I have been reading Espresso Pundit with great interest. Of course I decided to run for LD11 Chair before the election! As I said, I am a grass roots guy who has long nurtured our Republican Party from many different positions….precinct committeeman, State Finance Chairman, Trunk and Tusk head, Governor…to name a few. I first decided to run because I was very concerned about the deep divisions in LD 11 and I was convinced that these divisions would lead to problems for Republican candidates. I felt that my prior experience at all political levels could benefit the District and bring us together. My fears came true when we had a huge failure on election day with the loss of a legislative seat (the first in over 30 years). One can make many excuses for failure, but this serious defeat clearly lays at the feet of current leadership. I hear that the word is out that I haven’t been to meetings in the District. Well, I am a recent arrival and just ran for precinct committeeman. But, seriously, how could anyone believe that I am not a dedicated Republican warrior? I have been to more Republican meetings around this State, spoken on behalf of more candidates, and held more fundraisers than most. I ran statewide for office five times (two primaries and three generals) successfully and I know how vital it is to have a united effort at the grassroots in order to succeed on election day !