I want to start this post by thanking all of you who offered support and encouragement in my campaign for Republican National Committeeman at the GOP State Convention this past weekend. It was a tremendous experience, a roller-coaster to be sure, but so many of you were there for me and I will be forever grateful.
If you had told me even a few weeks ago, that I would be within a hundred or so votes of defeating Steve Scheffler for National Committeeman, I would have told you that you were crazy. While I did not win the election, I believe that I (not just me, but we) had an impact and will help shape the discussion in the future.
I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate our National Committeeman, Steve Scheffler. Steve is absolutely correct when he says that he was instrumental in bringing about a conservative revolution in the Iowa Republican Party. It says something about our party that in this race between four Christian conservative candidates no one thought that this would be an opportunity for a moderate to jump in and become National Committeeman.
There have been many times over the years when Steve and I have been allies and fought together for conservative ideals within this party. And I truly believe that we will find ourselves on the same side on many issues in the years to come.
To my fellow Republicans,
My name is David Chung and I am asking for your support in my campaign for National Committeeman. At the recent district convention, I was re-elected to my third term on the Republican State Central Committee. Some of you may know me from our state conventions where over the years I have chaired both platform and rules committees. I have been involved in the Republican Party of Iowa ever since returning to the state nearly two decades ago to raise my family. I am an Iowan by birth and by choice.
I am a Christian, a born-again believer, so I guess that makes me a social conservative. I have been a small business owner, I’ve written those checks to the IRS, so I guess that makes me a fiscal conservative. I have two boys on active duty in the Army and Navy, so I guess that makes me a strong national defense conservative. Even so, I believe it was wrong for George W. Bush and for this president to send my boys into combat without a declaration of war, so I guess that makes me a constitutional conservative.
If you read the posts on this blog you will get a pretty good picture of who I am and what I believe. Despite my conservative bona fides, I believe that the number one quality you should look for in a National Committeeman is not ideology, rather it is integrity.
Over the years, I have become concerned about the influence of outside money and special interests on our party and its leaders. During my last term on the State Central Committee, at least six of my colleagues were either paid staff of presidential campaigns or issue organizations that were trying to influence our party. If you elect me as National Committeeman, I promise that I will not accept money from any candidate or special interest group. The only special interest group I will serve is YOU — the Republican Party of Iowa.
I am looking forward to seeing you in Des Moines on Saturday and I hope you will:
Vote Chung for National Committeeman — for Integrity
Any questions? Give me a call at 319.431.5282