On Thursday, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) hosted a conference call to discuss the launch of their Women’s Recruitment Support Program called “Right Women Right Now” (RWRN).
The new board members and co-chairs reassured listeners that this program would aim to promote women political leaders and “reinforce the voice of women” on various policy issues.
The program is the third prong of the RSLC Future Majority Project designed by Chairman Ed Gillespie that targets Hispanics, young people, and now women of the GOP to help them achieve success.
RSLC President Chris Jankowski began the conversation by explaining that the “Right Women Right Now” program will identify the top 150 Republican female candidates running for state level elected office. Jankowski added that isolating the 150 “most promising candidates” will allow the program to allocate its resources and adequately support the campaign of each female candidate.
Jankowski identified the Co-Chairs of “Right Women Right Now” as former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, both of whom were drawn from the RSLC Board of Directors.
Co-Chair Kerry Healey spoke, expressing her passion for encouraging Republican women to run for office and thanked Ed Gillespie for focusing on the importance of accounting for all the voices in the Republican Party will his Future Majority Project. Healey is currently in London for the 2012 Olympics and Governor Romney’s visit.
Healy’s Co-Chair, Karen Handel, added that the program will “serve as a platform to propel women to more and higher offices.” She noted her commitment to taking “an aggressive role to get these women elected in November,” and she also pointed out that the program will use its resources to build and recruit a strong bench of talented women. According to Handel, RWRN will work toward “reinforcing the voice of women” on policy issues.
Then, California State Assembly Republican member Connie Conway expressed her excitement in being a RWRN Board Member. She assured those on the call she will dedicate herself to “making sure women have the tools they need to be heard” as a part of the program.
Rebecca Kleefisch, Wisconsin’s Conservative Lieutenant Governor, will also serve as a RWRN board member. She characterized herself as a woman who chose to “take the leap” from mother to elected official and highlighted her passion for helping other women who want to represent their children, and all children, to make the same leap.
Jankowski closed the conference call by emphasizing that the “Right Women Right Now” program “is really about making a difference and winning elections.”
The RSLC is the greatest caucus of Republican state leaders, and it is the single national organization that commits itself to electing down ballot, state-level Republican office-holders.