The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A word from Reince Priebus and Ashley Bell: 'No more red state, blue state'
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, is in town on Thursday for a conversation with black Republicans on the future of the GOP and the results of the 2012 presidential contest.
Below is an op-ed piece produced under the signatures of both Priebus and Ashley Bell, who put the session together.
Bell is a former Hall County commissioner, who lost his seat shortly after switching parties - to the Republican side. I marked the most interesting paragraph in bold:
After the 2012 election, Republicans knew we had to get to work growing our party. The election exposed trends showing we must reach more voters. So the Republican National Committee (RNC) launched the Growth and Opportunity Project in December to get input from across the country. What could the party do better? How could we better communicate our message where it's not being heard?
On Thursday, the Growth and Opportunity Project came to Atlanta. We gathered with local African American leaders and political activists to solicit answers to those questions and more. The feedback we received--along with information gathered from similar meetings and thousands of individuals--will help guide the Republican Party as we work to be more welcoming and more inclusive.
Republicans want to be a party for every American in every neighborhood in every state. That's why we must end the practice of labeling states red and blue. That's why we must build relationships in communities where we haven't been. That's why we must stop talking about "reaching out" and start working on "welcoming in."
We need to get to know voters where they live and work and worship. We need to build our presence in minority communities and urban centers - not just in Election Years, but in ever year.
This is not just about winning elections. It's about doing what's right for America. Republicans know our principles, when applied through smart policy, can do the most good for the most Americans.
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GOP Growth and Opportunity Project