Republicans To Meet On March 16
As the presidential election cycle gears up, the battle lines are being drawn all over the country and Rock awayA0is no exception. Local Demo crats and Republicans have been de bating the relative merits of their candidates for months now, including in this paper’s letters-to-the-editor pages. A lot of issues are in play and there are strong feelings on both sides. Now the newly revived "Rock away Republi cans" group has in formed us they are convening their first official meeting at theA0The Belle Harbor Yacht Club onA0March 16, 2004 at 8 PM and they’re inviting all interested Rockaway Republicans to participate.
According to club spokesperson Thomas Lynch, a former Democrat who recently switched party allegiances in the wake of the Bush ad ministration’s response to the terrorist attacks on this country on 9/11, the new Republican group’sA0intention is "to revive Republican activism on this peninsulaA0and support Pres ident George W. Bush for re-election in light of his courageous reply to the terrorist attacks that destroyed the Trade Center towers and killed thousands of Americans."
Lynch notes that, in his opinion,A0the president’s recordA0on this matter "has beenA0exemplary," including his ac tions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He adds, "the Democrats have mainly been wafflers and pursuers of political expediency in everything they’ve done and said after 9/11, once they began thinking about replacing Bush." Still, LynchA0admits to admiring the organizational skills and the energy ofA0Rockaway’s Democrats and hopesA0lo cal Republicans will learn from them. "I’d like toA0see our group become as well organized and as involved in local affairs as Lew Simon’s Democratic club," he asserts.A0A0
Continuing in this vein, Lynch notes, "Republicans have been too quiet for too long, leaving the field to those who favor so-called progressive policies like gay marriage, higher taxes andA0ag gressive environmentalism at any price. We believeA0government shouldn’t be in the business ofA0trying to change our society’s standards and mores. And it shouldn’t be used to indiscriminately hamstring economic activity in the name of a radical agenda. There’s a balance that needs to be struck butA0this city’sA0Democrats, es pecially here in Rock away,A0are no longer balancedA0by any serious opposition to theirA0agenda." Lynch adds that he’s hoping to see a nice turnout at this initial meeting and thatA0theA0items discussed willA0in clude planning the future structure of the new Republican group, establishing links with other Repub lican clubs and organizations around the city, developing a plan to assist the president’s re-election bid and es tablishing a body of principles around which membership can coalesce in order to bring another perspective to Rock away politics.A0"Tell your readers to stop by if they’d like to be part of our new initiative," Lynch adds. "We want as broad-based a Re publican group as possible."