Recent Lewisburg grad Johanna Persing made her public speaking debut last evening at the February meeting of Susquehanna Valley Conservatives.
Ms Persing, who is a young conservative, gave an overview of the composition, procedures, and inner workings of the Republican National Committee where she works as a Press Assistant.
With the recent loss in the presidential election the Republican Party is in re-assessment mode; trying to find the right mix of staying on message, while at the same time re-packaging that message so it appeals to a broader audience. There is a belief at the RNC that the conservative message still resonates with people as well as an ongoing faith in that message among party leadership.
Ms Persing discussed the effectiveness of the Democrats use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. In the last election cycle social media played a significant role in both fund-raising and getting the message out to voters. The RNC is in ‘catch up’ mode, but is making strides.
Responding to a question from the audience, Persing indicated the RNC is currently focusing on mid-term senatorial and congressional races. No ‘Stop Hillary Now’ sub-committee has been formed.
Ms Persing stated that the RNC does not get involved at the political level; rather their mission is to set policy then market the message. They do not influence candidate selection ahead of primary elections, but let the primary process play out to its own conclusion. In the recent presidential election, once Mitt Romney was finally named the nominee, the RNC did interact more closely with the Romney campaign.
‘The RNC does a poor job of listening to people’ according to Persing. To remedy that situation she suggests taking the online survey at http://www.gop.com.
SVC National Debt Tracker
Debt at Beginning of Meeting $ 16,498,735,406,442
Debt at End of Meeting 16,498,884,412,387
Increase in Debt during the Meeting $ 149,005,945
Increase per Minute $ 1,986,745
Next Meeting Monday, March 11, 2013 7:00 PM