Former GOP gov hopeful looks inward in new book
Former Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said after he watched his party incur losses in the 2006 and 2008 elections — including his own — he started to search his party’s soul for answers.
What Beauprez found was a party that had departed from some of its core values, compromised on others and lost it brand.
In an effort to highlight what he found, Beauprez has penned a new book, “A Return to Values: A Conservative Looks at His Party.”
The Daily Sentinel: In the book, you say, “It is time for a revolution, and Republican principles must lead it.” However, the principles you cited are traditional party tenets, such as small government and personal responsibility. How is this a revolution?
Bob Beauprez: What we have got to do is return to those principles. Some would say you have to change your ideas, you ought to change your principles, you have to change your focus. I don’t believe that’s the case. I think we have to regain our focus.
TDS: Do you see the Republican Party as a big tent or little tent?
BB: I see it as a big tent party. … We have room within our party for different opinions on
some very, very complex issues, but a general overarching sense of what it means to be traditional, conservative Republicans.
TDS: Throughout the book you take shots at Gov. Bill Ritter and some of his ideas, but you don’t talk much about your 2006 campaign.
Why is that?
BB: It really wasn’t the purpose of the book. It wasn’t to rehash a success of mine or a failure of mine. It was to look at a much larger vision: Where does our party go from here? I was one speck on the lens that got pretty cloudy in 2006.
TDS: Finally, what are the odds your name will appear somewhere on the 2010 ballot?
BB: I don’t know, to be quite honest. I guess the only thing I can say is I haven’t ruled it out.
To learn more about Beauprez’s book or to purchase a copy, visit http://www.fulcrum-books.com.