EDWARDS, Colorado - Lilly Nunez, Republican National Committeewoman, shared her insights into the political process with a group of highly opinionated concerned citizens on Wednesday evening.
Having just returned from the semiannual Republican National Committee meeting in Tampa, Fla., Nunez was ready to provide the group with some of the most pervasive topics discussed at the RNC meeting.
At the top of the list was the discussion of the national popular vote initiative. Eleven states have already voted to move in that direction with California being the most recent. This issue comes up regularly but so far has failed to capture enough interest to propel it to consideration on a national level. The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia).
The Wisconsin recall elections were also a hot topic at the meeting, however, as the results were not known until after the group dismissed, the impact was not shared. The Republican Party views the success of those elections as an affirmation of its goals of maintaining conservative values during this very turbulent time and into the next election cycle.
Nunez also stressed the projected impact of the Hispanic vote in the next election. With an ever-growing debate on immigration and the impact of immigrants on the economy, the ability to engage those voters will influence the outcome of many elections across the country.
During the question and answer period, Nunez fielded inquiries as to who was leading the pack as a candidate for the 2012 presidential bid. She indicated that the Colorado contingency has made it clear that they do not intend to support any candidate during the primary process but would throw their full support behind the winner of the primary.
According to Kaye Ferry, chair of Eagle County Republicans, this discussion will continue when the state Republican Party holds its State Central Committee meeting in Colorado Springs in September.
"The statewide meeting of elected officials will tackle many of the issues we talked about tonight as well as provide training for prospective candidates for the 2012 elections," Ferry said. "The culmination of the weekend will be a straw poll on the presidential candidates. While this informal process has no legal or official status, it will give some indication as to how Colorado elected officials are leaning."
Nunez serves as the Colorado Republican National Committeewoman and serves on the RNC with Republican National Committeeman Mark Hillman and Colorado State Party Chair Ryan Call. Together with other state party officials across the nation, they help set the policy and direction of the national party organization.
In the state, they serve as advocates for the Republican message and cause, speaking on behalf of the party at events and in meetings, aiding with fundraising, and generally helping implement the programs and vision of the Colorado Republican Party and the RNC. They, along with other state party officers, serve as members of the State Executive Committee for the Colorado Republican Party.