Roll Call highlighted the College Republican National Committee’s Get Out The Vote (GOTV) program today, which we previewed a while back. Two Georgians, Brad Alexander as the National Field Director and Elliot Echols as the Southern Regional Political Director, figure prominately in the effort. Their activities are comprehensive:
The effort calls for dispatching 63 paid, full-time field staff to 25 states to boost support among younger voters for Republicans running in 111 targeted races. The plan, overseen by a national field director and four regional field directors, has set a goal of 6 million live voter contacts in 15 presidential battlegrounds, 16 Senate races, 73 House races and seven gubernatorial contests.
Alexander says of his involvement:
Today we are launching the largest grassroots initiative targeting young voters in the 2012 cycle. Half of my generation didn’t get up and go to a job today because of the failed policies of this administration. They voted for hope and change. What they got instead was massive unemployment and dimming prospects for the future. We can do better. That is why the CRNC is committed to making 6 million live voter contacts for GOP candidates in competitive races from Georgia to California through our field operation in a total of 25 states.”
Whereas Echols frames the roll that College Republicans play to counter balance an inherent strenght Democrats have with Get Out The Vote Efforts. Namely, Unions:
“I moved up to DC in June to start working on this program and now it has come to fruition. Today there are sixty-three full time College Republican field reps on college campuses around the country. Our program is the largest in college republican history and one of the largest in the nation. Stealing a line from our National Chairman, Alex Schriver, “College Republicans are the boots on the ground, the unions for the right.”
While working from D.C., it is highly likely that their efforts will share attention back home in Georgia. The College Republicans will not be limited to states that are swing states for the Presidential election, but will also focus on races in the House and Senate. As such, expect the two to take a personal interest in the runoff for the Georgia 12 GOP nomination tomorrow night. They’ll likely be dispatching volunteers to assist the winner agaist John Barrow between now and November.