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Contenders Eye Race for RNC Chairman

Contenders Eye Race for RNC Chairman
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By    |   Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:15 PM

Contenders have begun lining up to be candidates for the Republican National Committee leadership position.

Reince Priebus has been chairman for six years, and he's expected to step down in January 2017, reports The Hill

If a Republican wins the presidency, it may not be an issue, since traditionally the president picks the leader of his own party. However, if a Democrat wins, the race will be on.

A candidate must gain a simple majority of the 168 GOP national committee members, who represent the states, the District of Columbia, and a few territories.

Some contenders include former presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Sen. Marco Rubio. Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, was a strong critic of Hillary Clinton during her run for president, while Rubio is retiring from his Florida Senate seat in January.

The party may look to a woman for the position if Clinton wins the presidency — Sandra Day has been the co-chairwoman of the party alongside Priebus since 2011. House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the highest-ranking woman in Congress.

Ronna Romney McDowell is Mitt Romney's niece and chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. She has said she is not interested in the job, but "she never says never," a source told The Hill.

Missouri Rep. Ann Wager ran unsuccessfully for the job in 2011. Susan Hutchison is the GOP Chairwoman in Washington. Other possibilities include Sean Spicer, the RNC's communications director.

South Carolina state GOP Chairman Matt Moore said he had been approached about putting his name in as a contender, but he said he's focused on getting a Republican into the presidency first.

Arizona GOP Chairman Mike Graham is considering a run, "but I would say it's a family decision," he told The Hill.

Matt Pinnell was Priebus' national state party director, and he's "getting the most buzz," said one state chairman.

However, one member of the GOP National Committee said, "If we go down as a party, I cant see people running on the Chairman Priebus record. Those close to the chairman might not be seen in a good light."

Priebus' performance as RNC chairman has been a sore subject for many after Preibus' unwillingness to criticize Donald Trump.

The Washington Post blasted Priebus, saying he, not Trump, "was the Republican most deserving of ridicule."

A Huffington Post report called Priebus' Republican Party loyalty pledge "a catastrophically dumb idea."

The Washington Post went a step further with its rebuke, saying Preibus is "a functionary. No one came to hear him." Priebus is "unwilling to question, let alone condemn the vile conduct of the front-runner candidate."

Priebus, meanwhile, has pushed aside dire predictions for the Republican Party. He told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel "fundamentals on our side are unbelievably good."

Michael Steele, who held the job before Priebus, said "God bless whoever gets the job."

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