Ann Wagner for RNC Chair
transition document "Together We Will Win: A Blueprint for a New
Direction" outlined how the transition would include a finance team and
an operations and political team. "Each team will be comprised of
volunteers who meet for the purpose of drafting detailed action plans
for review by the Chairman of the Republican National Committee and
approval by the Executive Committee."
Hi. I'm Ann Wagner. As a former member of the Republican National
Committee, I want to talk directly with you, the members of this
Committee, about what we can do -- and, I believe, must do -- to fully
change America's direction in 2012, and to decisively bring
conservative Republican leadership to the presidency, Congress, and the
Today I am announcing that I am running for Chairman of the Republican
National Committee. And I'm here to make a rock solid commitment to you
and to ask for your confidence and your vote. There is much we can and
will accomplish together for the good of our nation. 2012 will be a
challenging election cycle. The RNC needs to be funded to its maximum
obligations. We must be efficient, relevant, professional and credible.
We must start immediately to erase past debt and to restore the
confidence of our donor base. We must have these resources in order to
take back the White House and complete the job that was started this
year. Fundraising must come first. We also must have greater
transparency and accountability when it comes to the RNC’s budget and
expenditures. As a former Co-Chairman and member, I know how important
it is for the RNC membership to be fully informed and engaged.
At the same time, we need to get "back to basics" and field a
grassroots program that works closely with state parties and
aggressively funds state Victory programs.
That means a well-financed micro-targeting effort. It means a strong
field organization that is trained, funded and directed. Today's
electoral cycle demands customized voter contact, voter identification
and turnout programs that are tailored for each state’s election laws.
Redistricting is upon us. The GOP is well-positioned in many state
capitals. I've held state leadership positions for the last two
redistricting cycles, in 1991 and 2001. I know how to move our Party
forward, through this often difficult and complex process to maximize
The world of communication has changed dramatically. Never have we had
so many ways to communicate with voters. We must utilize all of them.
That means new strategies for new media - especially for the 2012
My lifetime of service to the Republican Party – a record of proven
conservative leadership and results – has prepared me for this job.
Today, I am asking for your trust and support.
I've served our party at all levels – as the Lafayette Township
Committeewoman in St. Louis County – as Chairman of the Missouri
Republican Party and as Co-Chairman of the Republican National
In Missouri, I have been at the very center of the effort to turn a
battleground state into a reliably red state. When I chaired the
Missouri Republican Party, we took control of both houses of our
General Assembly for the first time in fifty years. We also elected a
Republican governor and a Republican U.S. Senator, and delivered
Missouri's Electoral College votes for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
We’ve grown from holding three of nine congressional districts to
holding six of nine today.
I served two terms as Co-Chair of the RNC, traveling to 48 of 50 states
focusing on building strong state party organizations and coalitions.
While managing the office of Member Relations, I was and will remain a
true advocate for the members of this committee.
Most recently, I served as Chairman of Roy Blunt's successful campaign
for the U.S. Senate, where I focused on campaign strategy, fund
raising, message development and bringing old and new elements of the
grassroots together for an historic victory.
Over the years, I have written and directed state party victory plans,
raised the money to implement them, managed multi-million dollar
budgets, worked effectively with candidates, delivered our conservative
message through the media, hired talented professionals to help get the
job done, and have always known that party success starts and ends with
real people doing real work to make a real difference.
Yes, I am a political operative – but more than that, I'm a devoted
wife and mother from the middle of America. My husband of 23 years,
Ray, and our three children are a solid foundation of support for me.
Our son Raymond is a senior at West Point; Stephen is a sophomore at
Washington University in St. Louis and Mary Ruth is a high school
Like you, I am deeply concerned about the direction our left-wing
adversaries are taking this country. Our freedoms and values are under
assault. I'm concerned about soaring spending, massive debt, punitive
tax increases, and an expansive government that seeks to control our
businesses, communities and families.
I’m asking for your confidence and your vote to be the next Chairman of
the Republican National Committee.
The cause is great – the time is now – our mission is not yet complete.
Let’s do this together!