Make CRNC Great Again

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2016 has truly been the Year of the Outsider. From Matteo Renzi’s defeat in the Italian referendum, the historic “Brexit” rally against globalism and European collectivism, and, closer to home, Donald Trump’s ascendance to dominance over the American political landscape, unconventional and courageous candidates and causes have ridden a wave of populist support on a single promise: to deliver change.

That same desire for change is apparent to me on another level, our level as young adults: within the College Republicans’ national leadership. We want to see the same effectiveness, the same courage, the same attention and dedication to winning the hearts and minds of voters and citizens that we see in our candidate.

That change can be found in James Allsup.

To describe James as a colleague would be an understatement. As a friend, fellow patriot, and dedicated activist, we’ve shared a life mission and dedication to conservatism, and have together spread that message across America. When James hosted the largest pro-Trump wall event at Washington State University, an event where myself and other Hispanic Trump supporters were lambasted, ridiculed, and attacked, James helped lead the charge for our views and defend our experiences as conservatives.

Our collective observation with the College Republicans, at least those of old, is one of inefficiency, lackluster effort, and single-minded interest in self-promotion amongst its leadership. Upon assuming the presidency of the Washington State chapter, James made it his mission to change that culture. Now, the Washington State College Republicans chapter is one of the most active, and strongest in the nation.

His experience, however, is not limited to activism. James understands the average college student. He understands what it takes to run a successful media campaign, to utilize social networks. He’s built a rapport and cultivated a strong, conservative media base. This is part of what makes our mission as conservatives successful: an unabashed, unafraid, and downright effective ability to take the fight to the left.

And, unlike recent debacles that have plagued CRNC leadership, James has been a vocal and ardent supporter of our new President-elect longer than either of the current nominees for CRNC chair.

It’s time to stop rewarding the good-old-boy network within our party. Leadership roles, as Republicans, are earned.

While other candidates have been hard at work schmoozing the powers that be, or using their family’s influence and status to rally support, James has been on the front lines since day 1.

I have had the honor and pleasure of working with conservative college activists across the country for nearly two years now. James is one of the many that have stood out for me based on his dedication and desire to pursue even greater heights for our movement.

This is our country. This is our decision, looking forward, as members of a movement that was meant to be a driving force for change.

Draft James Allsup for College Republican National Committee Chairman, and let’s Make CRNC Great Again.

Fernando D. Reyes, Jr. is a conservative activist, pundit, and campaign operative based out of New Orleans, LA. He has worked to elect principled Republican candidates in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and Nevada. Within the non-profit sector, he has worked for the Leadership Institute, a training organization specializing in media, campaign, and development methods within the civic process, as well as for Young Americans for Liberty as the former State Chair of Oregon.