Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on the California Republican Party Convention & Voter Outreach Hopes

The California Republican Party faithful spent the better part of the weekend discussing the need to broaden their appeal beyond their base. Talk is easy, doing is the difficult part, especially for a Republican Party that has dipped to 29% statewide voter registration. 

Republicans suddenly want to talk about attracting more Latino voters to their ranks. That's difficult to accomplish when their elected officials still don't support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a clear path to citizenship for those immigrants already here, contributing to their local communities. 

Republicans now talk of making a stronger appeal to women at the polls. Tough to do when the state Party platform still calls for overturning Roe v. Wade which would end a woman's right to make her own choices about her health and her family.  

But the coup de grace of their fantasy outreach dreams may well be their stated desire to engage and compete for the youth vote. Young voters will continue to turn their backs on this California Republican Party because Republicans continue to deny the very existence of global warming, deny same-sex partners the right to marry and insist on staying in the NRA's pocket. 

So long as Republicans continue to pander to a shrinking minority of Tea Party fanatics, they can expect to drive an ever-growing share of the California electorate into the waiting arms of the Democratic Party and those candidates who share our vision.





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