State GOP chairman discusses Romney’s loss

Here’s California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro’s statement on what happened tonight:

Tom Del Beccaro“While tonight wasn’t the result we had hoped and worked for, it is clear that many Americans are dissatisfied with the president.

“Republicans are losing the prosperity/capitalism argument. The inability of Republicans to make the case, at every level, for tax reform and to successfully articulate that a welfare state can’t succeed and the true engine of growth is a vigorous free enterprise system is at the root of this loss. The core value of our heritage is being lost. We must and can get it back.

“It is now up to Republicans in Congress, who must every day be a real reform party. They must work to offer true reform of government programs and drive the agenda.

“Unfortunately, Governor Romney was not aggressive enough in making this case and that ultimately led to tonight’s disappointing outcome. But with the help of of our committed and tireless volunteers, we can turn this around.

“I would like to thank all of the volunteers here in California and throughout the nation that kept this race so close.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    When Republicans put someone with good ideas like Gary Johnson,who I voted for,on their ticket, they will win outside the Bible belt. The country is getting more liberal, while the Republicans insist on forced child bearing. Abortion is a sad subject. Banning abortion scares many people.

  • John W

    I think Gary Johnson may have cost Romney a couple of states, but not enough to change the election outcome.

  • Josh Richman

    @2 – The only state I see where Johnson might have had enough votes to tip the balance is Florida, which is still counting anyway.

  • Truthclubber

    Here’s the real reason Romney lost — not enough people like Elwood in the voting population!

  • Elwood

    Well, O’bummer cornered the dumbass vote for sure!

    Not to mention the off their meds, drug abusing paranoid insane.

  • Elwood

    @ 4

    And what makes you think I’m white?

  • John W


    Yeah, you’re right Josh. I had looked at it last night when Obama’s margin was thinner in a couple of states.

  • Truthclubber

    @6 —

    Prove you’re not.

  • Elwood

    @ 8

    You can’t prove a negative, fool.

    Everybody knows that.

    Except you, apparently.

  • Truthclubber

    @9 —

    So you can’t prove you’re not (white), so you are (white), until you prove you’re not (white).

    Who’s the fool for walking into THAT one, eh?

  • Elwood

    @ 10

    See #9

    Ever heard of logic, fool?

    Apparently not.

  • Elwood

    Can’t Prove a Negative (video)

    Funnier than Truthclubber!


  • Josh Richman

    Now, kids, you stop that fighting right this instant or I swear I’ll turn this car around, and no ice cream for either of you!

  • Rasta Republican

    Thank you Tom Beccaro for leading the California Republican Party to 29% statewide registration. Your legacy is assured,

  • Common Tater

    TDB’s legacy was assured the day he took office.