Wadhams backs Anuzis for RNC chairman in contest for future of GOP

The battle for the future of the Republican Party is underway in Washington, D.C., where the Republican National Committee is gathering this weekend to elect a chairman (all the candidates are men). Follow the action with David Weigel’s live coverage at our sister site The Washington Independent.

Colorado GOP chairman Dick Wadhams this week endorsed Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis, who was nominated moments ago for the national top spot. Here’s the case Wadhams makes:

Let Saul lead our Comeback

I’ve read literally hundreds of emails. I’ve read all the plans. I’ve listened to more arguments than I can count. I’ve spoken to and met with all the candidates. My conclusion: Saul Anuzis is best prepared to bring our party back, and I enthusiastically endorse his candidacy for RNC Chairman. Why? Three reasons:

1. New energy. To be in a room with Saul, or to be involved in a cause with Saul, is to get swept up in a swirl of energy and feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. The Republican Party desperately needs that energy right now.

2. 21st century communications. It’s not just “technology.” It’s understanding how people communicate today, how they build relationships and how to lead a movement of people from coast to coast. And there’s simply no one running for Chairman who has more immersed himself in modern communications than Saul.

3. Purple states. The Democrats beat us in the swing states in 2006 and 2008 because they learned how to speak to the dreams and aspirations of the middle class while Republicans in Washington seemed to forget everything they ever knew about it. Those of us fighting hard in the purple states watched in dismay as the GOP became more known for its scandals than its ideas. Saul’s been fighting the tough battles in the toughest of places — the home of the UAW and the AFL-CIO — and he knows how to communicate our ideas at the kitchen tables of middle class families.

With Saul Anuzis as our Chairman, we can turn our party around and earn back the support of our fellow citizens. That’s why I hope you’ll join me in supporting him on Friday.

Dick Wadhams, Chairman
Colorado Republican Party

Colorado has three votes in the contest — Wadhams, RNC committeman Mark Hillman and RNC Committeewoman Lilly Nuñez. Earlier, Hillman endorsed Ken Blackwell, the former Ohio secretary of state. Nuñez hasn’t made an endorsement yet.

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