It’s Time for New Leadership
in the Oregon Republican Party.
My new book, Making Oregon Great Again: Guide to the Grassroots Revitalization of the Oregon Republican Party (and the Defeat of the Ruling Class), is published! It describes the political myths we Republicans must face head-on and then discard, what really happened in the 2018 Republican primary election (to serve as lessons for the future), and a specific plan to resuscitate the ORP. For your free copy, click here to download. we also have a limited supply of the hard-copy version available*
A LOT has been going on over the past months and now that the elections are well behind us and we’ve digested the sad results, it’s time to take action to turn things around. Here are the key points. Stay tuned here and on the Facebook page (Sam Carpenter Make Oregon Great Again).
- I have entered the race for Oregon Republican Party Chairman. The ORP biannual organization meeting is in Salem, on February 15-16. Diana and I especially feel an obligation to the 90,000 Republicans who voted for me in the primary race last May.
- I have a slate of officer candidates: three strong, clear-thinking, highly qualified ORP platform-supporting individuals to join me: Wally Hicks of Grants Pass as Vice Chair, Gayle Ostgard of Sherwood as Secretary, and Tracy Cheeseman of La Grande as Treasurer. Here are bios for each of us.
- The slate’s position is this: the ORP needs new direction. You know this already: we have four more years of Kate Brown and both chambers of the legislature are now Democrat super-majorities. We haven’t had a Republican governor for over thirty years. Politically, we’re now at the bottom and the ORP must revitalize with brand new leadership.
- The ORP has a primary purpose and it’s described at the very beginning of the current bylaw document (Google: “Oregon Republican Party Bylaws”). Here is the first sentence of the rather lengthy paragraph, verbatim: “…elect Republicans, who promote the platform of the Oregon Republican Party, to public office…” Like you, I completely agree with that clear and pointed objective.
- The ORP Central Committee members must officially, visibly and mechanically support the ORP Platform. And Board members must overtly support our Republican President. We’re Republicans and he is the Republican leader of our Party.
- I ask the remainder of the hard-working members of the current Executive Committee to consider staying to work with our new leadership. After the election, I am ready to talk to you one-on-one about that.
- I quietly focused on conservative matters between the primary election and up to the general election, silent the whole time, sure that Knute Buehler would not be elected governor and that there was the probability we would be faced with Democrat super-majorities in both chambers. Why was I silent? One reason is that Buehler never asked for my support. And there’s this: if I had criticized him in any way, his loss would be blamed on me and my grassroots supporters, rather than on the real reason for his defeat, that he did not represent the Republican base. There are other reasons too.
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Thank you everyone for your support. More coming soon. Stay tuned!
*For a soft-cover edition of the book and shipping, send $20.00 to MOGA, North Sister Publishing, 141 NW Greenwood Ave., Ste 200, Bend, OR 97703 (Be sure to include your mailing address. Book will be mailed the same day we receive your check.)