Life In The REC (Part One And One-Half)
I’ve said this in a couple of comments, but I have joined the Lake County Republican Executive Committee (LCREC). I hope to describe what it is like in the LCREC and other entires. For ease, I will refer to them here and future “Life” entries as the REC.
Electing our officers for the next two years is almost upon us and I have thought long and hard about running for an office. The post I may seek is the 2nd Vice-Chair and I am seeking advice to see if I should run or not.
The 2nd Vice-Chair does not really have a lot of resonpilities in our by-laws, but I assume that person helps the Chair and Vice-Chair, and fills in when both are not available. I also think the 2nd Vice-Chair would be tapped to chair a sub-committee or two, to which I would not be opposed to at all.
I will not be running against anyone or because I dislike the direction of the Board, but because I am young and I think I could bring a fresh new perspective to my local REC.
I’m Conservative – I’m more like 94% conservative and 6% libertarian, but then we’re just nick-picking. I’m a life-long Republican and been listening to Rush Limbaugh for as long as I can remember. Let us just say that I’m very grounded on the right-wing of the Republican Party.
I’m Young – The medium age in my REC is 20+ my senior (I’m currently 30). While there is nothing wrong with that, I want to show the working class of my county that the Republican Party does represent them.
I’m TeaParty – I was a TeaParty member before I was an official member of the Republican Party. What better way to show we welcome the TeaParty into our ranks than to have one as an officer?
I’m New – I’m really new. I just join the REC no more than a couple of months ago. Although I see nothing wrong with this, it could be a factor when people vote.
And The Ugly
My Blog – While this might not be a factor now, if I join the Board I might have to pull back on some of my criticism of public officials when writing future blog articles.
I’m Unemployed – While this might not be a factor as well, my increased activities might start costing me money I don’t have (like gas money). If I do get a job, I will either have to work around REC activities or focus on my job.
PAC? – I’ve been thinking of starting my own PAC. I don’t know if being on the Board will effect my plans. However on the other side of the coin, they have their own PAC and I can learn a lot about running one while there.
My Girlfriend – My girlfriend is coming back from Afghanistan in April and getting an new overseas duty station just four short months after that, so I want to see if we can move in together before she heads off. Would it be moral of me to run for office if I know I might have to resign shortly afterward?
Should I run? Am I qualified? Any suggestions/advice?