This is just starting to really percolate within the party – and frankly, it is something conservatives should give both attention and consideration to. J.C. Watts is a longtime conservative with the kind of charisma and appeal that the party very much needs at this time and should be working hard to promote.
EXCERPT (via Politico)
J.C. Watts for RNC chair?
Former GOP Rep. J.C. Watts says he is being “encouraged” by supporters to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee, a move he says could broaden the party’s appeal to minorities.
…But Watts, an African-American conservative who served in the House from 1994-2002, said the GOP defeat on Election Day demonstrates that Republicans need to broaden their appeal to minority voters, and cannot continue on their current path if the party is to be successful in presidential races.
“My concern right now, and I don’t say this necessarily as a candidate [for RNC chairman], my concern is that as a Republican, every single Republican in America ought to be concerned about what has happened in 2008 and 2012,” Watts said in an interview with POLITICO. “In this business, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.” LINK
For those unfamiliar with who J.C. Watts is, here is a quick rundown of his considerable credentials:
-Former quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners
-Elected to Congress in 1995 and served until 2003 where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Financial Services Committee. He also was the first Black Republican to be elected as the House Republican Conference Chair. Watts was politically aligned with highly regarding conservative leader Jack Kemp, also a former football star, who himself was strongly influenced by Ronald Reagan.
-While in Congress Watts earned a 94% rating from the American Conservative Union – among the highest of any Republican. During that same time Congressman Watts was warning then-Republican leaders the party was not doing enough outreach to minority groups and allowing Democrats to create a false perception of who the Republican Party was for – and who it was against. This warning proved quite accurate in the most recent election of 2012.
Whether or not J.C. Watts actually decides to run for RNC Chair, he and others like him who have long been strong conservative examples who also shatter the fabricated view that the Republican Party is the party of aged white men, must be far more strongly promoted. The Republican Party ,when it is at its conservative best, is the party of Freedom, Liberty, and Opportunity – principles that appeal to ALL Americans regardless of race or background. -UM