February 22nd, 2010
03:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Former RNC chairman signs on with 2010 election effort

Mike Duncan served as RNC chairman from 2007 to 2009.
Mike Duncan served as RNC chairman from 2007 to 2009.

Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan, who has maintained a very low profile since losing his re-election bid to Michael Steele last year, has re-emerged as a top advisor to a new Republican effort to pick up state legislative seats in this year's midterm elections.

The effort - REDistricting MAjority Project, or REDMAP - is a program of the Republican State Leadership Committee, which also works to elect Republicans to state legislatures and down-ballot offices like Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State.

The RSLC recently added another former RNC chairman, Ed Gillespie, as its chairman. REDMAP's goal is to boost GOP majorities in state legislatures around the country, which will play a crucial role in the 2011 redistricting process.

Duncan is one of four new senior advisers to REDMAP. The others are former Tennessee Sen. and RNC chairman Bill Brock, former North Carolina Rep. Robin Hayes and former RNC official Anne Hathaway.

"We're thrilled to join the RSLC team and are excited about combining our ideas about redistricting with the proven success the RSLC has had on state races to ensure future GOP victories," Duncan said in a statement announcing the launch of REDMAP.

Duncan served as party chairman from January 2007 until he withdrew from the contested chairman's race in January 2009.


Filed under: 2010 • Ed Gillespie • Mike Duncan • RNC
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Rani McBride

    Republicans cannot win on the merits. They have to resort to Redistricting.

    February 22, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. hongli

    Another re-cycled DEAD-ENDER joining the Racial national Congress. RNC

    February 22, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    "our ideas about redistricting" ... isn't that jerrymandering?

    Once again, the GOP proves it is all about Party Before Country.

    February 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Michael Steele is a lame duck and doesn't know it. It's just a matter of time and they'll have Steele come up with some kind of lame duck excuse as to where he could serve better somewhere else, like nowhere.

    February 22, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. MsDp

    Yep GOP you can bring as many advisors as you need, duncan, puncan or who ever, because you will need more than that to stop the DEMs. GAME ON!!!! The Democratic Party will MAINTAIN CONTROL IN BOTH CHAMBERS AND THE WHITE HOUSE! Just know that the American People are waking up to the games the GOP is playing. We all know that your party consists of CPAC, TEAPARTY, KKK & THE OTHER TEAPARTY. And America is not going back to 1810! We are moving forward into the new Century. We lost 8 years fooling around with this party (GOP) and we donot have any more time to lose. It is time for progressive and forward thinking full speed ahead. LET'S GO DEMs, LET'S GO!

    February 22, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. ANGIE

    they are trying everthing they can. except for being bipartisian. they are so full of hate they can't think straight.

    February 22, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. A GREAT REPUBLICAN

    The Democratic Party is a hateful and raciest organization. Vote Republican, its the only way to go

    February 22, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Redistricting? What's that about?
    Isn't he part of the same old repug NO party?
    Then again, there are no old guys with new ideas. They have to pick from governing quitters and nude poster boys from the "younger" crowd.
    Thanks, I needed a laugh this rainy afternoon.

    February 22, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Republicans "have to resort to redistricting?"
    Remember CORE and President Obama.
    Hopefully, Mr. Duncan, instead of Mr. Steele, will speak in public for Republicans on every possible occasion in the future.

    February 22, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Keith in Austin

    To all you crybaby liberals defaming the GOP: Open your eyes and clean the Obamwax clogging your ears! Progressive Liberalism has failed miserably and will be wiped out starting in 2010. Good riddence sayeth American Taxpayers!

    February 22, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. big papa

    Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party =

    Racist, Redneck, Confederate, America hating, American Taliban-lite...

    ...They are EVIL personified and should be politically EXTINCT!

    February 22, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. bmw

    Strange. When Democrats benefit from redistricting the neocons scream bloody murder.

    February 22, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. virginia nielsen

    A republican " mullah" is back to the American Taliban !!!

    February 22, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Eunice Ervin

    Yup, looks like they are going to throw Michael Steele under the buse where he came from. He can do us all a favor and put Mike Duncan either on him or underneath. Well Steele your uselessness time is over.

    February 22, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. jules sand-perkins

    In November, don't expect Republicans to post armed Black Panthers at polling places to intimidate voters.

    February 22, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. JT the college freshman from MO

    I may be young and naive, but this partisan gridlock is not what I want to see for the rest of my short life on this Earth; short life in terms of the age of the Universe (14 billion years). I want to see a government that has differences of opinions, but does not let those differences of opinion get in the way of making important progress that our nation needs to move foward. Everyone of us, whether you believe in God or not, needs to realize that without us cooperating with one another, nothing important that can make our lives better can ever be accomplished. I believe that government should not define marriage; that is up to the two people; the men, the women, or the man and the woman. Government should not interfere with a woman's right to choose; whether she has an abortion or not should be up to her and her only. I believe in Progressive views, but I believe that we need to approach them in a responsible, mature way. For example, clean energy independence; I believe that it is time for our economy to be reformed to a clean energy independent status. I am aware that, that big of a reform takes responsbility, patience, and fiscal knowledge to accomplish; here is an example of what I mean:
    What then are attributes of a sustainable economy in the information age?
    1. Populations of humans and other organisms living in harmony with the natural support systems such as air, water, and land (including ecosystems).
    2. An energy policy that does not pollute the atmosphere, cause climatic damage such as climate change, or present unacceptable risk ( a political or social decision).
    3. A plan for renewalbe resources such as water, forests, grasslands, agricultural lands, and fisheries that will not deplete the resources or damage ecosystems.
    4. A plan for nonrenewable resources that does not damage the regional to global environment while ensuring a share of our nonrenewable resources is left to future generations.
    5. A social, legal, and political system that is dedicated to sustainability with a democratic mandate to produce such an economy.
    To achieve a sustainable United States economy, it is necessary that we:
    1. Develop an effective population control strategy.
    2. Completely restructure our energy programs; a sustainable US economy cannot run on fossil fuels for too much longer. Conservation of energy must have a central place in our energy management plans.
    3. Institute economic planning, including development of a tax structure that will encourage population control and wise use of resources.
    4. Implement social, legal, political and educational changes that provide for maitenance of a quality local, regional, and universal environment.
    We need to produce solar, wind, natural gas, nuclear, geothermal, hydrothermal, biofuels, and oil energy here in America. I am also aware to achieve that big of a reform, we would have to make some tough, unpopular choices about fiscal responsibility. For example, if this type of economy would to flourish, we would have to cut down to our basic needs for our nation: Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, Education, and defense for our military; the rest, in my view, have to be trimmed down in some shape, way, or form, so that we could fund this reform that I am talking about. Cuts would not do it alone; if anyone took a look at our debt built up over a period of a couple of decades, anyone with common economic sense would realize that to fund this type of clean energy economy reform, while paying off our debt that needs to come down, would realize that a very unpopular decision has to be made; raise taxes on someone. To be honest, if anyone took a look at the total US Unfunded Liability Debt that has built up over the past few decades, anyone would realize that that magnitude of a debt cannot be paid off by the middle and lower class, while still making the necessary economic reform to a clean energy independent economy. In other words, the wealthy has to pay more in taxes if our debt ever hopes to come down anytime soon; sorry to be blunt, but that is the only fiscally responsible way I see the debt coming down. We can make this sacrifice; we have before to get out of tight situations, and we can do it again and come out stronger than ever before.

    February 22, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    @ JT college freshman from MO:

    Well said! Its refreshing to read a young man's intelligent comments!

    The Republicans in Texas did all they could to redistrict to have the advantage over Democrats!

    Wake up America! Don't be fooled again!

    February 22, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    While the CPAC tea baggers were busy stirring up the the knuckle draggers and advocating more violence against "big government" by that moronic Pawlenty, and celebrating the fact that someone was fed up with the IRS and "no taxation without representation" and had taken action, well, here ya go CPAC.

    I now have 3 new heroes, they are the ones who have burned down 11 meeting places of the "christian cabal" centered in East Texas.

    Of course, no one has been killed by my "heroes" but then I am not a con that advocates guns, killing abortion doctors or IRS employees.

    Burn, baby, burn!

    February 22, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Mike in Philly

    So what nitwit gets to decide when comments are "closed" and no more are allowed to be posted? Seems some topics are open forever and others are allowed only 2 dozen or so. Highly selective enforcement of an arbitrary rule = censorship. So I'll post here on the Lieberman article:
    I was all for reconsidering Don't Ask Don't Tell until the Senator from Aetna came out on the same side; now perhaps I need to reconsider my position: I must be off somewhere if Joe agrees with me.

    February 22, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. GOP is finally getting it together

    Mitt Romney is awesome. People that don't like him base it on his hair and look rather than his qualifications and successes (governor, businessman...).

    February 22, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Hows that nonunion made Toyota workin for ya?

    Its called gerrymandering districts,a lot like jury rigging.

    February 22, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |