n-letter_gardiner-010809 Happy New Year, GOP

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The perceived status of the Republican Party is weak. But like many perceptions, it is flawed and dangerously so. Republicans in Falmouth should feel especially proud of returning Jerry Davis to the state Senate. And next door in Cumberland, Meredith Strang Burgess retained her seat in the House through hard work and an appropriate message to her town’s voters.
How did this happen, and why is it not news? Such victories deserve congratulations to the candidates and to their diligent campaigns. Being more familiar with Falmouth, I want to commend Jerry and his endless hard work in an especially difficult election. And most importantly, Jerry has commended the Falmouth Town Republican Committee for its coordinated efforts. Falmouth was the deciding town of the seven he represents. Without the resounding win in Falmouth, he would have lost. The candid message from a sincere, thoughtful, knowledgeable and accountable Republican still resonates here.
Those who voted for, or helped Jerry should now look to the Falmouth Town Council election in June. Another thoughtful, traditional, hard-working Republican councilor is needed. The votes are here. Jerry proved that. The Town Committee will work hard in this “non-partisan” election. Jerry’s win proved that.
It can be a Happy New Year, if we muster the effort that Meredith and Jerry exerted in a much tougher election environment.

Bill Gardiner