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A Shakeup In The RNC Chairman's Race
By Marc Ambinder
17 Dec 2008 08:21 am
The decision of Texas Republican Party chair Tina Benkiser and former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell to formally ally in the race to become the next chairman of the Republican National Committee is, by rights, a minor affair, but it has the potential to be the most important development yet.
"Recognized as a national conservative leader with an amazing record of accomplishment, Ken Blackwell is a dedicated servant-leader," Benkiser wrote in a letter to RNC members. "Whether it is leading the charge on issues or successfully running an effective organization, Ken is what our Party needs at this time. He will establish a clear distinction between the Republican Party and our opposition."
Most significantly, this union gives evangelical Christians on the national committee a single ticket to join. Combined, the Blackwell-Benkiser ticket commands the support of at least 20 to 25 members, and probably closer to 30 of them. About 40% of the 168 members on the committee are estimated to be hard core social conservatives. Support from 85 members is needed to win. Parochially, the alliance gives Blackwell an entree into the Texas delegation. More importantly, Benkiser gives him some administrative cover, because she, not he, has run a party organization before. But now that there's a ticket so solidly identified with the Christian right, there will be many Republicans who, while not wishing them ill, worry about a party that is too overtly Christian and religious. The ticket, therefore, opens up an avenue for candidates who don't claim to be the avatars of evangelical activists. To be sure, the next RNC chairman will be opposed to gay marraige and pro-life.
Candidate Chip Saltsman, who has been courting, above all, Southern Christian conservatives, will probably lose support.
The frontrunner, current chairman Mike Duncan, is now in a bit of a quandary. On January 5, the conservative steering committee of the party meets to interview the candidates. Duncan encouraged this committee to form, and intended to rely on the then-relatively even distribution of social conservatives to thread the needle between the right and the center-right. The day before the meeting, all of the candidates will debate, in public, at the National Press Club.
From: Ken Blackwell for RNC Chairman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:41 PM
To: Shannon Flaherty
Subject: Blackwell and Benkiser Form Ticket
Dear RNC Member,
Today we are very pleased to make the most important announcement of the campaign for RNC Chairman. I am pleased to announce that I will be running with Texas GOP Chairman Tina Benkiser as a ticket for the positions of Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee, respectively.
I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy for Co-Chairman and thank her for her support.
This is clearly exciting news for our campaign. I am ever more excited about the potential to work with Tina to lead our party to victory in 2010. She has been one of the very best state party chairmen in the country and has the values and principles that we need in party leadership. She offers a vital perspective of what state party organizations across the country need from the RNC in order to best help you succeed.
I am thrilled at the prospect of working with her to rebuild our Republican Party. Please take a moment of your time to read this important letter from Tina Benkiser.
From the Desk of Tina J. Benkiser
Dear RNC Member,
I hope this holiday season finds you and your family well and enjoying time with each other. In the midst of celebration, I am reminded of the blessings that we as Americans enjoy. I am also thankful for your continued sacrifice of time, talent and treasure to ensure a strong foundation and an even better future for our nation.
Thanks to the encouragement of so many of you, I am announcing my candidacy for Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee. I am committed to working with you to grow our Party with integrity, restore the trust and faith of voters in our Party, and return to our winning ways.
As chairman of a successful state party comprised of 254 diverse counties where politics can be a blood sport, I am battle-tested and bring invaluable experience to the RNC leadership team. I understand that to win, our Party's mission must be to:
1. Promote a conservative philosophy of government, and
2. Build infrastructure in all 50 states plus territories and possessions so that those who share our philosophy can be effectively engaged in the political process.
Our Republican philosophy is based on respect for the individual as set forth in our U.S. Constitution and founding documents. By advocating policies that promote strong families, personal responsibility, strong national defense, lower taxes, limited government but unlimited opportunity for all, we win elections and empower people.
Our national Party grew and was entrusted with leadership when it stayed true to its conservative principles. Focusing on fiscal responsibility, a strong national defense and traditional family values brought unprecedented growth to the Party not that long ago. America was and still is a center-right country. It was only when national Republican officials failed to stay true to the Party's values and uphold high ethical standards that the Party began to lose races and the trust of the American people.
If the national Republican Party hopes to win in 2010 and beyond (and the only purpose in winning should be to elect officials who will put our philosophy into public policy), the Republican Party must restore trust and faith of America in its leadership.
2009 will be a rebuilding year. To that end, I believe our Party must elect leadership who can:
1. Set forth a fresh vision for our Party, yet one committed to our conservative principles;
2. Communicate a consistent, clear, concise, principled message in a positive and practical way to voters across America;
3. Build a strong, grassroots infrastructure in all states, territories and possessions, providing them with resources for more effective and interactive organizations; and
4. Set a high ethical standard and hold its leaders accountable to that standard.
Only then can we develop a winning political plan in all areas of our nation. As we do this, we will be able to expand our donor base and raise the funds necessary to accomplish our mission. I know this is possible because my state party has developed the largest state party donor base in the nation.
I have enjoyed incredible success in Texas thanks to many strong, grassroots leaders - just like you. In the last few election cycles, Republicans have won almost 500 seats previously held by Democrats, making historic gains in every area of our state. For the first time ever, Republicans hold almost 2400 offices across Texas. We've done this by helping recruit, train and equip leaders in every area of the state and, then, helping them win.
Speaking to thousands of people and the press about our Party and principles, I have appeared on national television and talk radio, and I routinely appear and publish in media markets across Texas. Further, I have reached voters through millions of phone calls, direct mail, and electronic and emerging media. In this last election cycle, several of our "RPT TV" episodes earned national media attention for their no-nonsense, hard-hitting truth.
Our challenges are great, but we can restore our Party and return to winning across our nation. But, it will take all of us working together to do so. I hope you will allow me to use my experience to serve you in RNC leadership.
I have decided to run for the Co-Chair position because a Chairman candidate has emerged who has everything it takes to help us restore our Party and return to our winning ways. Ken Blackwell has the courage and experience to both lead and inspire us to achieve great things as a Party.
Recognized as a national conservative leader with an amazing record of accomplishment, Ken Blackwell is a dedicated servant-leader. Whether it is leading the charge on issues or successfully running an effective organization, Ken is what our Party needs at this time. He will establish a clear distinction between the Republican Party and our opposition.
As a former football player, Ken understands the necessity of teamwork. But, like a good coach, he understands all the positions on the team, how to develop a winning strategy, and how to motivate and inspire all the players to play at their best and in unity to reach our common goal.
I know that we are both committed to continue building personal relationships, planning, organizing, working and fighting for conservative change to build a better America and a brighter tomorrow. I hope that you will consider electing us as your RNC Chair and Co-Chair when we meet in January.
In the meantime, I will be contacting you to discuss my candidacy. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and listening to yours in the days ahead.
I wish a joyous holiday season!
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