Thursday, October 22, 2009

GOP Trains New Illinois Messengers for 2010

From the Illinois Republican Party

The Republican National Committee Coalitions Department hosted a Say It Loud: Surrogate 101 Training in Oak Brook, Illinois on Saturday.

Organized by Illinois Republican National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte, the purpose of the day long workshop was to equip Republican Party surrogates with practical and effective communication tools. Representatives from women's and business groups, ethnic coalitions as well as College Republicans and Young Republicans were briefed on the basics of new media, traditional media and as well as outreach to various ethnic communities.

"We were thrilled to have almost 70 different individuals join us today, making Illinois' workshop one of the largest thus far that the RNC Coalitions has held," DeMonte said. "This new project is one that will help us get out the Republican message, and highligh how different our message is from President Obama and the Democrats."

DeMonte said she hopes to add more over the next few months to the spectrum of Republican messengers in Illinois and plans for more advanced training in the months ahead.

"Illinois voter dissatisfaction with the Democrats is loud and clear," Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady said. "I am proud of the work that our various coalitions are doing to spread the word that Republican values are their values."

Say It Loud workshops are offered on a rotating basis and provide basic training for individuals who are committed to helping the RNC consistently communicate its message. Say It Loud encourages grassroots supporters to use their voices and sphere of influence to communicate how the policies of the Republican Party have improved their lives while creating balanced view points in local debates and discussions. New media and traditional media trainings are offered, as well as resources and tools that assist participants effectively communicate the message as a speaker, panelist, or forum participant. These training sessions will be led by guest speakers who have a vast amount of experience.

For more information on Republican Coalitions, contact Demetra DeMonte at 309-648-7556 or

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