New party chairman weighs in on GOP's future

The Delaware Republican Party seeks to re-energize itself with a new leader.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has the story.

New GOP Chairman Charlie Copeland tells WDEL he's optimistic about the party's chances of coming back strong. But he knows...

"I'm also under no illusions, that a whole that we've dug shovel full by shovel full over two, ten, 20 years, 30 years, we're all of a sudden going to be able to climb out of instantaneously," says Copeland.

But he says Delawareans need to recognize the corruption that he says has resulted from one-party Democratic rule.

"Both in campaign finance violations and DelDOT monies going out, and other sort of lesser extent, tax returns being looked at he," he says.

He says one-party rule can't prevail.

"I guess some people can believe that if you're sexting people pictures of yourself you ought to be mayor. I would disagree with that, and I would help that over time, as Winston Churchill once said, 'Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, after exhausting all the other alternatives,'" Copeland says.

He says under his leadership, the party will go after the African American vote, a community that's long been ignored by the GOP.

"The minority community has a lot of fiscal conservatives, a lot of libertarians, a lot social conservatives, and what we, as Republicans, have done is sat in our room and talked to ourselves rather than getting out and going into another person's living room," says Copeland.

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