December 3rd, 2008
05:56 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC chair Duncan to decide future this weekend

Duncan torn on whether to run for another term as head of RNC.
Duncan torn on whether to run for another term as head of RNC.

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan told CNN he will spend the coming weekend deciding whether to run for another term at the helm of the GOP, and could announce his decision Monday.

Duncan said he is torn about what to do - he said he likes his job very much, but also feels it may time for him to return home to Kentucky after being at the RNC for eight years.

Duncan's deliberations come as several other Republicans are publicly eying his post, following two straight election cycles during which the GOP suffered stinging defeats.

Duncan has steadily risen through the ranks of the RNC over the last decade. In 2001 he was elected the committee's treasurer and was named general counsel in 2002.  In 2007, President Bush tapped him to replace outgoing RNC chairman Ken Mehlman.

If he enters the race, Duncan will face a long list of challengers: former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, former Mike Huckabee campaign manager and ex-Tennessee Republican party Chairman Chip Saltsman, and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis have already declared they are seeking Duncan's job.

An RNC source close to Duncan later called to say the announcement may not come until later next week.

soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Tom in Delaware

    "RNC chair Duncan to decide future this weekend"

    Wow, and I thought that the Wizard of Oz was all mighty and powerful .

    Who knew?

    December 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya!

    December 3, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    @Lauren......typical far right Republican reaction...you guys can DISH IT OUT but you sure as heck can't take it can you? And as far as Sarah Palin getting slammed, she deserves every slam she gets, so much so in fact that her OWN people were doing right after the election was over.

    Remember THAT episode, Lauren??

    December 3, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. Mike Dallas

    Say it ain't so!

    The Republican party is in ship shape, you MUST stay, we insist!

    After all, your doing a heck of a job Mikey!

    December 3, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. Gonzo in Houston

    This is just another step in a process I have seen both parties undertake. After a major setback, they replace their leadership in both the national committee and Congress, they re-organize their coalition, they get some new faces and some new ideas and then wait for the party in power to over-reach and give them an opening.

    What really makes the difference is re-organizing their coalition. Various factions move up in power, move down, and sometimes move out. New groups come in or are formed. New ideas are tested in elections. It can easily take 4, 8, or more years. It's a harsh and painful process, but it's how a political party adapts to a new environment.

    The GOP is far from dead, but the current configuration of the party has run its course.

    December 3, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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