A former lawmaker who's now poised to lead the California GOP
says he plans to be a "nuts-and-bolts" chairman who will implement
three basic changes that could usher in a "Republican renaissance"
Former California Senator Jim Brulte says if
he is elected chairman of the California Republican Party, his
back-to-the-basics strategy will return the state GOP -- which is
"in shambles," he says, after losing seats in November, giving
Democrats a two-thirds majority -- to its former glory (see earlier story). The party is also in debt
and struggling to gain voter registration.
Brulte told those attending a recent meeting with the San Diego
Republican Party that his first priority is to develop a statewide
funding operation to help the GOP generate funds on its own, as it
has been reliant on members of the legislature, the governors, and
gubernatorial nominees for too long.
"The party that says welfare should not be a permanent state has
become a welfare recipient," he points out. "There is no large ...
California Republican Party fundraising operation -- that's why the
California Republican Party is in debt today."
So he believes the GOP must recruit and train candidates who
represent the state's diverse population.
"Focus on the basics, and those basics are raising money,
recruiting volunteers, and recruiting and training candidates," the
Republican submits. "If we do that, 2014 could be a great year for
In the 1990s, Brutle gained the GOP a majority in
the California Assembly for the first time in 25 years. Party
faithfuls now hope he will be able to return the state's government
to a balanced two-party system.
"To have a strong, vibrant, two-party system in this state, we
have to go into every neighborhood in California and recruit
candidates from every neighborhood, help train those candidates,
and to the extent possible with the limited resources we have
provide technical support to those candidates," Brulte insists.
"I want to be maybe the most boring chairman in the history of
the California Republican Party," he continues. "I want to be the
nuts-and-bolts chairman who helps begin the process of bringing
back the Republican Party and a two-party state here in
The California GOP has dropped below 30 percent in voter
registration for the first time in history. Democrats in the
current state legislature now hold the supermajority and are poised
to raise taxes without Republican opposition.