dictionary and I’ll bet there is a reference to Clint Eastwood somewhere.
Meanwhile, the liberals, stung by the truth of Eastwood’s words, chose to attack the messenger instead. Dismissing him as a geriatric suffering from Parkinson’s, they turned on one of Hollywood’s elite for having the audacity to be a free-thinker.
So much for being the party of tolerance and inclusion.
So the GOP had its party last week and the Democrats now get their turn. While the DNC in Charlotte has not yet officially begun, lots of buzz has been mounting around the three day event.
Being that the DNC is going second this year, you will hear a lot of rebuttal to what you heard last week. You’ll hear an already circulating refrain that the GOP is running a party and a platform from a different decade or century. And finally, you’ll hear an ode to the greatness of government, rather than that greatness that is America, as you heard last week.
So with all of the substantial differences that will surely be discussed at water coolers and here on Save Jersey all week long, lets focus on something completely superficial for a moment.
The set at the RNC, a multi-screen set up that changed to compliment the speeches being given, was the subject of praise and scorn on twitter. Some found the moving background incredibly distracting and downright annoying while people were speaking. Others found it to be a brilliant and modern tool that helped with the presentation.
Getting the first good look at the DNC stage, it seems that they will bet taking a similar approach with multiple, coordinated LCDs, but with a more circular look.
So I ask you the important question, Save Jerseyans, which set is best?
Eastwood, 82, gave an ad-lib speech beside a chair representing President Obama. It was a shtick right out of the golden days of comedy. The speech has gotten under the skin of Democrats and has been championed by the right especially on social media.
Immediately following the blockbuster star’s address, the left took to the airwaves and started to insult the actor not based on what he said but based on his age. They claimed the “old man” had lost his touch. They said the speech missed its mark and was a total flop. Progressives went to Twitter and began insulting Dirty Harry as an old man yelling at an empty chair with the tagline “#eastwooding.”
Anytime a speech elicits that sort of overreaction from those across the aisle you know they’re in full emergency mode…
It was a week to remember in Tampa, Save Jerseyans.
I made new friends from around the country, met fellow journalists from around the world, and got to share in a remarkable piece of history as the assembled delegates nominated Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. What else could you ask for???
You can visit our Save Jersey archives for more of my videos, photos and observations from the 2012 Republican National Convention. What follows is several more image from my time at the RNC. Enjoy!
Condi Rice's left arm! I got a chance to speak with the former Secretary of State about her new hobby... golf!
I had a chance to interview U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
It may all be over now, Save Jerseyans, but on the opening night of the 2012 Republican National Convention, several speakers wowed the crowd into submission.
First it was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker praising Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney. Then came Texas Senatorial hopeful Ted Cruz speaking of his father embracing making his own way in America as a Cuban immigrant. Democrat turned Republican Artur Davis encouraged Democrats to witness the truth about President Obama and come across the aisle as he did. Ann Romney inspired the crowd with her personal survivor stories and her life journey with Mitt. And the keynote address, of course, was delivered by our very own Governor Chris Christie.
Governor Christie spoke like a true statesman Tuesday night, comparing the two fundamentally different visions of America from the right and the progressive left, and leading the crowd into an overwhelming show support for Mitt Romney instead of just against Barack Obama. He hit on many pressing issues including one major intangible quality in his speech; and that was leadership.
In New Jersey’s First Congressional District, we have lacked similar leadership for as long as I have been alive, Save Jerseyans. Congressman Rob Andrews has time and time again demonstrated a lack of any sense of this all-important quality. He is as rank-and-file liberal as they come. He has sided against the people whom he is supposed to represent.
The Democrats have been trotting out a narrative in the mainstream media for nearly a year now.
The message? The Republican Party is so against woman that they, as a party, have declared war on the fairer sex.
Of course, as informed individuals we all know that this is ridiculous.
It offensively assumes that the only issue important to women is abortion, and that anyone who finds it morally wrong wants to tell women what to do with their bodies. It ignores the fact that women in this country are often the breadwinners of the family and the head decision maker. It ignores the fact that the economy effects women just as much as it does men, if not more so. And it assumes that women are a single, monolithic block that votes as one. They aren’t.
President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.”
President Barack Obama’s social media response?
As the great Clint Eastwood would say, “hot dogging it” on Twitter:
Now, this species of extreme arrogance is a hallmark of the Obama Presidency. It’s also a central organizing principle of liberal ideology. Coincidence? Nope! These people (i.e. statists) really believe the path to salvation runs through government; promoting a secular messiah for high office is only a natural extension of their larger delusion. Republicans, however, see the world a little differently. That’s why this week’s RNC was a celebration of individual liberty and initiative, capped off by a parade of testimonials to Mitt Romney’s charitable nature of which he is far too modest to discuss himself.
So take comfort in my favorite biblical quote heading into next week’s DNC, Save Jerseyans: “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Keep tweeting, Mr. President. Your political retirement is nigh, and your arrogance is the prime catalyst.
Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.
I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility.
Tonight I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future. By my side, I have chosen a man with a big heart from a small town. He represents the best of America, a man who will always make us proud – my friend and America’s next Vice President, Paul Ryan.
In the days ahead, you will get to know Paul and Janna better. But last night America got to see what I saw in Paul Ryan – a strong and caring leader who is down to earth and confident in the challenge this moment demands.
I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he’s not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom.
The Republican National Convention is coming to a close with some big speeches tonight!
Here’s live stream coverage of Marco Rubio, Clint Eastwood, and of course Mitt Romney’s 2012 RNC keynote addresses, in their entirety, from the convention floor in Tampa, Florida; if it’s not working, visit The Right Scoop for multiple, back up live streams here:
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