We don't yet have a GOP candidate winning the primary votes needed to clinch the nomination, but I want to put some thoughts and names out there for the VP selection. Rush Limbaugh has a sidekick, Mr. Snerdley, who is a great guy, and I truly believe he is Rush Limbaugh's sidekick for that reason alone. He also shields Rush from being labeled a racist. Rush is the spear point of conservatism, and he is always attacked, but Mr. Snerdley has kept any racist label from ever sticking to Rush.
The GOP nominee should pick for his VP someone who can do no harm to his candidacy. It should be someone who can help the candidate's support be broadly appealing in more than just one region of the country. Let's look at the parts of the US, and what percent the GOP is in each region.
Now just for the sake of discussion, let's say that Rick Perry wins the nomination, and the majority of his support is from the South. This only accounts for 37% of the GOP, and he can perhaps broaden his appeal by choosing a VP candidate who is not of the South. He can also broaden his appeal by choosing someone who is not another white guy for his VP. Below I have three people who I have not heard anyone talking about as a possible VP pick. They all have their own compelling story of success in this land of opportunity, the USA. Give it some thought. A sidekick like this has definitely worked out quite well for Rush Limbaugh.
Ken Blackwell's professional background includes:
From 1979 to 1980, Blackwell served as Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. Earlier, he had been a member of the Cincinnati city council.
Blackwell served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush as undersecretary in the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1989 to 1990.
President Bush appointed Blackwell ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Blackwell served in that post from 1992 to 1993.
Blackwell was elected treasurer in 1994 and was elected Ohio Secretary of State in 1998. Blackwell was re-elected secretary of state in 2002.
Blackwell was national chairman of longtime friend Steve Forbes' presidential campaign in 2000.
Ryan Frazier’s professional background includes:
A partner at Takara systems, a small IT business that develops and integrates software
5 years in the U.S. Navy assigned to the National Security Agency where he led a team of analysts and reporters charged with critical missions in support of national security priorities
8 years between Raytheon Corp in aerospace and Avaya Inc in telecommunications leading process improvements that all together delivered over $20million in savings and/or revenue to the respective companies
A co-founder and board member of the public charter High Point academy which currently serves over 400 pre-K through 8th students
Previously appointed to the state of Colorado’s Private Occupation Schools Board which had oversight of nearly 300 schools' curricula and charters.
Raul Labrador's professional background includes:
Raul Labrador was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, raised by a single mother. He has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. Labrador earned his law degree at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a small businessman and is the owner and managing partner of a law firm.
Labrador was elected to represent the 14th district in the Idaho House of Representatives in 2006.
On May 25, 2010 Labrador won an upset victory in the Republican primary, defeating military veteran Vaughn Ward, the preferred candidate of the Washington D.C. GOP establishment. Labrador defeated Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick in the general election. Labrador did well in debates and stuck to his core message: I'm a real conservative, with a record you can trust. Labrador's biggest virtue was patience, kind of keeping his mouth shut and waiting for Ward to come back to him in the race.
Raul Labrador lives in Eagle, Idaho with his wife Rebecca and their five children. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Cross-posted at Unified Patriots