Close to a decade now, the meetings of the Republican Governors have been characterized by excitement. The mood seemed different in the conference held last week in Austin. As days go by, President Donald Trump is losing his popularity. In the recently concluded election held this month in Virginia and New Jersey, the Republicans suffered an unpredicted lose. The loss has made the Republicans fear for 2018. According to the Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, Virginia where the party suffered a nine percent loss served as a wakeup call for the party. The governors have held numerous meetings, deliberating on how they can avoid being tainted by President Trump. They also discussed ways of taking the political activities of Donald Trump from the states, where he may do more harm than good. Many governors told the Vice President Mike Pence to ensure that white house is only involved in races that it has been welcomed.
Governors who hail from agricultural and auto-producing states told Mr. Pence that once Mr. Trump withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement, they would suffer severely. Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire was quick to note that once the head of a party is facing difficulties, it is going to be an issue for the party. The state house race scheduled for 2018 are expected to reorganize the political map for the next 10 years. Many of the 36 governors elected will have a role to play in restructuring the congressional and legislative boundaries. Strategists say that the governors association intend to develop independent brands.
According to Gov. Phil Bryant, it is not possible to be half inside and half outside. On the other side, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida who is known to be a cheerleader of President Trump did not state whether he would welcome the president to help him in the campaigns. He on several news conferences avoided the question of whether he feels that President Trump’s support will help him triumph over Senator Bill Nelson. Some Republican Governors believe that inviting Mr. Trump will only serve as the beginning of their end. The liberal-leaning governors, on the other hand, do not want the Democrats associating them with the president in any way. The number of people that would criticize the president directly is minimal. Republicans in Austin fear that the party is beginning to be defined as nasty and divisive, a move that is putting off the swing voters.