CRP Blog

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Pete Wilson: Alive and Well, and Still an Example

I received an interesting message on my cell phone yesterday: a news anchor was calling to determine whether it was true that former Gov. Wilson had passed away. The second message on my phone was from the same anchor, a few minutes later, announcing the all clear, that Gov. Wilson was alive and well.

I ran into Gov. Wilson and Bob White recently -- the Governor looked fine and seemed at the top of his game as ever. Ditto for Bob.

While we're talking about the former Governor, now's a good time to point out that he's an example of the importance of electing Republican leaders to local government. As Mayor of that small town on the coast called San Diego, Wilson put many Republican ideas of private enterprise and redevelopment into action, helping to reinvigorate a downtown that had gotten a little "down." His initiatives ultimately led to such landmarks as Horton Plaza, a world class waterfront including the convention center, and even helped set the stage for the new ballpark.

While putting Republican ideas into action, Pete Wilson built a successful track record locally that helped him win election to the US Senate, and later two terms as governor.

Thanks, Pete, for your leadership -- and we're thrilled to have you with us, despite the weekend rumors to the contrary!

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