The Republican Party of Texas Launches Volunteer Engagement Project

Monday July 8, 2019

Sam Pohl, 

The Republican Party of Texas Launches Volunteer Engagement Project
Mitch Carney as Executive Director and Steve Munisteri as Senior Adviser

AUSTIN, TX – State party Chairman James Dickey announced that the Volunteer Engagement Project has been formally launched. Chairman Dickey previously outlined to the State Republican Executive Committee during the 2nd Quarterly Meeting the exciting news that the resources had been pledged to fund an effort which focuses on volunteer recruitment, revitalizing Republican Party auxiliaries, and engaging in nuts-and-bolts party building such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts for the 2020 election cycle. The Chairman has appointed members to a special working group which already includes Karl Rove who has graciously donated his time to provide strategic advice, Karen Newton, President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, Jack Barcroft, Chairman of the Texas Republican County Chairmen’s Association, Kathaleen Wall, Chairwoman of the RPT Voter Registration working group, and is anticipated to include several additional prominent Republicans. Chairman Dickey also serves on the committee.

The initial funds necessary have been raised to start the project and Mitch Carney has been hired to serve as the Executive Director for the Volunteer Engagement Project. Carney is also serving as the new Political Director for the RPT.

The working group has retained the strategic consulting firm FP1 Strategies to assist in the development of the overall strategic plan, strategies for implementation and organization. FP1 Partner Steve Munisteri is handling the account on behalf of FP1. Munisteri also serves as Senior Advisor to the project.

Mitch Carney has managed and worked on some of the most competitive Republican campaigns across the country, including Congressman Will Hurd’s extensive voter contact and turnout effort in his successful re-election effort in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in 2016. Carney also served as Deputy Political Director for Carly for America and Regional Political Director for The Republican Party of Texas’ southern region.

Chairman Dickey commented:

“Mitch has worked on some of the toughest races in Texas and we’re confident he will lead our ground game expertly and ensure we accomplish the goals we must to win Texas next year. We have an uphill battle ahead, and I’m confident Mitch is up to the task!”

Chairman Steve Munisteri is the former Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 2010 to 2015. He stepped down to serve as a senior adviser to Senator Rand Paul. Following his tenure with Senator Paul, Munisteri was retained by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus as Senior Advisor to the Chairman. Following this, he served in the Trump administration as Deputy Assistant to the President as well as Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison before returning to Texas to serve as a Senior Advisor for Senator John Cornyn’s re-election campaign. Munisteri will split his time between the Cornyn campaign, the Texas Republican Senate Caucus, and the working group.

Chairman James Dickey continued: 

“With over 47 years in politics, Chairman Munisteri brings a political aptitude that will help us turnout more Republicans and defend Texas in 2020. We look forward to working with him to achieve our monumental goals and deliver Republican victories in Texas.”

Chairman Dickey concluded: 

“We are thrilled to have Chairman Munisteri and Mitch Carney join our team. They bring a wealth of political knowledge and experience that will help us defeat the Democrats and keep Texas Red in 2020! ”

Chairman Dickey with Steve Munisteri (L) and Karl Rove (R) at the announcement of the Volunteer Engagement Project in June.


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