Tuesday, December 16, 2008

OKGOP Chair Endorses Ken Blackwell

Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Gary Jones has endorsed Ken Blackwell in the RNC Chair race. Here is the letter from Chairman Jones and Lousiana GOP Chair Roger Villere. Blackwell has made them the co-chairman of his RNC chair campaign.

Dear RNC Member,

Today we join Steve Forbes and Chuck Yob in announcing our support for Ken Blackwell for Chairman of the Republican National Committee. As part of that support we have agreed to serve as Co-Chairs of Ken’s campaign.

We believe that Ken Blackwell will make the strongest RNC Chairman for the following reasons.

- Ken is a conservative who has experience working with important segments of our base such as the National Rifle Association, the Family Research Council, and the Club for Growth.

- Ken has experience representing our party on national television and has the authority to be taken seriously by the media and the American people.

- Ken knows what it takes to win elections having been successful in thirteen out of the seventeen times he has been on the ballot.

- Ken understands the mechanics of our party having worked in all fifty states across the country to fight Democrat attempts to rig the census.

This year Louisiana Republicans experienced one of the best years ever, winning two congressional seats in runoffs this past Saturday by a combined 2% while ousting an incumbent Democrat in a Democrat district. It was a phenomenal ending to a phenomenal cycle in Louisiana.

Oklahoma Republicans also had a successful year, winning majority in the Oklahoma Senate for the first time in state history while delivering every county for John McCain.

We want to thank Mike Duncan for his service on the job he did under difficult circumstances and appreciated the help provided by Chairman Duncan and commend him for his many years of service to our party.

That said, we believe it is time to go in a new direction and that Ken Blackwell is the best person to lead our party against Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi.

While we realize there is an effort to make sure that a current member is Chairman of the RNC, we believe it would be a mistake not to field our best team against the Democrats.

Ken understands the importance of working with RNC members in building partnerships between the RNC and the states. Ken pledges to appoint RNC members as deputies and to use their experience and knowledge to prepare our party utilizing the best training and technology available going into the next round of elections.

We look forward to working with each of you in the years to come and urge you to join us in helping make Ken Blackwell RNC Chairman.


Gary Jones, Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman
Co-Chairman - Blackwell for RNC Chairman

Roger F. Villere Jr., Louisiana Republican Party Chariman
Co-Chairman - Blackwell for RNC Chairman


You can visit Ken Blackwell's campaign website here.


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