Three Republican Senators and two GOP House members met with state-level Republican activists and potential candidates on Wednesday evening to share advice on how to run for office and win state-level elections during an event organized by the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC).
“I think it is important for us to recognize that the future of the party in the future of the country depends on exciting young leaders from all communities in our country,” Sen. Tim Scott, RS told Fox News. vs. before the event. . âI hope what we’re doing is telling people the door is open, then the second thing we do is walk through that door ourselves and in various communities and attract qualified and skilled candidates. . “
Scott was joined on the panel by Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn .; Marco Rubio, R-Fla. ; Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, and Rep. Young Kim, R-Calif.
The panel was moderated by the former Governor of Puerto Rico. Luis FortuÃ±o, as the RSLC rolled out its new initiative “Right Leaders Network” which aims to help “recruit, train and support various candidates to run for office,” according to the RSLC.
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Kim, whose House Biden district president won in 2020, said that sometimes being someone that voters in a certain district can relate to gives a more “credibility” message.
She said it’s important to “be able to be like the district, speak like the district, so that they can relate to you. Coming from a woman’s perspectiveâ¦ I can relate to themâ¦ coming from from someone like me who talks about immigration reform, it’s about the people. “
During her congressional campaign, Kim said she was able to say “to the diverse community,” I’m one of you, I look like you and, dammit, I talk like you. “”
Having the right messenger, Hinson added, is “as easy as genuineness.”
Scott noted that skin color, however, is not always the key. He said that in his first run for the House of Representatives he beat the son of former GOP Senator Strom Thurmond in a district made up of around 75% white.
The South Carolina senator said a candidate who starts a state-level candidacy from the ground up – with no fundraising, few connections and no name recognition – should “start by sharing your story.”
âYour story will inspire people to get involved,â Rubio added.
And even after launching the basic device of a campaign, Hinson added, storytelling skills are essential.
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“I’m a mum who drives a minivan,” Hinson said, adding that it gives her credibility when talking about the cost of gasoline or “chicken fingers.”
âThe federal government could learn a thing or two about the way moms shop,â Hinson added. She urged Republicans in the room to use those kinds of relevant messages when they run against Democrats in 2022.
Blackburn had more old-fashioned advice for those who wanted to run for office.
âWhen you shake someone’s hand and look them in the eye, ask for their vote,â Blackburn said. “Show how important this vote is, how you value this vote.”