CCR is California’s oldest College Republican organization at 57 years-old, founded in 1963. After serving the Goldwater and Nixon campaigns, we grew into a volunteer force that has lasted decades and includes many notable alumni. You may recognize the names Kevin McCarthy, Shawn Steel, Former CCR Chairman Fred Whitaker (1987), Ben Shapiro, Konstantinos Roditis, and more.
Last year our organization split in two over a disputed Board election and ideological differences. This led to the formation of the California Federation of College Republicans (CFCR). We were deeply saddened to see our organization split, and we set to work trying to unite once more. After several rounds of negotiation with CFCR, CAGOP officials recommended a unity election. In July, per this guidance, CCR held a unity election to which all of CFCR was welcome to attend, run candidates for election, and amend our Bylaws. Several CFCR chapters attended and CCR’s Board is now a proud mixture of CCR and CFCR.
However, some CFCR leadership chose not to participate in this united movement. It was discovered that this was, in part, due to a conflict between CCR's strong support for President Trump and a CFCR Board member’s vocal support for the Lincoln Project. This member of the Board went on to tweet “We are @ProjectLincoln Republicans. We stand with our fellow lifelong Republicans as part of this movement in not supporting the re-election of President Trump.”
After further efforts to unify and get CFCR to fully support Republican candidates up and down the ballot, we were pleased to see them finally state that they “do not work with, affiliate with, or support the Lincoln Project” and implicitly rebuke their Political Director/ President of Chaffey CRs. While this comes after the General Election, where the point might be moot, we are willing to accept their word in the name of unity. On this topic, in a public announcement, CFCR leadership had this to say to us:
“Ultimately we are all Republicans, and with our combined efforts flipping seats and taking back California is within reach. We extend to you our open arms and open hearts, and hope that you find the faith within yourselves to embrace us and move forward as one.”
We are very grateful that CFCR has finally agreed to our unity offer. We look forward to welcoming them into the California College Republicans organization, and with our renewed strength and unity, we hope to last another 57 years! We are also excited that we can hopefully all agree now that President Trump is superior to Joe Biden, and that we are all glad he is our President!
We trust that CFCR will join us under the CCR name, as it holds historical significance and decades of fond memories from alumni. We welcome them to submit their chartering materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope we can count on your continued support in our efforts. If you’d like to help the College Republicans, including our plans to assist the Georgia Senate runoff, please visit us at CACollegeGOP.com