‘Reluctant Republican' takes on extremism in new book

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 04:34 PM.

 Olschner felt compelled to write her book after her unsuccessful run, but she stresses it is not about her losing.

"I wrote this because we need two strong parties in this country — not one weak and one strong. And because too many people are either leaving the Republican party or are disgusted with the right-wing death grip on the party. When I tell people the title of my book they respond, 'Yeah, that's what I am.'

"It takes a person not interested in a political career to speak this truthfully. I believe that to bring the country back to a place of moderation from a place of extremism will take a battle — one that is best fought by citizens, not professional politicians. We need pragmatics; we need smart people," she said.

The book's subtitle is "My Fight for the Moderate Majority."

One necessary component that is missing in her fight, she says, is that the majority of people don't vote. She believes they don't vote because they don't feel they have a candidate.

"There's a great need for the center to step forward," she said.

Even though she would like to see changes made in her party, Olschner remains a member of the Grand Old Party.

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