First on CNN: Republican Party to step up outreach to evangelicals
June 8th, 2013
02:02 PM ET
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First on CNN: Republican Party to step up outreach to evangelicals

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee has brought on a director of evangelical outreach to massage the party's complicated relationship with religious conservatives, GOP sources told CNN on Saturday.

The party organization has hired Chad Connelly, a consultant and motivational speaker who, until this weekend, was the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.

Connelly resigned from that job Saturday and informed members of the state party's executive committee that he will be taking a job at the RNC.

Details of his job will not be announced until next week, and a spokeswoman for the RNC declined to comment on the new hire.

But Connelly, a Baptist, has told multiple South Carolina Republicans that he will be steering the national party's outreach to faith-based groups. He will be based in South Carolina.

Hiring a full-time faith-based outreach director was one of 14 recommendations outlined by the RNC's post-election "Growth and Opportunity Project" released earlier this year.

The so-called GOP "autopsy" did little to define the job other than to say the RNC should "focus on engaging faith-based organizations and communities with the Republican Party" - a complicated task as the party tries to woo younger voters whose attitudes on social issues, especially same-sex marriage, are increasingly out of step with the evangelical wing of the conservative movement.

Connelly will be replaced at the South Carolina GOP by Matt Moore, an adviser to Sen. Tim Scott and former executive director of the party.

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  1. DENNA

    I would be more impressed if the GOP reached out to Blacks, Latinos and all the other people they love to ignore. I suggest that they take a page from the Chris Christie playbook and play well with others. Never. going. to. happen.

    June 9, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Anonymous

    If they have to massage the evangelical base to keep them on board, (one of the few remaining bases they have), then they are in deep trouble.

    June 9, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Jack

    If the Republican are stupid enough to make this reconnection, then they haven't learn from their mistakes. The Religious Right is one of the reasons that the Republican's lost the election. It is one of the reason that my wife, a good christian, didn't vote republican this year. I didn't for similar, but the same reasons. Second reason, she probably won't won't; and it is her business how she votes; is the Republican's rejection of "equal pay for equal work". That discrimination has gone on for way too long and I agree with her.

    The Republican's are the party of the stupid, Jindal is right!

    June 9, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Jane

    I'm not sure what part of the Bible says that Jesus hated gays and didn't believe in helping poor people, but I'll be happy to read those parts if someone would kindly tell me which chapters and verses. I do, however, seem to remember something about loaves and fishes. And don't give be Leviticus or Romans, neither of those was Jesus.

    June 9, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Mike

    So the GOP takes steps that will further alienate the moderates and the purely fiscal conservatives. And they wonder why Romney got beat so bad in the last pres election.

    June 9, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Marie MD

    @just saying, i see they gave you permission at the home to use your computer again.
    That beig said, how many people have died under Obamacare, because not having a ceiling on how much the insurance companies an set if you have, let's say cancer, is the first step to make sure anyone receives as much medical attention than before when the insurance compnies could tell you that they were no going to pay for your care and the only way o get treatment was to mortgage and lose your house, car, money, etc., etc.
    I don't listen to the fat radio boy or faux news but you prople are mindless. Evidence seems to be a bad word because I ccan' think of another reason to go againt something that will help so many.

    June 9, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Thomas

    @Jeff O'Dette
    Kris kristoffer wrote "when u got nothin, u got nothin to lose".

    "Like a Rolling Stone"

    June 9, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Bill

    Evangelicals have been irrelevant for the last 10 years. And guess what, whatever clout they may have once had has vanished. Nothing but a bigoted, angry group of white men who thinks we should all sleep with a bible under our pillow.

    June 9, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Justin

    Was it right when the Jews joined with Caesar? So it isn't right for a Christian to join with a politician. Just as Christ told Herod to bugger off that he had work to do that didn't concern him so should Christians stand be to the Herods of today, otherwise known as politicians.

    June 9, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    A good place to start the "outreach", would be when Elijah was fed by the widow who gave her last oil and wheat to make him bread, " for blessed are the poor and needy"! She was rewarded with a bottomless jug of oil and wheat.

    Makes one ponder the fate of the GOP "chri$tians" which view them as "welfare queens" and "anchor babies".

    June 9, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. rs

    ANY church or religious body that would embrace what the GOP is about is certainly NOT Christian. Either that or they read from a very different book than the Bible. The 47% comment resonate with anyone when we consider the plight of the poor or the elderly?

    June 9, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. ST

    Desperate people always do desperate things. Now republicans want to reach those of their own. What next? Reach Fox News and Rush Limbaugh listeners ?

    June 9, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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