Just got off the NRCC conference call here is a quick summery of what went on:
Andrew Clark Digital press secretary welcomed us
Digital director Gerrit Lansing came on briefly to say The NRCC is winning because we are on offense, anxious to hear the ideas from those on the calls (twitter & new media folk).
I like that, more offense, less defense
Next came NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR)
How we are staying on offense:
1. We are finding terrific recruits
2. Exceeding budget on fundraising
3. Timing, Historically 6th year is a bad year for a party, but “We have to make our history it doesn’t make itself.”
Stepping up on digital outreach. Being aggressive in the creative approach (in addition to traditional media & shoe leather)
some predict 2-7 seats & I’d like to do more.
Then the congressman took questions: (answers are condensed summaries I was typing as I went along I include my own comments on the answers after them).
Question (DaTechGuy): In the immigration bill what are we doing to make sure the grass-roots are not angered by Immigration Bill and stay home as they did in 2012?
A: Those decisions are made across the hall but We’re not going to pick up the senate bill and move that. House will use different procedures than senate.= and will address border security.
I would have like more along the lines of “this isn’t going anywhere” myself.
(Tom Dougherty:) What is the NRCC and the RNC doing to ensure the GOTV effort & boots on the ground will be a larger part in 2014?
A: To the extent allowed under the law we will partner with those efforts and learn from our mistakes, that will be the key to success. You have to do the boots on the ground and reach out. Building up and proofing out systems in 2014 to use in 2016.
(NRCC Kim Gardner): Not so sure we do as good a job selling to our own base how will that be addressed?
A: Good point, many competitive voices out there on what may work. We try to help our members try to articulate our viewpoints. 99% are on the same page of the goal of repealing Obamacare. Repealed 1099 and other items in the law. Sent 3 bills to delay individual mandate & corporate mandate & keep IRS off as enforcement agent. Always need help to articulate the message.
At this point the site NRCC Redzone.org.org was mentioned to highlight top targets 7 up there at the moment.
(DaTechGuy): To what degree can we include Conservative Bloggers & radio get involved in spreading the word in local races (debates etc)?
A: It’s important to seize every opportunity to highlight every point where the dems are off and Pelosi is back in charge we are the only blocking force. We’ll feed you info & answer questions when we can and provide info via that redzone site.
Glad to hear we are in the loop
Bail of balofrights.com: Any plans or strategies to reach out to the Youth vote?
A: Get up with the right people and the right content to use them to reach out to the younger voters. It’s their future on the line and young people ought to be furious about what’s going on.
This shouldn’t be a hard sale for people graduating from college with high debt and no job
This was a short but informative call, looking forward to more such calls in the future. Engaging the new media this way is EXACTLY the right way to go.
Update: Tom’s last name misspelled, corrected.