James: Tuesday elections provide optimism

The Chairman of the Cache County Republican Party says that, for the most part, he feels good about Tuesday’s national election results. David James says the results for the governor races in Virginia and New Jersey and even the congressional race in New York should give Republicans optimism for 2010.”It’s fairly clear that people are kind of reassessing where they were a year ago, as far as political views go,” James says. “I feel very good about the two governors that won. “A little disappointed with the one congressional race up in New York but clearly, by the time you break down the numbers, even that district swung fairly strongly to a conservative perspective.”In that race, the Republican candidate pulled out of the race and the conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman, was defeated by a Democrat. James says that’s probably what you can exect when a Republican candidate does not share the same views as most Republicans.The Indepence Caucus is not going away according to the group’s spokesperson, Michelle King. King makes that statement in spite of the fact that the three candidates endorsed by the I-Caucus, Mike Morrill for mayor, Steven Stokes and Tony Wegener for council, lost in their Logan municipal election races.Prior to the election Cache County Democratic Party Chairman Vince Wickwar said it was wrong for a group that acts like a political party to get involved in a non-partisan election.James is not so sure. He says Republicans don’t get involved in non-partisan races but he’s not sure where the I-Caucus is coming from.James does say there is probably a lesson to be learned. “From just a pure, step back and look at the broad political picture, which I think is very important, and that is that a few people that get together can make a big difference,” James says. “I don’t think Randy would have had a serious challenge if it wasn’t for some people getting in and getting involved.”James says he expects those involved with the Independence Caucus have learned a lot and that they will continue to be politically active.

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