Dear Fellow Young Republicans,
First and foremost, I want to take a moment to thank you. You took vast amounts of your precious personal time to make calls, walk the streets and donate money to Senator McCain and Governor Palin, as well as for our YR candidates: Bill Buran, John Chromczak, and Saul Farber. Once again I thank you.
More importantly, I need you to know that your efforts were not in vain. Let’s look at the numbers: the New York Young Republican Club had 12 members in August of 2001. Today we have close to 800. In the heart of liberal New York City, we’re the oldest, largest and most active Young Republican Club in the nation.
We had 3 YRs run for office, and in a not-so-friendly Republican year they held their own, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund very difficult campaigns to give New Yorkers a choice on the ballot. I salute them for their tireless effort and for putting themselves out there.
But the fight isn’t over, the political war has just begun and I’m not talking Democrats vs. Republicans. I’m talking our fight for survival in New York State. We face the challenge of a lifetime, right here in New York. The loss of the Presidential Election, the New York State Senate Majority, and our Republican stronghold in Staten Island are just a few reasons why we need to come together.
Friends, we look to the future and you are a part of that future -- A future that we must begin, today, together.
The NYYRC is steadfast in its commitment to our party, our ideals, and our values. I ask you today to make a commitment to our party. Make a commitment to not allow this country to remain a “one party-in-power” system. Make a commitment to be a larger part of the organization that’s going to hold the Democrats' feet to the fire and keep them honest over the next 2-4 years, statewide and nationally. Make a commitment to the New York Young Republican Club. Become a member, become a committee member, just get more involved in anyway you can. The only way to fix a broken system is to get in and get your hands dirty.
It’s like what the great Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” And as you know, that man knew a little something about winning.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are here, we are NOT going away without a fight and I know that in order to get back to winning, we need to get back to basics. We need to get back to the days of Ronald Reagan, where a big tent, an open mind, and personal and fiscal responsibility were the cornerstones of the Grand Old Party. Now is the time to get involved.
Lynn Krogh President – NYYRC, Inc.