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Rhonda Sivarajah CD 6 Convention Speech As Prepared

Rhonda Sivarajah CD 6 Convention Speech As Prepared

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The complete text of the very well received speech of Anoka County Chair Rhonda Sivarajah to the Minnesota Sixth Congressional District endorsing convention on April 12, 2014.
The complete text of the very well received speech of Anoka County Chair Rhonda Sivarajah to the Minnesota Sixth Congressional District endorsing convention on April 12, 2014.

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RHONDA SIVARAJAH CONVENTION SPEECH AS PREPARED MINNESOTA SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT APRIL 12, 2014 Delegates & Alternates, Ladies & Gentlemen, Special Guests: I am Rhonda Sivarajah and I seek your endorsement to be the republican nominee for
Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District.
 I want to thank my friend, Rep. Peggy Scott, who is a real rock star in the Minnesota House, for her kind words of support and her remarks on what I have accomplished on the Anoka County Board of Commissioners.
I’
m proud of my achievements there. I want to thank my wonderful husband, Ran, for his warm words about who I am as a person. Without his 100% support and encouragement, I would not be standing here today. Ran and I love our children Sonjay and Asha more than life itself. All parents do and we are no exception. We are so proud of them!
They felt bad they couldn’t be here today. Sonjay is attending college in
 
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Rochester New York and Asha is taking her ACT exam as we speak. Say a little prayer for her if you would as I am sure she is having a difficult time concentrating. Friends, I am here before you today to get every single vote possible for the endorsement, and, if lightening strikes, the endorsement itself. I respect enormously the time and energy you have given in order to be here today. Please believe me when I say thank you: thank you to those who support me, thank you to those who support my friend Tom Emmer, thank you to those who support my friend Phil Krinkie. All three of us owe you a debt of gratitude. Personally, I felt duty bound to be here to show you my respect. Yet as almost everyone in this auditorium knows, I announced earlier in the week that, should I not be successful here today, I would continue on with my campaign to the August primary.
 
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I do so for a number of reasons but the foremost one is that our fellow republicans in the District deserve a voice, not a ratification of a well meaning system which often excludes them.
To be sure, this exclusion is unintentional: I don’t know
a single person here today who would not welcome more republicans and their involvement. The reality, though, is that many concerned citizens simply do not have the time this aspect of the
process demands. In today’s age, the endorsement process is
increasingly seen by many as a relic from a bygone era. Why should we exclude those republicans, those other voices? I believe we should not. And I believe I owe it to you
whether you approve of my decision or not
to come here and explain my thinking. Let me do so. A primary offers more people the opportunity to be involved in selecting those who govern them. For conservatives, that should always be a good thing because it is a good thing.

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