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Solid Values Key to GOP Success in California

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  Leave a comment

One News Now — A conservative leader says the GOP may be able to win minority voters if lawmakers communicate the strong values on which they will stand.

Commentators blame the California Republican Party’s financial troubles on the party’s inability to win Latino voters and to raise funds to maintain a strong statewide presence. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the state GOP has struggled with demographics for years, as it has had trouble raising money, paying for a voter registration program and hiring field staff.

Although CRP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro has worked hard to win Latino support for years, he says his party is still having trouble. Celeste Greig, president of the California Republican Assembly, suggests that the GOP must stand firm on its values.

“Maybe we should get more out of the comfort zones of our communities and go more into areas where there’s predominant Mexican-American or Salvadorian [individuals], and tell them, Look at me. I may not have the same color of skin, but I share your values; you share our values, so we have something in common,” Greig offers. “The Hispanic community is very, very strong pro-family, very strong pro-education.”

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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

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Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

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