RSLC Chairman Gillespie Op-Ed: “A GOP Success Strategy”
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 07:53 AM EST
In a Christian Science Monitor Op-Ed, RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie laid out steps the RSLC is taking to expand the scope of recruitment and support to reflect the full diversity of our nation.
Excerpts are below and the full Op-Ed can be read here
“As the election showed, unless Republicans see an increase in support from minority voters, especially Hispanics such as Mr. Rubio who are the fastest growing segment of the electorate, the Republican Party's chances of future success are grim.
“And here's another key message from the election: In Republican-led states, our policies work and voters recognize it. For example, in 2012 Republicans made a net gain in legislative chambers in six states won by Mr. Obama: New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin. Republicans saw a net gain in 30 chambers, increased the number of states under complete Republican legislative control from 25 to 26 and now hold veto-proof majorities in 16 states – up from 13 in 2012. Currently, 53 percent of Americans live in states where Republicans control both the legislature and the governorship, according to the Pew Center on the States.
“Fortunately, the groundwork is underway and already producing results. In 2011, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) launched the Future Majority Project (FMP) – a long-term, sustained initiative that commits significant contributions of time and resources to support and elect women, African Americans, and Americans of Hispanic and Asian descent to state offices.
“The results are encouraging. After investing more than $5 million in the Future Majority Project in the last election cycle, 15 new Republican candidates of Hispanic descent and 84 new Republican women were elected to state-level office in 36 states. That adds up to 99 Republican officeholders, newly elected in 2012, who are now communicating the Republican message.
“Last week, they formed the Future Majority Caucus, led by co-chairs Governors Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada. This caucus of current elected officials will support the goals of the Future Majority Project, and will expand the scope of recruitment and support offered by the Republican State Leadership Committee to reflect the full diversity of our nation.
“Our states are setting the example of how to grow the economy, support job creators, and focus on ways to keep more money in the pockets of working families. But our future majority will materialize only if we successfully execute in these key policy areas and welcome everyone to take part.”
Ed Gillespie is chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee and the former chairman of the Republican Party.
About the RSLC
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down-ballot, state-level Republican officeholders. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the office of lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state legislator. The RSLC has more than 100,000 donors in all 50 states. In the 2011-2012 election cycle, the RSLC invested in 42 states, breaking previous fundraising and political spending records, set in 2009-2010, with an increase in fundraising by 28 percent to $39 million and an increase in direct political spending by 35 percent to $27 million. This cycle’s effort picked up six new legislative chambers, saw a net gain in 30 chambers, created or expanded 16 Republican supermajorities and picked two new attorneys general. Additionally, the RSLC successfully launched the Future Majority Project, spending more than $5.5 million in direct support of Republican candidates of Hispanic descent and women, and investing to expand digital outreach efforts to millennial voters. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.RSLC.com or follow @RSLC on Twitter.