Leadership Institute Founder Endorses Ted Cruz for President

So my organization’s president has endorsed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president.

Morton C. Blackwell founded the conservative non-profit Leadership Institute in 1979 and is involved in the RNC as a delegate. It’s important to remember that his endorsement isn’t reflective of Leadership Institute as it is his own individual endorsement–but it nonetheless is very timely as our state’s primary is less than two months away.

Below is his endorsement of Cruz as posted from Ken Cuccinelli’s The Cuccinelli Compass: 

In the past several weeks, the presidential contest has clarified.  I have decided to endorse Ted Cruz and to urge other serious conservatives to join me in supporting Cruz.

In the piece I wrote last November, which you can see here, I discussed several factors important to consider in making a choice.  Here they are:

  • Has the candidate a record of personal activism and leadership for conservative principles?
  • Is the candidate surrounded by people notable for their firm commitment to conservative principles?
  • Are the candidate’s currently stated policy positions solidly conservative?
  • Has the candidate ever continued to fight hard for conservative principles when it appeared to be a losing battle?
  • Does the candidate frequently reverse his or her positions on important issues?
  • Has the candidate built a record of helping conservative organizations and working to elect conservative candidates?
  • If elected, would the candidate melt when the heat is on?
  • Can the liberal media destroy any truly conservative presidential candidate?

Applying those questions and similar considerations to the current candidates and their campaigns, you and I should unite in support of a candidate who could win election and whom we believe would be the most determined and effective conservative president.

I believe that person is Sen. Ted Cruz.

He has consistently demonstrated his deep commitment to conservative principles.  He works hard for those principles.  He is very smart.  He’s a world-class speaker.  He has shown that he can raise the large amounts of money necessary to win the nomination and the November election.

Ted Cruz has famously organized what is probably the best national ground-game campaign.  Supporters of some other candidates have focused largely on paid advertising that has a limited effect on identifying supporters and getting them to participate personally in caucuses and primaries.

Republican Presidents frequently have problems selecting federal judges and Supreme Court Justices who turn out to be reliably conservative on the bench.  From personal experience, Ted knows much better than others the vital importance of this matter.

You and I can be confident that Ted Cruz will make superb judicial nominations.

The Democrats will almost certainly nominate a badly flawed candidate – a notorious, serial liar who is widely disliked and distrusted.  Let’s take this opportunity to nominate and elect a Republican president who has the courage and skill to advance our conservative principles.

Like me, you have probably sensed that support for Ted is growing rapidly across the country.  I hope and now expect him to win the nomination.

Please join me in supporting Ted Cruz.


Morton Blackwell
Virginia Republican National Committeeman

P.S.  Feel free to circulate copies of this letter if you wish. -MCB

Ken Cuccinelli also endorsed Ted Cruz for president at the first official Virginia campaign event in Mechanicsville, VA a few weeks ago.

It’s nice to see more conservatives coalescing behind Ted Cruz, no? Virginia’s primary falls on Super Tuesday this year, or March 1, 2016. Stay tuned for more updates from the Commonwealth of Virginia…

Update I: Senator Cruz retweeted a tweet from someone who posted my article:

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Cheers to Three Years at Leadership Institute!


Today marks three years since I started my job at Leadership Institute as its Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.

Wow, time flies when you’re busy training, hiring, and empowering conservative activists to change their campuses and their communities!

What can I say on this anniversary? I’m still grateful for gainful employment and having a platform to communicate my conservative views. Thank you, Morton, and everyone else for taking a chance on me. Thank you to my family, friends, and coworkers  for your support and constant encouragement! Grateful for you believing in me and motivating me to be my best.

Cheers to three years, Leadership Institute!  Here’s to seeing where this journey goes to next.

Turning the Tides in Annapolis

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my second Turning the Tides conference in Annapolis, MD as a speaker. I previously spoke at the event in January 2013 on their “Cheated Generation” panel. This year, my sister Anna Maria joined me at the conference as a blogger.

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This year, I spoke alongside 14-year-old activist Leonard Robinson III and Maryland College Republican chair/John Hopkins student Christine McEvoy on the “Liberty Issues of the Youth” panel.

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Twitchy reported on the event:

Saturday’s Turning the Tides Conference in Annapolis, Md., featured an impressive array of speakers, including Dr. Alveda King, Niger Innes, Dan Bongino, Gabby Hoffman, Larry O’Connor and more, addressing topics such as “Campaign Dos and Don’ts,” “Refute the Tests,” and “Liberty Issues of the Youth.”

My sister blogged about the conference behalf of Counter Cultured. Here are her three blog posts: “Liberty Issues of the Youth“; “Change the Game“; and “Bullet or the Bribe.”

I want to thank Tonya Tiffany and Jim Jamitis for inviting me to speak. I encourage everyone to support and get involved with Maryland Citizen Action Network!

Celebrating Two Years at Leadership Institute

On this day two years ago, I started working for Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute as part of its Campus Leadership Program. I was truly blessed to find a job after college. (Hard work does pay off!) As a recent college graduate and wide-eyed 21-year-old, I was excited to work for this reputed institution to help it advance conservatism. Now at the age of 23, I’m fully prepared to challenge the Left thanks to the skills I’ve honed on at my job.


Time surely does fly by fast! It feels like I started my post as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator yesterday. What exactly do I do? I assist college students in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. More specifically, I help conservative and libertarian college students start/expand student groups, help them expose liberal bias, and assist them in changing campus dialogue. I used to be in their shoes, so I know how it feels to be the sole outspoken conservative on campus. That’s why I’m proud to serve as a mentor and friend to the students I work with. I want them to succeed on campus. (We need to help our fellow Millennials succeed in and out of the classroom!)

Working in the Northeast these past two years has been a treat. Although I’m based in the Washington, D.C., area, I make frequent trips to the Northeast to assist countless college students. You might be thinking, “Holy cow! The Northeast is a lost cause because it’s so liberal!” Yes, this stigma is all too true. This region is extremely liberal and reliably blue–and yes, its colleges live up to our expectations of being  leftist hubs. However, not all students in this region are complacent. I handle most Ivy League universities while working with many big state schools and smaller liberal arts colleges. I work with conservative, libertarian, and single issue students to help them advance limited government, traditional values, free markets, gun rights, academic freedom, and feminine virtue as a consultant. (I basically act as a liaison between student groups and outside organizations.) I’m proud to be in touch with hundreds of students. (If you need assistance on your college campus, contact me here.)

Morton Blackwell is a great conservative activist who has contributed so positively to our movement.  I’m truly honored to work under his leadership. (Thank you, Morton!) And my job would be incomplete without the support and friendship of my coworkers, who are some of the best activists I know. To my colleagues in CLP and Devo: I enjoy the countless jokes about communism, culture, and liberalism–you’ve made me smile and laugh nearly to the point of tears! I’ve also enjoyed our intellectual and insightful discussions during lunch hour, which have become a household name in our office. You’ve inspired me to be a better activist with each day. I couldn’t ask for a better workplace!

These past two years at LI especially wouldn’t be complete without the support of family and friends. My parents and sister have been there for me since day one by always encouraging me to do my best. Also, the support of friends in similar conservative organizations and support of friends outside D.C. mean a lot to me. You’ve helped this California girl blend into D.C. with ease. I can’t thank you enough!

I look forward to the next year or so at Leadership Institute. There are so many students to help and colleges in the Northeast to impact. We’ve got an uphill battle ahead of us to reclaim this country, so we must remain vigilant and determined. Our college campuses can be reclaimed; don’t give up on them!

Thanks to everyone who has positively influenced me!

Best wishes,



Goodbye Summer, Hello Campus Visits!

“To travel is to live.” ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

To those of you who read this blog, I’m happy to announce that I’m going to resume regular blogging — well, when time permitted.

Hope everyone had a great summer! I know I did. Now that it’s September, I’ll be making frequent trips into the field (Northeast) to fulfill my Regional Field Coordinator duties.  I have the privilege of meeting with eager  motivated conservative/libertarian students. I get to visit places like NYC and Boston. I’m 22 – I’m young and should enjoy any opportunity to travel. Consulting fellow young conservatives and traveling to cool cities? I couldn’t ask for a better job!

Tomorrow I leave for New York to meet with students from Syracuse University, Ithaca College, New York University, Vassar College, University of Rochester, and Columbia University in the City of New York. Six days in the field will prove interesting and productive with meetings, club fairs, driving, train rides, people-watching, and of course, sight-seeing.  Did I mention I’ll be in NY during the U.S. Open and Fashion Week?!

I can’t wait to help students combat the Left on campus this Fall.  I, along with my fellow Regional Field Coordinators, will be using social media to document our campus travels. We will be tweeting and posting pictures with the student groups we assist/meet with.

We hope you join us in spreading the good word of Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program! Kindly share/retweet our pictures.


Introducing Campus Reform Online’s Opinion Columnist


Wonderful news – I will pen weekly op-ed columns on Campus Reform Online (CRO)–Leadership Institute’s news publication–each Sunday starting May 19, 2013. For those of you who don’t know, CRO is the #1 source for campus news.

Here’s more about Campus Reform:

Campus Reform, a project of the Leadership Institute, is America’s leading site for college news.

As a watchdog to the nation’s higher education system, Campus Reform exposes bias, abuse, waste, and fraud on the nation’s college campuses.

Our team of professional journalists works alongside student activists and student journalists to report on the conduct and misconduct of university administrators, faculty, and students.

Campus Reform holds itself to rigorous journalism standards and strives to present each story with accuracy, objectivity, and public accountability.

They will focus on higher education and leftist abuses on campus. Many CRO stories have caught the attention of the Drudge Report and similar news outlets. Be sure to look out for them starting next Sunday and to follow stories my co-workers report on at CRO.

If you’re a college student and want to send a tip about a leftist abuse on campus, email contact@campusreform.org.

LIKE Campus Reform on Facebook and follow them at @CampusReform.