Austin–“The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) and the Texas Federation for Republican Outreach (TFRO, the RPT’s statewide auxiliary for African American outreach, with a generous grant from the Republican National Committee (RNC), are excited to announce a comprehensive plan for defining the party within the African American community, rather than continuing to allow the Democrats to define us.  The effort includes hiring full time, year-round staff to organize an effort to aggressively recruit candidates for public office, to fill precinct chairs positions in majority minority precincts and to extend personal invitations to African American voters to meet African American Republican leaders and to become more involved in our primary and convention process. The staff will also coordinate efforts with an existing volunteer base to contact and recruit African American independent voters to affiliate with the GOP.,” said Steve Munisteri, RPT Chairman.Bill Calhoun, Chairman of Texas Federation for Republican Outreach, states: “Despite the fact that the Republican Party has elected more African Americans to statewide office in Texas than the Democrat Party which has elected none.  Yet, black voters still overwhelmingly vote for Democrat candidates. It’s time for that to change. We have a positive message and a record in Texas. Specifically, we’re going to talk to voters about 2 issues that hit closest to home: jobs and education.””Because a project of this size comes with expenses, and as the ‘cautious steward of our donors’ money, we asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebus if the RNC could invest financial resources, as a part of the Growth and Opportunity Project, to help offset the cost of additional staff and project expenses. Chairman Priebus immediately recognized the value in the project and quickly committed his financial support,” RPT Chairman Munisteri went on to say.Chairman Munisteri went on to say “I am very excited to announce this project’s significant engagement with the African American community by the Republican Party .  It is long overdue. I am especially appreciative of the hard work that TFRO Chairman Bill Calhoun has put into this effort and of his long term commitment to the RPT. The RPT in turn is committed to an ongoing, sustained and effective effort to better communicate our principles to African American voters. I would also like to thank National Chairman Reince Priebus for his generous support and, more importantly, for his shared vision of the necessity of community engagement. The RPT looks forward to a continued relationship on community engagement with TFRO and the RNC.”                                  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus            RPT Chairman Steve MunisteriChairman Priebus stated, I’m excited to be working with the Texas Republican Party on this important initiative as we look to bring more Republican voters to our party. We need to strengthen relationships with more voters and it’s essential Republicans communicate our shared values with the African American community – values of equal opportunity and education, the importance of family and community ties.”  Rep. Stefani Carter    Rep. Scott Turner   Hon. Robin Armstrong   Rep. James WhiteRep. Stefani Carter: “The Republican Party just makes more sense for young African Americans these days. I understand that in the past, voting Democratic was just what the family did, but today things are different. We’re looking for economic opportunity. We’re looking to build businesses. We’re looking to raise families. And the Republican Party is the party that will help us succeed.”Rep. Scott Turner: “I am a Republican because I believe in opportunity, free enterprise, and strong family values such as traditional marriage and the sanctity of life. I favor an education system which ensures that every young Texan, regardless of where they live, can achieve their dreams. The Republican Party offers a home for those who still believe that with faith, hard work, and determination the American Dream is possible.”Robin Armstrong, M.D., RNC Texas National Committeeman, “The Republican Party has always been a philosophically conservative party with the moral authority to stand with African Americans from Emancipation all the way to Civil Rights. If we objectively look at the large urban neighborhoods in America, it is obvious that the Democrat Party has failed minority communities since the presidencies of Lyndon Baines Johnson to Barack Obama. It is exciting to see that Republicans recognize the value in carrying common sense conservative solutions to communities that have not been engaged. It will be even more exciting to see the results!”Rep. James White: “My vision for Texas is the full participation of all its citizens in the political process at the local, county, state and national level. In order for this vision to be realized, I believe Republicans across Texas must work together to promote conservative, common-sense values as the best way to live a quality life and to pursue the American Dream. I salute RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri and TFRO Chairman Bill Calhoun for forming a partnership and showing all of us the way forward.”