It is time to put an end to the rumors and speculation, I (David Chung) am officially announcing my candidacy for National Committeeman. For those of you who are interested, you can discover a great deal about me by reading the pages of this blog. I have tried over the years to give my commentary on political issues, especially those affecting our state party.
I have served two terms on the State Central Committee, and at the First District Convention in Grinnell, I was elected to a third term by my new district. I was motivated to run for SCC in 2008 because I could not believe that the SCC had re-elected a party chairman after the electoral train wreck of 2006 when we lost both the Iowa House and Senate.
When I was elected, I vowed to bring transparency to the process of electing a state chairman. Prior to my first term, the election of the state chairman was done in secret. No one really knew who was running. When the vote was taken, even the members of the SCC did not know what the actual numbers were, the State Auditor counted the votes, declared the winner and then the SCC voted to make it unanimous.
The first chair election after I was on the SCC was completely different. Campaigns were public and candidates reached out to rank and file Republicans asking for support. The vote was carried out by secret ballot but the results were blogged and tweeted to the world in real time. I was a supporter of Matt Strawn in both of his campaigns and under his leadership we saw tremendous fundraising and electoral success. We were able to win back Terrace Hill and the Iowa House as well as make significant gains in the Iowa Senate.
As mentioned on these pages I have fought, not always successfully, to bring openness to the process of selecting National Delegates. I will continue to fight to do away with the Friday night District Nominating Conventions which violate the RPI Constitution. I believe that the business of the district should be done at the District Convention when the entire district is present not in Des Moines when only those who have chosen to take the day off, make the drive and stay in a hotel can be there.
Each time that I have been elected to the SCC, I have promised that I would: not endorse any candidate in a Republican primary, not take money from any candidate or candidate’s committee and that I would vigorously support every Republican candidate that had won their primary. I have kept my promise, when my good friend Christian Fong ran for Governor in 2010; I resigned from the SCC in order to support his campaign. Though the proposal comes officially form the State Executive Council, I am the author of the ethics amendment we will be voting on at the State Convention.
If I am elected to the RNC, the only special interest group that I will be beholden to is you, the Republican Party of Iowa. My goal on the RNC would be to represent you in such a way that Iowa maintains its first-in-the-nation status and to see that decisions made at the national level would help to build the framework we need to elect Republicans from the White House to the courthouse.
If you are a delegate, I urge you to come to the District Nominating Conventions on Friday June 15th and the State Convention the next day. There may be several candidates running for National Committeeman and the choice you make may well impact whether the Iowa Caucuses remain First in the Nation.
Vote David Chung for National Committeeman, on June 16th.