Unfortunately for Michael Steele, his chairmanship of the Republican National Committee is up for election on 20 January 2011. Holding a two year term, the position could prove to be crucial during the 2012 Presidential election, and major players within the Party are placing their bids for “anybody but Steele”.
Our former VP is sponsoring Maria Cino in her bid for Chairman; last week he headlined a fundraiser along with other former W. era advisors.
Cino has served as deputy Chairman of the RNC, deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation under W., and political director of his 2000 presidential campaign. She’s enjoying support from former Counselor to the President Ed Gillespie, former Counselor to Cheney Mary Matalin, and former Bush aides Melissa Bennett and Emily Lampkin.
Despite his overwhelming lack of support, Steele has declared that he will seek reelection in 2011. Other candidates include former RNC political director Gentry Collins, former US Ambassador to Luxembourg under W. Ann Wagner, former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin Reince Priebus, and Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party Gary Emineth.