WINNER TAKE ALL — TEXAS’ ROLE IN CHOOSING THE PRESIDENT

Apr 7, 2012 by

First, please read the message posted below from Texas Eagle Forum. Second, please read the excerpts taken from a message sent out by David Bellow along with the link to read the rest of his article. Third, please take action:

Texas Eagle Forum

Friends,

Texas’ Role in Choosing the President

We in Texas know that we are a significant force in national conservative politics. After all, we have the largest Republican congressional delegation of any state, and ours is a conservative delegation!

We also have 155 delegates at stake in the presidential primary – that’s more than the famous first five primary states combined (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada). Those five states are considered to have set the tone for the entire presidential race, but Texas has not spoken yet – and we can speak with a louder voice and with more impact than all of those states!

Under our winner-take-all system, our 155 delegates have a significant impact on any presidential race. But this year, the Republican National Committee was poised to penalize Texas for holding our primary in March (as we always do) by imposing on us a proportional delegate count, so the Republican Party of Texas moved away from our normal presidential procedure. But then the federal courts got involved and delayed the Texas primary until May. So Texas now has an opportunity to regain its unified voice by going back to a winner-take-all primary.

Contrary to what you may have heard from the national media, the race for the Republican presidential nominee is far from over. After all, only 37% of delegates have been assigned so far; and the media has been completely wrong on the number of delegates that separate Romney from the others (particularly the oft-repeated Associated Press count) – the actual count shows the gap to be much narrower than claimed.

Texas can therefore have a clear and powerful voice in selecting a conservative Republican nominee for president by moving back to a winner-take-all system. All it takes is for the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) to call a meeting and make the rule change before the Texas primary vote. Please contact your SREC member (link here) and ask them to convene and make that change; and also contact the Republican Party of Texas (link here) and let them know that you want to see Texas regain its national voice.

Please act on this as quickly as possible – Texas, as the biggest conservative state in the country, should be allowed to speak with the loudest voice!! Thanks for all you do to keep Texas a conservative state

God bless!

David Barton (former Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, 1997-2006; National

Delegate 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996)

Paul Bettencourt (Former Treasurer, Republican Party of Texas, Former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector)

Kelly Shackelford (National Attorney; National Platform Committee member 2008, 2004, 2000)

Michael Quinn Sullivan (President, Empower Texans*)

Cathie Adams (President, Texas Eagle Forum*; National Platform Committee member 2000, 2004, 2008, Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas)
*For identification purposes only

Texas Eagle Forum, P.O. Box 795354, TX 75379, (214) 556-2777, fax-(817) 451-8490

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4.6.12 – Excerpts from David Bellow’s article:

I am a Santorum supporter and I am a Texas GOP SREC member in favor of an Emergency Meeting to go to Winner Take All, but it is very important to make it clear that I have been for winner take all WELL BEFORE I was a Santorum supporter. In fact, I was never in agreement with Texas being forced by the RNC last year to change from to Winner Take All to proportional. My past blog articles serve as proof that winner take all has never been about Santorum for me because I have been for Winner Take All well before I supported Santorum. My support for winner take all has always been about giving Texas a voice and making us relevant. We are the biggest Republican State in the nation and we are always overlooked! Could winner take all for Texas benefit Santorum? Sure it could. That is why the Santorum campaign is really getting on board with this and it is exciting his base. But it could also benefit Romney if he comes here and campaigns hard because with his money and network he could win Texas and get all of our delegates under winner take all. Winner take all is not about Santorum or Romney. It is about giving Texas a voice and getting candidates to recognize Texas and campaign here and have debates here.

To read the rest of David Bellow’s article, please go to:

http://hardincountyconservatives.blogspot.com/2012/04/texas-winner-take-all-is-not-about.html

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