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An Open Letter to The Pennsylvania Republican Party

Robert Gleason Jr.
Chairperson
Republican Party of Pennsylvania
717 N. 2nd St
Harrisburg, PA 17102
Dear Mr. Chairman,

Yesterday I received the enclosed flyer regarding Senator Barack Obama's relationship with William Ayres. I've also recently received robotic calls on the same topic.

I have been a supporter of Senator McCain for more than a decade, and I'm excited for the opportunity he is receiving on the national stage.

Unfortunately, I'm saddened that the Republican Party doesn't give Republican voters the credit we deserve.

I'm a fiscal Republican. I believe strongly in Republican economic and social policies in general.

The media has beaten the dead horse that is William Ayres extensively. We know that Senator Obama was only eight years old when Mr. Ayres was actively involved in domestic terrorism. Furthermore, the domestic terrorists during the Vietnam era are a different breed of terrorists than we associate with terror today. Finally, we know that Senator Obama has had minimal contact with Bill Ayres, and to imply that the senator is a terrorist or supports terrorist activities is ludicrous.

The Democrats generally believe that Republicans are stupid and close minded, and unfortunately, these lowbrow attacks confirm their beliefs.

While I've received negative attack campaign ads, I haven't seen a single piece explaining the issues that both gentlemen represent.

Floating false rumors and clinging to stories that promote ethnic and racial discrimination are not only offensive to Democrats, but to most Republicans as well. This isn't the party that I came to believe in as a young man.

Today's Republicans are not fundamentalist Christian, semi automatic gun toting, racially and ethnically bigoted war mongers. Please don't treat us as such. And finally, please don't think we're stupid.

I've waited for years to vote for Senator McCain because I believe in personal responsibility when it comes to the economy. I believe in patriotism over nationalism. I believe in cutting through the special interests to solve real problems. While I am a Christian, and believe in family values personally, I don't think the State should legislate our value system. Compared to other Republican candidates Senator McCain more closely reflects the personal and political values that I hold dear. During the primaries, much of the nation of Republicans agreed with me. Senator McCain prevailed over far more conservative individuals.

The Republican Party is not small groups of political insiders who believe they can influence the nation. The Republican Party is a huge group of individuals. Just as the next president will answer to the American people, the Republican Party should answer to the voters.

I've lost faith in the current party politics and this particular flyer was the breaking point.

I decided on Friday of last week I will be voting for Senator Barack Obama. My reason is not for a loss of faith in the abilities of Senator John McCain to lead this nation. My reason for my vote is that I believe the Republican Party is misinformed about what motivates and inspires the voters. Furthermore, it's clear that the party has influenced the decision making of Senator McCain.

Sunday morning, after hearing General Colin Powell speak, I decided to contact the Pennsylvania Republican party. I agree strongly with General Powell that the party has strayed to the Right further than the voters. General Powell spoke eloquently on his reasoning behind his vote, and I want to assure you that he is not alone as a disillusioned Republican.
The primary reason President Bush's administration has amazingly low support is that the administration doesn't seem to trust us. Had President Bush been more trusting of the American people, we may have not supported the war and a number of other decisions; however we would have had faith in his leadership. Today many Republicans are angry not because we've toppled a dictatorial regime in an important and volatile part of the world. We are angry because we were not trusted by our President.

I'm not sure there is enough time to resurrect the campaign of Senator McCain, perhaps the strongest Republican candidate for the voters have nominated in two decades. I hope you heed the warning, however. Four years from now President Obama will be even more formidable as a candidate for reelection, and four years after that Senator Biden will be equally formidable.

Send us men and women who trust us. Send us intelligence and integrity. Send us a group of leaders who will make Republicans proud.

And for the minority of Republicans who do still vote based on bigotry, immorality, and misinformation, please help us to educate them rather than playing to them.

We are the party of smaller government. We are the party of capitalism. We are the party of personal responsibility and social integrity. Let's return to our roots, and to our core values.

Sincerely,

Jason Tweed
Business owner, father, wheelchair using, Christian, and Pennsylvanian voter

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