Molly Donlin: 2012 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Molly Donlin

Molly Donlin, 30, is the Florida State Director of the Romney for President campaign. Florida was the top battleground state of 2000, and it will have that role again in both the 2012 primary and general election. Florida will be the fifth GOP primary and the last one before the crucial multi-state Super Tuesday.
Donlin is a former Deputy Director for Volunteers at the Republican National Committee, and was part of the team that secured Bush’s 2004 re-election by winning Ohio with 50.81%. If Kerry had won Ohio he would have been president.
In 2008, Donlin ran the McCain campaign in Arkansas which the GOP won with 59%. She was shifted to Pennsylvania for the final month when the Arkansas victory was apparent.
Donlin also had key roles in the 2009 McDonnell (VA) and 2010 Snyder (MI) gubernatorial campaigns. Why did she choose Romney?
Donlin believes he has the best chance to defeat Obama, and can win independent voters in battleground states such as Florida, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio.
She has worked in campaigns in all of those states. She also contrasts Romney with the president and says “To create jobs, it helps to have had a job. America needs a president who has been a leader in the private economy.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Beth Fukumoto: 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Beth Fukumoto, 28, is the new Chairman of the Republican Party of Hawaii. She took office today after the Executive Committee requested the resignation of her predecessor, Jonah Kaauwai. He believed Ron Paul was the only candidate “brave enough to talk about the wars,” and the full committee was scheduled to vote on his removal on October 15th.
In 2012, Hawaii will have an open U.S. Senate seatas well as a vacant House seat. In addition, former Rep. Charles Djou (R) is trying to reclaim his old Honolulu district. The obstacles are significant in Blue Hawaii, which was Obama’s best state in 2008.
Fukumoto is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and received her MA from Georgetown University. Last year Democrats said the state budget could not be balanced without raising taxes, and Fukumoto worked with the House Republican Caucus to disprove that claim.
She helped to produce a six-year financial plan that showed exactly how the legislature could end school furloughs and close the budget gap without raising taxes. Her balanced budget did not reduce service to poor people.
The Honolulu Advertiser described her plan as “totally awesome.” She says “I’ve seen some pretty terrible things while working at the State Legislature, like votes being miscounted and representatives lying to the public.
“Too many of our leaders have forgotten who they represent. Hawaii taxes the poor more heavily than most other states. The idea that we only tax the very rich simply isn’t true. Hawaii is also one of the top five highest-taxed states in the nation.
“We have great tourist attractions, but these are all private sector successes and they did not benefit from our state government. The government is failing at what it’s supposed to be doing, and our tax dollars shouldn’t be treated like the government’s money, to be spent with reckless abandon.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Leslie Sanchez: 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45



Leslie Sanchez, 40, is the former RNC press secretary who developed the successful Hispanic outreach program for the 2000 Bush campaign. He received 37% of the Hispanic vote and it clearly provided the former President’s margin of victory.
It is an electorate which had been largely ignored in the past. Univision said Republicans had never approached them before Sanchez. She has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and “Hispanic Business” magazine lists her as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics.” Her op-ed articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and US News & World Report.
She is probably best known for appearing on 10 episodes of “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” in 2005. Sanchez is an admirable success story and had to work her way through high school to help support her mother and grandmother.
Her book “Los Republicanos: Why Republicans and Hispanics Need Each Other,” received excellent reviews. It emphasizes that most Hispanics share core beliefs with the GOP. She wants Republicans to appeal to this community “not as Hispanics or immigrants but as Americans with an equal stake in the future of the country.”
Sanchez says “As Republicans, we need to win at least 35 percent of the Hispanic vote to win the presidency. In 2008, John McCain got 31 percent. Our high point was Bush in 2004 with 44%, and the low point was Bob Dole in 1996 with 21%.
“Research demonstrates that another 25% of Hispanics are voting Democratic on the generic presidential ballot question but would be interested in voting for a Republican who offered a campaign agenda focused on family, education and job-creation issues. So it is mystifying to me to hear the ongoing references to the party’s need to find “a new way” to speak to the nation’s largest minority bloc. It’s like being asked to reinvent the wheel.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Rebecca Harmon-Dowling: 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Rebecca Harmon-Dowling

Rebecca Harmon-Dowling was the 2011 Pennsylvania Republican “Woman of the Year.” In May 2010 she was elected as the youngest member of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Republicans.
Rebecca, 24, is from Uniontown and is well aware of the political strength of the AFL-CIO. She worked diligently for Tim Burns in a 2010 special House election but was not able to overcome labor’s turn out of the vote campaign. The setback did not discourage Rebecca and her Young Republican colleagues. They went on to help pick up five House seats that November.
She says “I was out door knocking and phone banking like I was born to do it. You can be a doer, a watcher or just wonder. You can do something, watch something, or see it done and wonder how things happened. I try to be a doer.”
Her enthusiasm for the GOP is readily apparent, and her heroes are Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA), who were both elected in 2010.
While Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana have been in the reform spotlight, Rebecca believes some of the most exciting changes are in her state. In fact, they are witnessing the largest change agenda in a century. Her message is not to attract attention to herself, but she believes the nation should know what is happening in her state.
Under GOP leadership, Pennsylvania has a balanced state budget and it was the first on-time budget in nine years. There were no tax increases and the $4.2 billion deficit was wiped out by budget reductions.
They obtained $415 million in reductions from public employees. The budgetary gimmicks and short term fixes of the past were abandoned. They are also stopping property tax increases by requiring a public referendum on any future attempt to raise taxes.
A major milestone was the passage of tort reform with the Fair Share Act. It treats business and medical professionals fairly in the award of financial damages.
Natural gas is a major job creator for the Keystone State and Gov. Corbett and GOP leaders wants no state taxes on the industry. The best news is that the reforms have only just begun. The GOP is also moving to eliminate the state liquor monopoly, reduce business taxes, institute school vouchers, restructure public welfare and reform the state legislature.
This is a new direction because politicians in the past expanded the functions of state government and raised taxes to meet budget deficits. Additional reforms are still on the drawing board, but the Governor has plenty of allies.
Since the infamous pay hike fiasco of 2005, almost half of the House and one-third of the Senate have been replaced by new members, many of them committed to reform. The legislature is behind the campaign to stop budget and tax increases.
Rebecca convinced us exciting things are happening in the Keystone State, and her top goal is to make sure Obama does not carry the state in 2012.
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45