Two prominent Missouri Republicans are leaders behind a new think-tank that they hope will give them a voice outside of the political arena.
It’s called the American Freedom and Enterprise Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting free market solutions to the country’s problems, based in Missouri.
The brainchild of former Missouri Senator Jim Talent, the foundation has lured former US Ambassador to Luxembourg Ann Wagner as honorary co-chair. Wagner says this gives her and Talent a platform to talk policies outside of politics.
“This is going to be a non-partisan foundation that really serves the people,” according to Wagner, “providing them information and ideas and, hopefully, solutions that need to be addressed for the American public and certainly for the people of Missouri.”
Wagner says the foundation will address a wide range of issues.
“Right now, our focus is going to be about the policies coming out of Washington, D. C.,” Wagner says. “We’re going to address those and try and be very specific and solution oriented. We’ll team up with other experts.”
Even as Wagner works with the foundation, she has her feet firmly planted in politics. Wagner, who served as co-chair of the Republican National Committee and chair of the Missouri Republican Party, is serving now as chairman of Congressman Roy Blunt’s US Senate campaign.