“In our office we actually have 6 of our staff who have come out of the Leadership Institute,” said Senator Rand Paul. “My former chief of staff was actually with the Leadership Institute and worked closely with them for many years.”
The goal of the Leadership Institute is to effectively train young conservative activists to be leaders in our nation’s government. Sen. Rand Paul says LI is doing just that.
“I think what’s great about the Leadership Institute is that it does something really no one else is doing…. There’s really nobody [else] training the next generation of people who will be the leadership of our country,” said Sen. Rand Paul. “To me it’s an amazing thing and it is genius for Morton Blackwell to come up with the idea.”
Sen. Rand Paul first crossed paths with Morton at the Republican National Convention of 1976 when Morton was a Reagan delegate. This was during the time of the Rockefeller Republicans, before Bush. In essence, Morton was a Reagan Republican before it was cool and remained steadfastly so during President Reagan’s political career.
That was only part of Morton’s ongoing efforts in the conservative movement, and Sen. Rand Paul said such a career speaks to the value of Morton’s political work and experience.
“Morton Blackwell’s legacy will be [as] someone who has been there from the very beginning and really was one of the originators who created the conservative movement,” Sen. Rand Paul said.
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The Leadership Institute offers 44 types of training programs, working with more than 1,591 active conservative student groups, and helping employers connect with conservative jobseekers. Since the Institute’s 1979 founding, more than 162,508 conservative activists, students, and leaders have been trained. Graduates include members of Congress, state legislators, local officials, media personalities, and conservative organization leaders. For more information, please visit: www.LeadershipInstitute.org.