Ann Wagner often slips out the back door of her congressional office building and crosses the street to her unpaid job — recruiting GOP candidates across the country to run for the U.S. House in 2014.
Her pitch at the other building, where the National Republican Congressional Committee has its offices?
“Let us help you consider this. Here’s what I can do for you; here’s what the NRCC can do for you. We’d like your decision by summer,” she said, recalling conversations with potential GOP candidates from around the country.
Wagner, a Ballwin resident who won election in November to Missouri’s newly configured 2nd District House seat, is moving more quickly than ever these days.
Soon after her election, Wagner was chosen leader of the 35-member GOP freshman class. She has brought energy to the job, working to re-calibrate a GOP message that, polls suggest, voters are finding stale.