Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
John B. Gilmour
The title of this thesis is "Newt Gingrich and GOPAC: Training the Farm Team that helped win the Republican Revolution of 1994". The thesis is that Newt Gingrich and GOPAC helped train a new generation of Republican leaders to raise money and run for office. These efforts slowly increased the number of Republicans in municipal and state level and had a 'trickle up effect'. This meant that their increased quality (i.e. previous electoral experience) helped them eventually take back Congress in 1994. I contend that their actions helped increase the number of state level Republicans and, with time, gave the Republicans a quality field of candidates to run for Congress. For this reason I think Pete du Pont and Newt Gingrich deserve the title "political entrepreneurs'.
Corkery, William, "Newt Gingrich and GOPAC: Training the Farm Team that helped win the Republican Revolution of 1994" (2011). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 355.
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