Jim Brulte


Andrew Edwards
Posted: 03/27/2013 09:41:45 PM PDT
Updated: 03/27/2013 09:42:14 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The California Republican Party’s new chairman, former Inland Valley legislator Jim Brulte, restated his call for the state’s Republicans to leave their comfort zones and reach out to voters in communities that tend to vote Democratic.

If the GOP fails to do so, it will continue to lose competitiveness, Brulte said while speaking Wednesday night to a gathering of Chaffey Republican Women Federated at Magic Lamp Inn.

“We have ceded to much territory to the Democrats,” he said. “We have ceded entire communities to the Democrats.

In a sense, Brulte was preaching to the proverbial choir while emphasizing what he sees as the futility of limiting his party’s message to the GOP faithful.

California Republicans selected Brulte as the party’s new chairman during their convention, which took place over the first weekend of March in Sacramento. Brulte’s task is to reinvigorate California Republicans after their historically poor showing in the November 2012 elections.

The election ended with Democrats claiming two-thirds majorities in the state Senate and Assembly for the first time since the 19th century.

Subsequent vacancies and special elections, including the contest for the 32nd Senate District in the Inland Empire, may give Republicans a chance to chip into Democrats’ dominance this year, but the party will have to wait until 2014 for a chance to regain anything close to a significant share of power in Sacramento.

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