Contra Costa GOP leaders call for love and harmony

Look, I’m all for optimism although I rarely indulge in it myself.

But a joint memo (see below) sent to the Contra Costa Republican Central Committee signed by state GOP Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro of Lafayette, Contra Costa Supervisor Mary Piepho of Discovery Bay and former Assemblywoman Lynne Leach seems to defy reality.

By way of background, the Contra Costa Republican Party Central Committee has been mired for months in disputes over leadership and finances. I won’t bore you with the details because, frankly, no one outside the small circle of political party politics really cares about the inner-workings of these things. They are common in volunteer organizations of all kinds and they usually work themselves out one way or the other.

But the memo appears to be an effort to tamp down some of the hard feelings and inspire a lovely chorus of  Kumbaya, peace and love.

That’s fine and good. But really. To suggest that a return to harmony will allow the Republicans to take back the 10th Congressional District on Sept. 1 is to jump off a skyscraper and declare that you don’t believe in gravity.

This is not a reflection on the worthiness of the Republican Party or its candidates. This is reality.

The Democrats have several high-profile candidates with money and an 18 percentage point registration lead.  Republicans have, so far, a few willing but utterly unknown candidates and a national party highly unlikely to invest in a district with such a huge registration gap.

And the special primary election is in a mere 7 1/2 weeks, insufficient time for the minority party to close such a large margin.

But hey, lightning could strike and I could find myself perched on the edge of that skyscraper desperately hoping that gravity is a myth, too. We’ll find out soon enough.

Here’s the joint memo:

From the desk of Thomas G. Del Beccaro
Vice Chair of the California Republican Party

Dear Central Committee Members,

On behalf of Supervisor Piepho, Lynne Leach and myself, I am writing your today to ask you to place any and all divisions aside in favor of coming together to achieve victory this fall, in the special election, for CD 10, on November 3, 2009.

We have a unique opportunity to gain back a seat lost years ago.  Please join us in working toward increased voter registration, an improved precinct operation and a greater GOTV effort.

We may not have this chance again for years to come.  Our only chance for victory is if we come together and place the greater goal of the Party to win back this seat ahead of all other goals, personal or otherwise.  Only in unity will we have a chance to win this seat.

Thank you for your work and for caring about this Party  and our Country so much.


Thomas G. Del Beccaro

Lisa Vorderbrueggen