IL GOP Coordinator of Coalitions Urges National RNHA Chair to Overturn Her Decision
The RNHA IL is pleased to announce the support of Terri Bryant, the IL GOP Coordinator of Coalitions and President of the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series. Bryant, a member of the RNHA IL and a delegate to the RNHA IL Convention in February, urges the National Chair of the RNHA to overturn her decision to “withdraw recognition” of the RNHA IL and to rule in favor of the RNHA IL's appeal.
In a personal letter (copied below) sent to Chairman Maldonado, Bryant says "All parties involved had one common theme even at the most heated moments of contention and that was the importance of a Republican Hispanic presence in Illinois politics. The role of this organization in Illinois is invaluable....We must put aside all of our differences in this upcoming election cycle and be focused on one goal, to win elections!"
August 8, 2011
Dear Chairman Maldonado:
I am writing to you in regard to your decision to revoke the charter of the Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly. I have been silent as the process of evaluation of events which transpired in February of this past year progressed. It was my hope that once the parliamentarian’s evaluation and recommendations were offered that an amicable solution could be reached by all parties involved. It is unfortunate when we experience divisions in organizations that we work so hard to develop and grow.
I speak now because I have concerns in regard to the upcoming election cycle. The Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly has historically played a vital role in reaching a previously disenfranchised group of voters. A group once considered a minority voting bloc but, which is fast becoming a majority voting bloc in this state.
As a member of the IL RNHA and a delegate to the February convention, I was present for the entire convention. I was a witness to all that transpired at the convention itself. I was then later asked to attend the secondary convention in my capacity as the Coordinator of Coalitions for the Illinois Republican State Party. I was asked to address both gatherings. All parties involved had one common theme even at the most heated moments of contention and that was the importance of a Republican Hispanic presence in Illinois politics. The role of this organization in Illinois is invaluable.
Now that the dust has settled, the facts have been evaluated and the determination has been made that the convention held in February was indeed legitimate as well as the election of Mr. Rivadeneira and all others duly elected at the convention, it is time to move on.
I appeal to you as a fellow Republican and as a fellow leader who is concerned about the future of our party, our country and the value of all Hispanic voters in Illinois, to reconsider your decision to decertify the Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly. We must put aside all of our differences in this upcoming election cycle and be focused on one goal, to win elections!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I am at your disposal to assist in any way to further the mission of increasing Hispanic voters and influence in our great state and throughout the country.
Coordinator of Coalitions
Illinois Republican State Party