Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney was in Erwin on Monday to meet with members of the Unicoi County Republican Party at its first luncheon meeting.
During the meeting, Devaney discussed goals on the horizon for the state’s party and the importance of the upcoming election. The first goal, he said, is to at least keep the state’s congressional delegation of seven Republicans to two Democrats in place. Devaney also said it is crucial that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s office remains in Republican hands.
Devaney also said he does not want to see a repeat of the Democratic “walkout” that took place last year in Wisconsin. He said more Republicans in office would create a “walkout-proof” majority.
“We need two seats in the state Senate and two seats in the state House, and that will get us to what is a Republican quorum and will really help us, help Gov. Haslam to promote his agenda and get the Republican agenda passed,” Devaney said.
On the national level, Devaney said Republicans must work to get Republican candidate Mitt Romney elected to the presidency.
Devaney also said Republicans in the state have recently been able to pass a tort reform measure that has led more companies to locate within the state.
“There are things going on in Tennessee that are big, economic-wise, and that’s what the Republican party is about,” Devaney said. “It’s not about how many bills you’re going to get passed, it’s about trying to create a climate for economic opportunity. So now, under Gov. Haslam’s leadership, Tennessee now has a lower unemployment rate than the national average.”
Devaney said Republicans are facing a “significant battle” with President Barack Obama. He also said East Tennessee “sets the tone” for how voting will go throughout the state. He urged those in attendance to encourage their friends, family and colleagues to hit the polls on election day and vote Republican.
“Our social way of life, our American way of life, are under attack,” he said. “I’ve got to tell you, and I think Congressman (Phil) Roe agreed, is that we cannot stand four more years of President Obama’s administration and what they are trying to force down our throats.”