Comments from the Chair
Or maybe it was a bar stool; I couldn’t see. Most of the talking at Thursday night’s Young Republicans event was of a mingling sort among the 60–80 people in the room, so I didn’t record it, but Travis Rowley and RIGOP Chairman Gio Cicione did offer more public comments:
I’d like to note, for the record, that mine is not the voice of the “woohoo” that one hears just after Travis mentions me.
The setting made it particularly appropriate, but Gio made a point that applies much more broadly than just to young Republicans:
When I got reengaged in the party about three years ago, it was through the Young Republicans and through somebody like Travis taking the reins and starting to do good things with this group, and two years after I got reengaged, I was the chair of the party. That’s not necessarily a good sign for a party, but it’s a good sign for the people in this group, because there is a lot of opportunity for people who are willing to put in the time.
Gio’s is a common experience, in this state, from local taxpayer groups on up. Owing to dire need, willingness to engage and a bit of native intelligence can bring a person rapidly to positions in which it is actually possible to make a significant difference.