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Morton Blackwell Endorses Saul Anuzis for RNC Chairman

6:00 PM, Nov 15, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Morton Blackwell, an RNC committeeman from Virginia and head of the conservative Leadership Institute, has thrown his support to Saul Anuzis in the race for the Republican National Committee chairmanship. Blackwell writes in a letter to fellow RNC members: 

Saul has excellent relationships across the country with social, economic and foreign policy conservatives.  He worked successfully with Tea Party activists in Michigan who became a vital part of the winning coalition.  He will build this same coalition nationally.  Saul will provide the essential leadership to run and manage the RNC and put together a winning team and game plan to facilitate our wins in 2012.

Over these next two years, we cannot afford a revolving door of senior staff or serious mismanagement problems that distract us from the 2012 prize or discourage our donors and activists.  The next Presidential race is likely to be very close, and we will have to protect our new House majority.  In addition, the Senate races will be a target-rich environment. 

Full letter here:

Congratulations to all of you on our hard fought battles to win back the majority of the House of Representatives and to make significant gains in the Senate, Governors’ offices, and state legislatures.  This truly was an historic election. 

But now is not the time to rest.  We have to finish the job in 2012 by electing a conservative Republican President, regaining the Senate, and growing our majorities in the state offices.  And in 2011, we will have important off year elections in my state of Virginia, as well as New Jersey, Mississippi and elsewhere.

That is why I write to you in support of Saul Anuzis for RNC Chairman.  To finish the job, it will be essential for us to have new leadership at the RNC.  Saul is a solid, competent, common sense conservative with a demonstrated record of winning hard-fought principled victories in solidly blue territory.  

As in nomination contests, I look in party leadership elections for electable candidates who will do more than they think they absolutely have to do for conservative principles.  Saul Anuzis will be a Chairman who will, once again, inspire the confidence of our grassroots activists, attract top talent to the RNC, revitalize fundraising from our small and large donors, and focus on the organizational nuts and bolts of a ground game that delivers our message and our voters to the polls.  

Saul has excellent relationships across the country with social, economic and foreign policy conservatives.  He worked successfully with Tea Party activists in Michigan who became a vital part of the winning coalition.  He will build this same coalition nationally.  Saul will provide the essential leadership to run and manage the RNC and put together a winning team and game plan to facilitate our wins in 2012.

Over these next two years, we cannot afford a revolving door of senior staff or serious mismanagement problems that distract us from the 2012 prize or discourage our donors and activists.  The next Presidential race is likely to be very close, and we will have to protect our new House majority.  In addition, the Senate races will be a target-rich environment. 

You and I need someone like Saul with a demonstrated ability to lead and manage the large operation that is the RNC and accomplish these goals.  Saul has no further political ambitions other than Republican victories in 2011 and 2012.  He has committed to running for only one term and will remain entirely neutral in the presidential primary process.   

Over the past two years, Saul Anuzis has been doggedly committed to doing the hard work of creating a conservative, common sense Republican resurgence in Michigan – a blue state – while remaining true to our Republican platform and conservative principles.  The Michigan Republican Party created an environment in which they won every statewide office.  They took back the state house and Supreme Court, increased the majority in the state senate, and increased the Republican Congressional delegation by two seats.  He served two terms during two of the toughest cycles for Republicans in a long time, yet still helped lay the groundwork for the victories we accomplished this year.

Those of us who experienced the thrill of victory in the historic elections of 1994, only to experience two years later the agony of a presidential defeat in 1996, know we will have to be on top of our game to win in 2012 – on top with fundraising, on top with organizational strength, and on top with our common sense conservative principles – with no distractions from a winning agenda.   

As you may know, I have trained tens of thousands of grassroots activists and have spent years teaching the nuts and bolts of elections to our activists.  Saul is one of the most tech-savvy members we have.  He uses new media daily and consistently, creating an impressive online following of activists nationwide. I know Saul understands how important these efforts are. 

The plan that Saul has set out demonstrates that he understands the elements a successful Chairman of the RNC needs to lead and attract the top talent who will put in the 24/7 efforts we will need to win in 2012.   

Thank you for your service to our party and conservative principles.  I hope you will join me in supporting Saul Anuzis for Chairman of the RNC. 

Cordially,

  

Morton C. Blackwell

Virginia Republican National Committeeman


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