From the President's Desk
TFRW President Barbara Trautman
Thank you to all who attended the January 27th TFRW Board Meeting. Scott Golden got us fired up for our busy campaign year. We have a great start to 2018!
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" are the insightful words of Helen Keller, which applies to the Republican Party today. When we join forces with others, we can have a great impact, which is what we are going to do this year.
2018 is a big election year, and we Republicans must work together to keep our Republican seats in elections across the state. The Democrats are energized because they really turned out in the Virginia governor's race to defeat Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. In special elections for Congress around the country last year in very Republican districts, the votes were closer than expected. In our state, look what happened in last year's special election in Republican Senate District 17. Our Republican candidate won over his Democrat opponent by only a small margin. Democrats want to take our Republican seats. We can't let that happen!
Voter turnout in mid-term elections tends to be lower than in Presidential elections. For that reason, we need an aggressive plan.
As Scott Golden told us on January 27th, "We need to work to keep TN Red to the Roots." With that in mind, our TFRW plan is for all of our 50 federated clubs across the state to work with their county Republican Parties. Our clubs must recruit many, many volunteers to work to increase voter registration, voter turnout, and to elect more Republicans. Having a plan, executing it and having the pieces come together is a winning strategy. We need to focus on our part of the plan and implement it well.
Ladies, TFRW Bylaws state that "Neither this organization nor its President, nor its Area Vice Presidents, nor its Clubs or Club Presidents shall endorse any candidate for office before the Primaries."
However, the NFRW published "A Practical Guide to the Political Activity of Local Clubs." The relevant section reads:
"Local clubs may organize volunteers to staff telephones banks, conduct registration drives, and distribute campaign literature. Federal and most state campaign reporting laws only require reports to be filed for monetary contributions and in-kind contributions and not the provision of personal services. Thus, volunteer activity should be encouraged and undertaken by local clubs."
I encourage you to volunteer at a field headquarters, and then recruit more volunteers. You could be the Volunteer Coordinator. You could assign your volunteers to make phone calls, knock on doors, help with mailers, or be early voting or election day poll workers. All volunteers are necessary for a successful plan.
Right now, voter registration is the most important activity that you should be working on. Notice that the last day to register voters for the May 1 primary is April 2, 2018.
After the August 2 primary for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the Tennessee Senate and Tennessee House of Representatives, we will have a very aggressive "Get Out the Vote" plan. To be continued..............................................................
TFRW President, 2018-2019