CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The director of faith engagement for the Republican National Committee says he’ll return to West Virginia, several times in the coming year, to help Republicans claim the open U.S. Senate seat.

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Chad Connelly’s job with the RNC is to get Christian voters to the polls to support conservative candidates.

“To be in the best position to win the White House in 2016, we’ve got to get people of faith out to vote and win the U.S. Senate in 2014 and then turn this whole debacle around.  That’s why I’m here,” said Chad Connelly on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Earlier this year, Connelly left his role as chairman of South Carolina’s Republican Party to join the “Growth and Opportunity Project” the GOP launched following losses in the 2012 General Election.

The new Republican strategy includes reaching out to younger voters and religious voters.

“I’m going to talk to them about finding out what people really believe in and what they stand for and then vote your values,” said Connelly of his plans mobilize people of faith for conservative causes.

“I’m going to be doing a voter registration push like we’ve never done before.  I’ll be back here real soon to do pastors’ luncheons and I just want to help them overcome those questions marks of, can I do this?”

Connelly, a devout Southern Baptist, said he is focused on ten states where Republicans can gain U.S. Senate seats.

In West Virginia, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat, is not seek reelection.  The likely frontrunners to replace him are Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat.

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  • rivers

    Let's hope Mr. Connelly believes the Bible were the Lord says:" Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ ...‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” ... These days Republicans seem to believe only in self-righteousness, hatred and greed.

  • wvtd

    another rino traitor with no spine. maybe he can bring carl rove to give a sermon and johny McCain to sing.

  • wvman75

    He's a baptist, not a church. And I figure you had no problem with Obama associating with anti-American Reverend Wright. Or his pulpit politics.

  • GregG

    And we give the church tax exempt status?