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April 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Rob McKenna offers blueprint for GOP revival

McKenna attempts to buy support

Rob McKenna writes of the “defeats suffered by many of my Republican colleagues [“A reset button for Washington state’s GOP,” Opinion, March 31].” He then spends the rest of a lengthy guest column describing not how to effect change in Olympia, but only how to win an election. If we want to be trusted, he said, “ … we need to welcome new people inside our party’s tent … In the Sikh temples, at Latino and Asian-American community events, in meetings with African-American education reformers, and on the Indian reservations … ” Republicans must focus on “strategies and tactics” in order to ensure a win.

I’m sorry, Mr. McKenna, but while you and your friends are out sucking up to as many 47-percenters as you can find, others will be in Olympia attempting to fix broken programs that the Republican wing of the Legislature has refused to address.

For a small sample of ideas worth considering, ask your colleagues to examine the Times editorial that ran opposite your column on Sunday. Enlightened “strategies and tactics” there will likely produce a greater result for the GOP than trying to buy the allegiance of the “other 47 percent” with vague promises.

Ferdinand Boyce, Seattle

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