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Avella: Wisconsin Fight Second Only to Presidential Contest in Importance

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 09:45 PM

By Henry J. Reske and John Bachman

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The recall election against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the second most important political contest in America and it must be won to preserve the commonsense budget reforms advocated by the governor, GOPAC President David Avella tells Newsmax.TV.

Avella, whose organization has worked since 1978 to educate and elect a new generation of Republican leaders, added that if the recall effort succeeded it would embolden Democrats and their union supporters.

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“When you look after the presidential race, for conservatives, this has been a very important race that the reforms that the governor and the Wisconsin Senate and House have passed, he said.

“We need to make sure they stand," he said. "Any victories by the Dems and the unions will empower them not only with confidence to reverse the reforms we’ve just passed, but around the country. It will make other state legislatures more wary of passing the reforms that need to happen to right size state government, to get spending under control and to bring the reforms that government needs to be more efficient. So we are very active there not only with Governor Walker but also in the State Senate recalls.”

Avella noted that the key to defeating the Obama agenda could be found at the state level and that registration of conservative voters was essential to that effort, adding that the GOPAC Education fund provides a website to help (voterreg.org).

“Many of these local elections and these state elections are decided by fewer than 40 or 50 votes,” Avella said. “In fact, I was just in Vermont and a state rep., a former state rep., told me that he lost by one vote – one vote – in 2010. Every vote does matter at the state and local level and if individuals, if conservatives want to be able to hold their elected officials accountable, the first way of doing that is making sure they are registered to vote.”

Avella said that voters have become cynical about Washington and its gridlock.

“They don’t think that at the state and local level,” he added. “They do see the government that is closest to them as being the one that can have the biggest difference in their lives. When you keep that focus on state and local, and the fact that people, if they want to have an impact at the state and local level and they want to be able to make a difference, again, so many of these elections at the state and local level are decided by less than 50 votes, that they can have a real impact as to who’s going to get elected.

“Those are the types of messages that when they start hearing those and they start thinking about that, that makes them want to get involved in the process. But a focus on Washington, D.C., people have come to a point where they don’t believe that their vote can make a difference at the federal level.”

Avella said Republicans can prevail in this election cycle if they keep the discussion focused on the economy, “job creation and that the best way to improve healthcare, the best way to get a better education system.”

“If we put together an agenda that voters can see what we’ll do once we’re elected to office, we can have the same type of results in 2012 that we did in 2010 where, as you know, we elected a record number of Republicans,” he added. “We haven’t had this many Republicans in state legislature since 1932. As great as it was, we at GOPAC believe that there’s still legislative chambers on the table that we can put into the Republican column.”

Avella listed them as the Iowa Senate, the Colorado Senate, the New Mexico House, the Nevada Senate, the Oregon House and the Washington State House.

“Go around the country,” he said. “There’s still opportunities for Republicans to pick up legislative chambers and enact conservative reforms that are really going to help improve our state.”

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