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.