Monday, December 6, 2010

Coming Soon - GOP Woman at RNC Helm - Dec 8, 2010


NRAAC's National Chair Dr. Jean Howard-Hill

Dr. Hill is also a contributor to David Frum's Forum at

December 8, 2010

Coming Soon! A GOP Woman at the Republican Helm

"...Listen up Republican Party and hear the sounds of stilettos marching forward, as a new brand of GOP women is coming forth! Soon even to the helm of the Republican Party."

With all the fuss over Michael Steele and who is to replace him, what stands out among all of the potential candidates is that there are two women to be considered!

What a refreshing change!

I remember back in 1979 when I first came into the GOP, Republican women were carded in their spouse's name. You were "Mrs. John Doe" and hidden in parentheses was your real name "Jane Doe". We were expected to be faithful members of the National Federation of Republican Women and our local clubs, pay our dues, have our monthly social-club-like-setting meetings, invite the male white Republican leadership to speak and abreast us of issues, and of course raise money and "man" the tedious work that was needed to get them elected. If you did this, you were a model Republican woman. But we are seeing that beneath the Republican once female submissive political waters, is a not so calming current that is destined to cause a gender inclusive tsunami within the GOP political landscape.

GOP women are recognizing that we are impacted just as much and even more in some ways socially, economically, judicially, and educationally by policies and the actions or inactions of government. We also recognize that we have the same ability as men to balance budgets, run government, determine the direction of our country and make decisions that affect Americans.

We look at the brilliance and intellect of Dr. Condaleezza Rice. Dr. Rice brought us her off-the-charts intelligence and understanding of foreign as well as national policy. She has given us a taste of what we could be like when we are appointed to cabinet level positions that also impact foreign policy. Many are convinced, that although some may be okay with the role we play as wives, mothers, and standing behind or alongside our man, we also have much more to bring to the table, other than preparing the meals, feeding the gang and washing the dishes.

This new found sense of who we are or can be politically, is what has made Sarah Palin so powerfully attractive. It is Palin's ability to get out there and take the spotlight that once was held predominantly by white male Republicans that makes her hot.

Since on the scene, we have seen even the most powerful of the GOP leadership court her favor. She has silenced many who otherwise would have ripped her to shreds. Only behind closed doors do few even dare utter a negative word about her, for fear it will negatively impact their next election bid.

What is behind this political force for which to be reckoned? It is a GOP Women's Revolution that has been in the making now for years, which has given people such as Sarah Palin the ability to galvanize the vote in a substantial way, making her a powerful and coveted ally to have on your side. Regardless of her position on issues or what she says that sometimes may cause one to scratch their head, very few will dare oppose her openly, because what they are really opposing is not Sarah Palin. It is the fear of the rising new GOP woman.

Speaking of rising GOP women, because of this, RNC now has to take a serious look at the two female candidates vying for the RNC's highest post. Both are RNC credentialized and positioned.

- Maria Cino served as the RNC deputy chairwoman in 2000, after serving as political director for George W. Bush's first presidential campaign. Later she was appointed Deputy Transportation Secretary.

- Ann Wagner served as Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee for two terms, and as U. S. Ambassador to Luxembourg under President G.W. Bush.

Like it or not, while Palin may not be a Dr. Rice, and for those who question if she fully understands the political game, as GOP women, in part, we owe her a debt for moving into national leadership a female presence that challenges the foundation of our almost gender exclusive party, and has caused the Republican Party to recognize the power inherent within the GOP woman.

But where we truly owe this debt is to "G.W.". We cannot deny the crucial role President G. W. Bush played in his appointment of women of different ethnicities to top level administrative posts. Without him, we would not have seen the brilliance of Rice, nor would either of the two RNC candidates have been positioned for this move. This sort of makes him the "Godfather" of the GOP Women's Revolution.

Through these appointments, President G. W. Bush gave us the opportunity to show we can be on the field, in the game, calling the plays, running the ball, and scoring. Now that we know this, we are destined to see more qualified GOP women primed, eagered and ready to move into positions of leadership. This forces the GOP to take Cino and Wagner or any other qualified Republican female more seriously.

So listen up Republican Party and hear the sounds of stilettos marching forward, as a new brand of GOP women is coming forth! Soon even to the helm of the Republican Party.

[According to multiple sources, other potential candidates include: Mike Duncan, former RNC Chair; Nick Ayers, RGA Executive Director; Gentry Collins, former Steele aide; Reince Priebus, Wisconsin GOP Chairman; Chris Healy, Connecticut GOP Chairman; Gary Emineth, former North Dakota GOP Chairman; and Ron Nehring, California GOP Chairman.]

To reach the NRAAC national chair:

Jean Howard-Hill
423-544-9696 Cell
423-521-4294 NRAAC office

[Dr. Jean Howard-Hill is the author of Black Eyes Shut, White Lips Sealed. She has served as the national chair for the National Black Republican Women with her late husband, Attorney Bobby Lee Hill serving as the head of the Black Republican Men for Change from 1987 to his death in 1991. After his death up until 1993, she remained head of the organization, and in 1999 combined the two groups to form the National Republican African American Caucus.

Outside of her role as the National Republican African American Caucus [NRAAC] national chair, Howard-Hill is known for her involvement within the African American community and her efforts to correct and enhance verbal, written and presentational skills of African American students, and her "Pull up Your Pants and Dress for Success Campaign" to improve the appearance and fate of African American males. She has created and directed the Many Faces of Diversity at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which teaches these skills to minority, "at-risk", and first generation college bound students. She is currently working on the Tennessee Youth Research Study, a research project aimed at identifying causes and providing connectors to reconnect to the youth of this generation.

She has taught full time and as an adjunct, American Government, State and Local Government, and International Politics and Culture of Non-western Countries at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was voted 2006 Outstanding Professor of the year. Additionally, from 1976 to 1979, she designed and directed the "Democracy In Action" Program, which was a civics program taught in the local school systems. Howard-Hill also is a local and national political commentator. She holds a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, College of Law and is working on a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Research from Oxford Graduate School. She also is ordained clergy and heads The Healing Place Ministries International, overseeing 47 ministries throughout Africa.]

The National Republican African-American Caucus is an organization that is comprised of Spirit filled people of faith within the African American community, that works in conjunction with local, state and national party efforts to embrace, and offer African-American Republicans opportunities for inclusion and involvement in the Republican Party, and builds bridges between the African-American community and the Republican Party. In doing so, it seeks to carry out the philosophy and mission set before President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas to build a stronger and more inclusive Republican Party, where those guiding principles are more important than politics.

More information on the NRAACcan be found at:; [NRAAC] National Republican African American Caucus Social Issue Network (members only); [NRAAC Blog]; [NRAAC Youth on the Horizons Blog]; [NRAAC New Generation-New Direction Blog]; and [NRAAC National Chair's Blog]. Each State Caucus can be accessed by state. See related links at Also can be found on the RNC group page at

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