April 28th, 2009
10:08 AM ET
13 years ago

Conservatives create new 'ideas factory'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A former Republican National Committee chairman and a prominent GOP pollster are leading a new organization that will promote conservative principles and try to counter the Democratic controlled White House and Congress on economic and national security matters.

The organization, Resurgent Republic, will be comprised of GOP strategists, academics, former congressmen. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour,former RNC chair and senior advisor to President G.W. Bush Ed Gillespie, and GOP strategist Whit Ayres co-founded the organization.

"Our nation is at an historical junction and the actions we take today with regards to promoting free market principles will have an impact for a generation or more," Gillespie said in a statement sent to CNN. "Resurgent Republic will serve as a strategic resource for the general public, policy makers and Congressional leaders."

The organization emphasized that it would help "promote market-oriented policies, lower taxes and economic growth, and strong national security policies." On Wednesday, Resurgent Republic said it will release a report on President Obama's budget.

(Full list of Resurgent Republic's advisory board after the jump)

Resurgent Republic's advisory board, as released by the organization:

–The Honorable Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi and former RNC chairman;

–The Honorable George Allen, former chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC);

–The Honorable Bill Paxon, former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC);

–The Honorable Vin Weber, former member of the House Republican Leadership;

–The Honorable Mary Matalin, former Assistant to the President and former executive director of the Republican National Committee;

The National Survey Research Advisory Board is comprised of professionals who have decades of combined experience in public affairs, including several of the nation's governors and senators. They include:

–Glen Bolger, Public Opinion Strategies;

–Linda DiVall, American Viewpoint;

–Ed Goeas, the Tarrance Group;

–John McLaughlin, McLaughlin and Associates;

–Jan VanLohuizen, Voter Consumer Research.

The Academic Advisory Board is comprised of renowned political and behavioral scientists with a record of research on public attitudes and behavior. They include:

–Gary Andres, Ph.D. Research Fellow, American University, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies;

–David Brady, Ph.D. Professor, Stanford University, Department of Political Science and Graduate School of Business;

–James W. Ceaser, Ph.D. Professor of Politics, The University of Virginia

–William F. Connelly, Jr. Ph.D. John K. Boardman Politics Professor, Washington and Lee University

–James G. Gimpel, Ph.D. Professor of Government, University of Maryland, Department of Government and Politics;

–John R. Petrocik, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, University of Missouri, Department of Political Science;

–John J. Pitney, Jr. Ph.D. Professor of Politics, Claremont-McKenna College

–Daron Shaw, Ph.D. Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Government.

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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Nancy

    You guys that are bashing the Obama administration, have you looked at the poll numbers? Oh, that's right its a conspiracy. Keep believing they are not true. Coming up with new ideas from the same old guys. Are you kidding? This will be like digging a dry well. Doesn't work very well in corporations and won't work here as well.

    April 28, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Steve, Columbia SC

    May I suggest you recruit some basic, real, everyday conservatives that pay their taxes, pay their bills, and cling to their God and guns.......................

    April 28, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. patriot

    I'll listen to their ideas only if they can express them without using the words "deregulate", "faschism" (including all alternate spellings), "tax cuts", "socialism" "trickle down", or any eupemism for the word "torture".

    April 28, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. ron

    What a big waste of time. Thanks for nothing GOP. You would think that the election told them something but I guess not. I can't imagine what the US would look like if these people ever got back into the white house.

    April 28, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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