Building the Party: E3 Vanguard works to draw minorities, women to the GOP

There’s a lot of talk about Republican in-fighting these days. From cable television to lunchtime chatter, I hear complaints (veiled as “observations”) near weekly. Politicos question the validity of strategies embraced by certain Republicans. Activists, rightly agitated by the dismal state of affairs in a Democrat-led America, demand flashy demonstrations from politicians lest they be seen as “RINOs” (google that one). All the while, elected members of the Grand Ole Party try to balance on a teetering beam of staying true to Republican ideals and negotiating fair deals to govern effectively.

It isn’t always pretty and can be a source of embarrassment for some Republicans. Not this one: I’m a Republican, and quite proud of it. I’m a Republican because I believe we stand for all the right things (no pun intended). There are lots of Republicans. Some I like; some I don’t. Some are especially conservative while others gravitate toward the middle. But that’s okay, because I think our party wouldn’t be so grand if we were a homogenous sort.

Diversity is key to sustaining the Republican Party and, with it, ensuring that conservative ideas are pushed forward in future generations…which means internal disagreements should be pushed aside to focus on evangelizing to those currently outside our reach.

The folks over at E3 Vanguard are doing just that. A group of roughly 100 members, E3 Vanguard was founded last November to focus on, among other issues, growing the Republican Party by strategic outreach to the African American community. Its leadership committee includes president Nic Lott, Rita Wray, Veronica Naylor, and Lee Bush.

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