How Best To Participate In Party Politics (Hint: Delegate)

A person stands in balloons during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.
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Have you noticed, lately, that the chattering class has been focusing on . . . national convention delegates?

A few of us (Morton Blackwell, Richard Viguerie, Ken Blackwell and Martin Knight – Google their names and precinct committeeman strategy) have been preaching for years that the best way for conservatives to actually make a difference in politics is by becoming voting members of their political party. How many of the chattering class are members? Perhaps they will tell us. I doubt it.

For the first time since the Republican National Committee has had a website, the RNC has posted an explanation about how, exactly, the people who identify as members of the Party can become delegates and how the RNC conducts its presidential nominating convention. Wonder why that happened all of a sudden? Maybe the Trump candidacy had something to do with this?

I live in Arizona, and our state Arizona Republican Party committee, has, for the first time, posted on its website step-by-step instructions on how to become a Party state convention delegate and a national convention delegate. Kudos to our Chairman, Robert Graham!

Every state committee ought to have this information on its web site. But some are controlled by “establishment insiders” who do not want the rank-and-file to discover where the real political power lies. Does your state Party committee have this information on its website? Have you checked? Do you care? Does your county Republican Party committee website explain, as ours does, how to become a “voting member” of the Party? And why that is what really matters?

Bottom line: If you are a conservative and want to upset the establishment insiders’ apple cart, you need to get involved where you live “inside” the Republican Party. It only takes a few hours a month to be effective. (And the best part? It is fun and extremely interesting!)

Stick with it, and before you know it, you’ll be a real “player” – a delegate.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

Daniel J. Schultz graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1978 and served as an Army Human Intelligence Officer. He now practices law. He has been a Republican Party precinct committeeman since 2007 and was a co-winner of the Conservative HQ Liberty Prize based on his e-book Taking Back Your Government: The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy. State-specific and other information relating to The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy can be found at and Mr. Schultz can be reached at He currently serves as the Secretary of the Maricopa County, Arizona, Republican Committee and hopes to become an elected delegate to the upcoming Arizona Republican Party presidential nominating convention.