The Republican National Committee's co-chair says the party's future depends on strengthening state and local Republican offices. She made the remarks at an event in La Crosse, Thursday.
Republicans are doing a fair share of reflection after losing the Presidential election in November.
Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day says there's nothing wrong with the Republican message. She says they just need more messengers. "We [have] got to get back to talking with the people at the State Fairgrounds, at the flower show — it doesn't make any difference. We need to get out there, we need to communicate, we need to talk about why we're Republican, why we have the right solutions and the right answers for America and if we do that: we win."
Day says the Republican Party also has to be more inclusive of women and minorities. Part of that plan includes beefing up support at the local level by providing local volunteers with more training, though not necessarily more money.
Day says in the next election, less emphasis will be placed on battleground states, like Wisconsin. Republicans will look at all 50 states.
Sue Lynch of Onalaska is the immediate past president of the National Federation of Republican Women. She says energizing all the states is the way to go: "When candidates come to town, that just helps the grassroots and the county parties beyond words. We don't get them all, every day, and when they come it just electrifies the whole Republican Party that you have in your community."
For the first time, the La Crosse County Republican Party will be opening headquarters during a non-election period. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has similar plans.