Last night, CCR attended an eight hour long meeting with CFCR and our mediators to settle terms for a prospective merger. The meeting lasted until 1:40am, at which point our members went to bed so they would be prepared for their midterms today. Progress was made on a variety of issues, and our members informed the mediators and CFCR that we would contact them in a few days to continue discussion.
CFCR remains committed to running a senior as their candidate for Chairman, despite a past agreement barring seniors from seeking office. The Chairman of the CAGOP Rules Committee had summarized the agreement, saying, "Both organizations have agreed that no current seniors .... will run for an E-Board position." No progress was made on this front.
Earlier today, CFCR released a statement claiming CCR has “chosen to walk away from negotiations.” This is categorically false. CCR remains in mediation over this issue and looks forward to continued discussion.
“We are still at the table and will continue to mediate over this issue. We are saddened that CFCR continues to pursue breaking our agreements by running seniors for office. We’re also concerned at their spreading of false rumors that we have left negotiations. We can only assume that’s an attempt to boost their PR image. Make no mistake, we are here and waiting for them at the table. It is entirely up to CFCR whether they want to follow our agreements or not. Why are they trying to break the rules?” said Nick Ortiz, Chairman of the California College Republicans.
CCR is happy to continue mediation. We hope CFCR will join us in good faith by following their agreements and ending their false PR campaign. We look forward to continuing discussions in the coming days.
CCR is California’s original and oldest College Republican organization. Founded 57 years ago in 1963, CCR continues to provide volunteers and conservative activism for the cause.