"Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose" is Nonsense

It is not always enough to be right -- as in correct -- candidates have to know how to win.  It takes preparation.

Since 1979, future candidates have attended Leadership Institute trainings.  At LI, they learn the tools to win -- persuade voters, effectively fundraise, and get-out-the vote.

Because they graduated from LI training, many winning candidates in 2014 understood how to effectively run and win. 

"Thanks to you Morton and LI staff, there are countless conservatives making a difference in public policy across the country," said soon to be Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.  "As one of your earliest students, I know firsthand what a wonderful foundation the Leadership Institute’s education provides for someone involved in public service."

Here are some of the many LI and Morton Blackwell trained candidates who won accross the United States in 2014:

  • Mitch McConnell – U.S. Senate, Kentucky
  • Alex Mooney – 2nd Congressional District, West Virginia
  • David Jolly – 13th Congressional District, Florida
  • Vicky Hartzler – Fourth Congressional District, Missouri

LI graduate and New Mexico businesswoman Kelly Fajardo said, “I don’t think I would have ever taken the step to run if not for LI.”


  • Terry Branstad – Governor, Iowa
  • Mark Hutchinson – Lt. Governor, Nevada
  • Chassity Martin – Commissioner, Collinwood, Tennessee
  • Michael Hough – State Senate District 4, Maryland

Hans Zeiger
Hans Zeiger pictured above in 2010, graduated from three of the Leadership Institute's trainings.  “LI is an excellent program for learning how to win in politics,” Hans said. “I recommend LI training strongly for campaign managers, policy professionals, and others who are shaping the future of our communities, state, and country.”


  • Hans Zeiger – State House District 25b, Washington
  • Lauren Cheape Matsumoto – State House District 45, Hawaii
  • Kelly Fajardo – State House District 7, New Mexico

In 2014, LI graduate Jennifer Sullivan became the youngest woman ever elected to the Florida legislature.  “There are enough people that are in it for the power," Jennifer said of politics.  "We need to get people that are principled and conservative that are going to be in it for the people; because that is the only way we are going to get our country back on track.”


  • Jennifer Sullivan – State House District 31, Florida
  • Kyle Koehler – State House District 79, Ohio  
  • Matt Krause – State House District 93, Texas

LI trained candidates know being right is not enough.  They study how to win.