For as long as we can remember, the west has been neglected by the College Republican National Committee. Most of the Chairmen come from the east, all of the CRNC conventions take place in the east, the money goes to the east, and the west is left alone. At times, the western half of the federation appears to be invisible to the rest of the organization, which has presented a real and pressing problem for the longest time. Simply put, the College Republicans from Arizona, and the rest of the west coast want better leadership. This ineffective relationship between the organization and its members will only hurt the conservative cause, not strenghten it. Of the current set of candidates running for federation leadership, none have put the interests of the west or the conservsative movement to the front. This be a sign of a vote of no confidence for any individual running for the CRNC for the aformentioned reasons.
The club also has qualms with the state federation. During the 2020 election year, there was a lack of communication between the AZFCR and the individual College Republican clubs. Despite being one of the most important elections in recent history, there were no attempts to coordinate any state wide events. Oftentimes, it felt as if each of our clubs were stuck in our own spheres by ourselves, a trend that would persist even after the election. Our club did not get the support it needed by either the CRNC, or the AZFCR. We did not get funding, coordination, or even an attempt at contact. It’s no secret that COVID-19 left everybody in disarray. During a crisis like this, it was essential to receive support and guidance from the federation. However, we ended up funding, recruiting, and coordinating events by ourselves. If the federation cannot support us, then we will have to look elsewhere.
College Republicans and the Republican party as a whole is changing. We are moving away from the establishment “do nothing” politics of yesteryear and uniting together to win our country back, and charging forward with policies that put America First. We beleive that the College Republicans United will lead the west in this very direction. College Republicans United better supports our ideals and the direction our club would like to go in the future.
We look forward to working with an organization that is activism-oriented in nature which will allow us to be more involved in our community. This new affiliation will enable us to hold more events beyond weekly meetings which will unite our members further and create a more immerstive member experience. Most importantly, College Republicans Untied will provide us guidance to ensure our chapter exists for many years to come. This is the future of the conservative movement and as we challenge the status quo, we must remain true to our values and ourselves. Our organization at Univeristy of Arizona is excited for this next chapter and looks forward to what our affiliation with the College Republicans will bring.