New York, NY (PRWEB) August 10, 2004
Republicans for Kerry Â04 today announced that it is extending its reach from an online community with a national membership, to grassroots operations targeting many of the Âswing statesÂ 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 ÂCountry Before PartyÂ message to local media, and will team up with other organizations in supporting the Kerry-Edwards campaign and get-out-the-vote efforts.
ÂBoth candidates consider Oregon a battleground state,Â Republicans for Kerry Oregon leader David Griffith said recently. ÂUnfortunately 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 NovemberÂ . 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.Â
In West Virginia the Bush record on the environment is an issue. ÂThe Bush administration pressured the state to whitewash the polluters,Â observed West Virginia group leader Allan Tweddle. ÂThey fired a 35-year seasoned and respected mine safety engineer because he dared to reject Âadjustable ethicsÂ and the compromised scienceÂ that has characterized the Bush administration.
In Arizona, the McCain influence has led many Republicans to reject their partyÂs drift to the right. ÂArizona has long been a leader in defining the objectives and values of the Republican Party,Â said Arizona group leader and octogenarian Harry Wettig. ÂA majority of members solidly identify with the rational, conservative concepts expressed
over the past four years by John McCainÂ, he added.Â
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 Â04 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.
REPUBLICANS FOR KERRY
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