Fifth Generation Rockefeller Calls for Declaration of Interdependence - Freedom from “Gridlock as a Political Strategy”

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Dave Spencer announces “Practically Republican,” a book calling for citizens to hold the GOP accountable for results, not rhetoric


Practically Republican

Practically Republican, a community of concerned citizens seeking to restore sensible, issue-oriented pragmatism to the Republican party, announced the release of the book, “Practically Republican: How Concerned Citizens Can Renew & Reclaim the GOP,” by founder Dave Spencer. With the Republican presidential primary season approaching, it is critical for voters to forge a movement that politicians cannot ignore, Spencer said. The goal is to shake free from a party valuing partisanship and ideological purity more than progress solving the critical issues facing the nation.

Spencer is the grandson of John D. Rockefeller III, and is a proud bearer of the Rockefeller family’s legacy of philanthropy and political involvement––a long history of government service that includes Senators, Governors and a Vice President. The term, “Rockefeller Republican,” which he embraces, refers to a time when the GOP was a problem-solving party that was fiscally disciplined, fully accountable, open-minded on social issues, and willing to compromise in order to find political solutions to pressing national problems.

“We’ve got to free ourselves from gridlock as a political strategy,” Spencer says. “There was a time when the Republican Party didn’t view compromise as a dirty word. Politics isn’t a business of purity; it’s the art of the possible. It’s about reaching across the aisle to make progress by best serving the American people, without keeping score between a winner and a loser. Returning to this approach is not a step backward, but a giant step forward.”

“Not only are our leaders not working together, they don’t even talk to each other,” Spencer said. “We can’t afford to wait for them. Ordinary citizens can take the first steps towards a more functional party and government with respectful, meaningful dialog and rational civil debate. The motto of Practically Republican is, ‘Let’s Talk,’ because that’s how positive change begins.”

The free book can be downloaded at, an online community where visitors can find and share news, insights and opinions about how to reshape the politics of the party and the nation.

About Dave Spencer
The grandson of John D. Rockefeller III, Dave Spencer continues his family’s legacy of philanthropy and public service with the founding of Practically Republican, a community of like-minded citizens working together to make the GOP the problem-solving party it has historically been. Spencer is the author of “Practically Republican: How Concerned Citizens Can Renew & Reclaim The GOP,” serves on the Executive Committee of the California Republican Party and is an Executive Board Member of the No Labels Foundation. Spencer is also the founder of BayKids, a nonprofit organization that serves children through self-empowerment programs. For more information, visit

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