Brownell: Republicans fighting public perceptions of Tea Party movement

<span>Republicans have a big tent, according to Danny Brownell, the newly-elected chairman of the Cache County Republican Party. Brownell said it was good when the Tea Party movement came in because it was nice to see a new perspective.</span>

“There was some good dialogue that took place,” Brownell said on <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Monday</a>. “I think it made those who were what some would call the more mainstream opponents step back and go ‘We need to start listening.’

“Again, the perception of the American public is that Republicans tend to not want to listen to the people. They say, ‘Oh we just kind of do our thing,’ and I think that’s a wrong perception.”

<span>He doesn’t always agree with the approach but Brownell said he does respect the core values of the Tea Party.</span>

<span>Brownell is also pleased with the fact that his party hold almost every office in both Cache County and the state of Utah. But he said Republicans need to be more savvy when it comes to campaigns for the big offices, such as the presidency.</span>

<span>”I don’t think we relate very well with some of the minority type groups. We need to do a better job of relating better with them. I think that if they would listen to our message they would understand that we do support them but the sound bites and those kind of things don’t come across that way.”</span>

<span>Brownell said President Obama does a great job of bringing people together and he thinks Republicans should work harder on that.</span>

<span>Brownell also encouraged more involvement in such groups as Republican Women, Campus Republicans and Teenage Republicans.


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