Republicans for Kerry Commence Operations in Swing State

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Republicans for Kerry Â?04 today announced that it is extending its reach to grassroots operations targeting many of the Â?swing states.Â?

Republicans for Kerry ’04 today announced that it is extending its reach from an online community with a national membership, to grassroots operations targeting many of the “swing states” whose electoral votes may decide the outcome of the presidential election.

An outgrowth of a Yahoo online community founded in March 2004, the group has identified state group leaders in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington. The state groups will focus on spreading the “Country Before Party” message to local media, and will team up with other organizations in supporting the Kerry-Edwards campaign and get-out-the-vote efforts.

“Both candidates consider Oregon a battleground state,” Republicans for Kerry Oregon leader David Griffith said recently. “Unfortunately the State Republican Party has stated that it will do anything, that is, it will do whatever it has to do to make sure that Bush wins here in November…. I got a call from the State Party when Ralph Nader was here to go down to the campaign rally and sign the petition to get him on the ballot.”

In West Virginia the Bush record on the environment is an issue. “The Bush administration pressured the state to whitewash the polluters,” observed West Virginia group leader Allan Tweddle. “They fired a 35-year seasoned and respected mine safety engineer because he dared to reject ‘adjustable ethics’ and the compromised science” that has characterized the Bush administration.

In Arizona, the McCain influence has led many Republicans to reject their party’s drift to the right. “Arizona has long been a leader in defining the objectives and values of the Republican Party,” said Arizona group leader and octogenarian Harry Wettig. “A majority of members solidly identify with the rational, conservative concepts expressed

over the past four years by John McCain”, he added.”

Whether it is the Bush environmental record in Nevada, lost jobs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, concern in Florida or Washington state for the cost in dollars and lives of the Bush war in Iraq, Republicans in all the swing states are finding reasons to break with their party this year. It is these voters Republicans for Kerry ’04 begins reaching out to today, with a message to join them in support of candidates who more honestly represent traditional Republican values: John Kerry and John Edwards.

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