(CNN) – Could Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour be talked into running for Republican National Committee chairman next year, instead of seeking the White House?
Not a chance, a Barbour insider told CNN Thursday, responding to a report in Politico that "a handful of well-known Republicans" are planning to ask Barbour after Nov. 2 to seek the RNC post "for the good of the party."
Barbour, who is contemplating a possible White House bid in 2012, already served as RNC chairman from 1993 to 1997 and is currently chairing the Republican Governors Association, which he's transformed into a fundraising behemoth in an election year when 37 governorships are on the line.
"Governor Barbour is serving the Party and making a huge difference in this election cycle," the Barbour adviser told CNN. "These folks in Washington are misinformed if they think the Governor would run for RNC Chairman while he's also serving as governor of Mississippi."