The Greenville County Republican Party and the Upstate Coalition of Conservative Organizations announced a cooperative agreement Monday which party leaders hope will result in the two groups working together on mutual goals.
The Upstate Coalition of Conservative Organizations is a group that holds many Tea Party events and also supports other groups.
The four areas of agreement the GOP and Upstate Coalition have reached include:
– Increasing precinct involvement
– Improving communications between the Republican Party and all Coalition groups
– Creating a liaison between the Republican Party and Coalition groups
– Working together to make the Republican Party more conservative
SCGOP Chairman Karen Floyd said the agreement is a model, how the state Party can come to terms with conservative groups statewide.
“There is far more that unites us as conservatives than divides us, and I give all the credit to these groups for moving forward in this cooperative spirit,” Floyd said. “More and more Americans are waking up to realize that as government’s role grows, our liberty shrinks. I have been proud to see so many activists–Republican and independent– rise up to make their voices heard for the principles of lower taxes, individual liberty and limited government. This is part of our Party reaching out and listening to those very citizens.”
Spokesman for the Upstate Coalition of Conservative Organizations Harry Kibler worked for the initial agreement with the Greenville Republican Party.
He says that both they and the Republican Party have the same goal of a more conservative South Carolina and, “While we may not always agree on how to meet that goal, we think this agreement is a start. Having our groups work together will be of great benefit to the Republican Party and the state of South Carolina.”
Floyd named Greenville Republican Party Chairman and state first Vice Chairman Patrick Haddon to lead the effort at the state level.
Haddon says that a more conservative South Carolina is more prosperous and the goal is to elect the most conservative candidates to as many offices as possible.
“Working together with these new activists will add strength and energy to our Party for electing conservative leaders,” Haddon said.
Both groups are now working together to make the Republican Party more conservative.