Lately, there has been a lot of talk about Republican Party pledges to support the eventual Republican Party nominee for President. It is an important question for our Party because a fractured Republican Party likely means another term for the Democrats in the White House.

Since we are in Seattle, the land of the Seahawks, let’s talk about pledges in terms of winning. Party politics, like football, is about teamwork. The political party organizes the field, invites contenders to try out for the team and executes the game plan with the goal of victory. In the process everyone has a job to do, and every job depends on each player pulling their weight. Many, many hours go into fielding the team that will ultimately represent the party membership. When the whistle blows, party members must have faith that our team will execute the plan and do all they can to help the Republican team win.

Currently in neighborhoods and communities across the United States, Republicans are debating the issues and seeking out candidates with whom they most identify. It is a time of high activity and passion which will result in a Presidential nominee at our Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH in July of 2016. However, that is not the end of the game. We must execute the game plan to Election Day.

In the final stretch, our Presidential nominee must have the support of everyone on the team to be competitive, which is why the pledge to support the eventual nominee is so critical…even if that nominee is not the person we hoped it would be.

To Victory!

Lori Sotelo, Chairman

P.S. – We will elect a Republican President with a unified team who have pledged to support each other to the finish line. As KCGOP Chairman, I pledge that if my preferred Presidential candidate does not win the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican Presidential nominee regardless of who it is.