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Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Challenge has been Made



Thursday, May 8, 2008

Virginia Republicans Launch Statewide Effort to Strengthen Grassroots

RICHMOND, VA – Attorney General Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, and Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) Chairman John Hager are leading an effort to build the party’s grassroots organizations throughout the Commonwealth.

The “AG-LG-RPV Challenge” calls on all local Republican committees to double their membership rolls by Labor Day. Those committees that meet this challenge will receive extra funding to support their organizations’ activities, including get-out-the-vote efforts for this fall’s elections.

“Reaching out to those Virginians who share our principles and getting them involved is essential to strengthening the Republican Party and winning elections,” said Chairman Hager. “This initiative reflects the unity within the Party and will pay dividends not only in 2008, but in years to come as well.”

With key congressional, Senate, and presidential elections on tap for November, Republicans see this as an excellent opportunity to bring new people into the party.

“We are calling on all Virginia Republicans to reach out to their family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to get them involved in the Republican Party,” said McDonnell. “Recent elections have made it abundantly clear that Virginia is a competitive state. To be successful in future elections we must have a Party that is robust, active, and constantly growing. Through this challenge we will grow our Party, and we will spread our positive results-oriented message that is based on our conservative principles.”

Bolling pointed out the importance of a well-organized volunteer effort to a successful campaign.

“To win any election you have to have a good air war and a good ground war,” said Bolling. “The air war is television, radio and mass mail. The ground war is an energized and motivated group of volunteers at the grassroots effort who are willing to do lit drops, put up yard signs, knock on doors and work the polls on election day. The goal of the AG-LG-RPV challenge is to help our local Republican committees recruit a new generation of volunteers to help us get our message out and turn our vote out. If we do this effectively, it will improve our chances of victory in 2008 and 2009.”

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