I was stunned when I got a text message from a friend earlier today, informing me that Barbara Alby had passed away at the relatively young age of 66. Most FlashReport readers will not know Barbara, but many of you did. I first met Barbara back in 1988. There was a group of us that decided to focus our GOP efforts back in that time, as Reagan left office, on building up the California Republican Assembly, the state’s oldest Republican grassroots organization. Barbara was fresh off of the Pat Robertson bandwagon, and I had been a supporter of Jack Kemp, but first through the CRA, and through the California conservative movement, we began a friendship which has been one of the most impactful on my life.
On one level, many saw Barbara as a very successful politico. After all, she served for many years as an influential Vice President of the California Republican Assembly. She went on to serve for six years in the California State Assembly, holding bold colors when many in the building, in our own party, would have preferred soft pastels. And Barbara served for twelve years as a member of the Republican National Committee representing our state. Barbara also… Read More