Ralph Reed: I Could Have Been a Contender

It is too bad that Ralph Reed decided not to run for Congress because, given his views, style, ego, and past, it would have made for a never-ending steam of blog posts.

As it is, we’ll have to settle for writing posts about his decison not to run, which he discussed yesterday with Denny Schaffer with WGKA (920AM) and explained that his focus at the moment is on building his Faith and Freedom Coalition which he claims is adding one new state affiliate per week and one thousand new members a day and is “growing faster than the Christian Coalition was growing in the 90s.” 

Reed stated that, come November, when people conservative victories rolling across this nation like a wave, they’ll know he made the right decision to focus on the Faith and Freedom Coalition, pointing to the massive impact the group claims to have had in both Virginia and New Jersey, claiming to have reached more than one million voters through “largest and most ambitious conservative get-out-the-vote effort in the modern history of either state,” resulting in an eight-point increase in turnout among born-again Christians and a seven-point increase among conservative voters.

But still, Reed is sure that had he run and won, he would “have been an impact player in Congress“:

“I realized that I couldn’t do both. I had to decide. I was either going to help put 50 to 100 people like me in the U.S. Senate, Congress and state houses, or I was going to spend the next eight or nine months focusing solely on me. I ultimately decided the country was more important than me having a congressional seat.”

“It would be pretty exciting if I could be part of a freshman class that was back in the majority in the House. Had I done that, and had I won, I think I could have been an impact player in Congress.”