I will try to post up pre-debate interviews for all of the candidates.
All six candidates for the Republican National Committee Chairmanship will face off in debate on January 3, 2011. What a way to start off the year.
Current Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele has confirmed that he will participate in the January 3 debate to be co-hosted by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and the Daily Caller, making our debate the first in which all six RNC Chair candidates will face-off.
Also confirmed for the debate, Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis, former RNC political director Gentry Collins and former ambassador to Luxembourg Ann Wagner have also agreed to pre-debate interviews with SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Chair and American Principles Project board member Maggie Gallagher. (Full interviews can be viewed here.) Former RNC official Maria Cino has also confirmed her attendance to the debate.
I’ll post up the video interviews of the candidates in separate posts.
You can submit and vote on questions to be asked – prizes too, if your question is chosen.
The public can vote for questions addressing the Life issue to be asked at the debate on RNCDebate.org. The event will take place in the Ballroom of the National Press Club and stream live online at RNCdebate.org between 1:00pm and 2:30pm ET.
Reince Priebus and Michael Steele
Conversations with a number of strategists close to the RNC – and its 168 voting members – suggest that none of the six candidates in the running are anywhere close to securing the 85 votes needed to claim the chairmanship.
But two tiers of candidates have begun to emerge, with the top three seen as potential winners and the bottom three regarded as longer shots. Given the number of undecided voters and the unpredictability of the ballot process, though, it’s hard to count anyone out at the moment.
Chris Cilliza ranks the candidates.
But, it is difficult to do an accurate whip count at this time.
Now, if Sarah Palin weighs into this race who will she support?
“The Republican National Committee, the GOP’s fundraising and organizational arm, is facing a “cashflow challenge” and can’t pay all of its bills on time. In a memo Tuesday, RNC Chief Administrative Officer Boyd Rutherford wrote, “We will not be able to pay off the vendors this week. We will be slow in paying as we are having a cashflow challenge. Everyone will be slow paid until after the first of the year.”The acknowledgment by Rutherford of the RNC’s money woes comes at a bad time for the group’s chairman, Michael Steele, who already faces several potential challengers for another two-year term, writes the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza. Aside from Steele’s verbal gaffes, the cash-flow issue is likely to re-open the debate about his financial stewardship, the Post said.”
Former Republican National committee (RNC) political director Gentry Collins and RNC Chairman Michael Steele
Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins resigned from his post Tuesday morning with a stinging indictment of Chairman Michael Steele’s two-year tenure at the committee.
In a four-page letter to Steele and the RNC’s executive committee obtained by POLITICO, Collins lays out inside details, previously only whispered, about the disorganization that plagues the party. He asserts that the RNC’s financial shortcomings limited GOP gains this year and reveals that the committee is deeply in debt entering the 2012 presidential election cycle.
“In the previous two non-presidential cycles, the RNC carried over $4.8 million and $3.1 million respectively in cash reserve balances into the presidential cycles,” Collins writes, underlining his words for emphasis. “In stark contrast, we enter the 2012 presidential cycle with 100% of the RNC’s $15 million in lines of credit tapped out, and unpaid bills likely to add millions to that debt.”
Here is a copy of the letter embedded below:
RNC Chairman Michael Steele has yet to announce plans for re-election. But, with today’s revelation, I doubt he will run since it is obvious that he would not be able to win.
Going into the 2012 Presidential cycle, the Republican National Committee Chairman needs to be a very productive fundraiser as well as an executive leader. This is why California’s Carly Fiorina has been mentioned as a possible successor to Steele.
I don’t think she wants the position though.
I can see Carly more on Fox Business Network and writing a column for the Wall Street Journal.
Republican National Committee chief of staff Ken McKay has resigned in the wake of a controversy over an expenditure at a risque California nightclub, RNC communications director Doug Heye said Monday.
McKay’s resignation comes one week after the Daily Caller Web site reported that the RNC’s January expenditure report included nearly $2,000 spent at Voyeur in West Hollywood, a topless nightclub.
RNC officials worked to distance Chairman Michael Steele from the controversy — insisting that not only was he not in attendance but that he had no knowledge of the reimbursement — and promised changes in the way that people were reimbursed by the committee.
McKay’s resignation appears to be the leading edge of those moves, and an attempt by Steele and the broader RNC to show donors worried about the stability of the committee that changes ares being made.
But, Michael Steele is responsible for this mess and may ultimately pay the price with his resignation.
This reminds us to be very skeptical of politicians and political parties – you know something about absolute power corrupting absolutely.