Please prayerfully consider the following message from Paul Reynolds, Alabama's National Committeeman, and his wife Joan, one of our SCGOP representatives on Alabama's Republican Executive Committee:
The circumstances are finally coming to fruition for Alabama workers in Iowa. Joan is home after spending over two weeks in Iowa setting up an organizational structure. She returns to Iowa tomorrow. The campaign is now functioning smoothly, but there is still an awful lot to do.
Iowa is an interesting state. The conservative western section must receive a high voter turnout to offset the more liberal eastern part of the state. As I shared with you previously, the relationship between the party and the Romney Campaign was woefully lacking in some areas. It was two of these areas that Joan was given to work; Sioux City and Sioux Center. The residents are extremely nice; they just need to be educated on the importance of their vote. If you will notice the polling in swing states still shows Iowa close to being an Obama state.
This email started with a few recipients, but we want it to circulate until we have the necessary workers for Iowa. As you read this I need to point out a few things.
1) This effort to secure Iowa to the Romney camp is not a part of the efforts of the Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP), nor is it in competition with the ALGOP efforts. The Iowa effort is directed by the Republican National Convention (RNC) Victory Campaign and came about as a result of a last minute breakdown in the relationship of the Romney organization and a major county party in western Iowa.
2) While both efforts need volunteers and their missions are somewhat similar, Iowa was started from scratch. Only now is it prepared to use outside workers.
3) Funding for the ALGOP effort and the Iowa project are not intermingled or coordinated.
The second set of points:
1) Transportation to and from Iowa is to be provided by small, comfortable buses with scheduled stops. Contributors have funded the transportation expenses. We do have licensed commercial drivers.
2) Lodging is provided by local Iowa people who are the Republican faithful. It is lodging with a local family who sounds different from us, but thinks the way we do.
3) At present it appears a tour of duty will encompass seven days. That is one and a half days of travel each way and four work days in Iowa. Individuals can choose to expand their time if they wish.
4) On site duties include, a) recruiting local volunteers, b) door to door canvassing and passing out literature, c) working local phone banks, d) possibly some direct mail efforts.
5) All Alabama workers will be working directly with Joan since she is the one directing the effort on the ground.
6) The first bus departure is scheduled for Saturday October 20th from a point to be named in Birmingham. A second departure will leave five days later.
It would be great if we could keep between 15 and 20 workers on the ground at all times. To do that we will need 35 – 50 volunteers. It is an imposition into your life and we are certainly not offering a vacation. But, this effort will go until we either see that the polling says we are safe or the day before election day. This part of the effort is not static presently.
Finally let’s look at some specifics:
1) As stated previously, this request is an imposition into your life. No matter how you look at it, there are other things that would be more fun to do than travel to western Iowa to work in a political office. We are not promising a vacation.
2) Even though there are only six electoral votes in Iowa they are desperately needed. Several Electoral College scenarios include Iowa as part of a plan which would win.
3) This is not an election for president; it is a nationwide referendum on the Constitution and the form of government our descendents will experience.
4) Will this be the first time in history a Blessed country voluntarily votes itself into servitude (collectivism)?
5) Can you and/or someone you know volunteer to assist Iowa (and indirectly Alabama) in this battle?
6) Please forward this to as many groups as you can. We need to meet the need. Feel free to email me with questions and look for follow-up information.
Paul and Joan