Washington (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney and a clutch of former George W. Bush advisers have a horse in the Republican National Committee chairman race: Maria Cino.
CNN has learned that Cheney will be among the hosts next Tuesday at a fundraiser to benefit Cino’s 527 group, which was formed last week so the former Bush administration official could start raising money for her RNC campaign. Cheney’s daughter Mary assisted in organizing the fundraising committee.
Cino served as a top Commerce Department official and Deputy Transportation Secretary under President Bush. She also worked at the RNC during Bush’s two terms and managed the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
The fundraiser will be held at the Virginia home of GOP strategist Mary Matalin and is hosted by several veterans of Bush-Cheney world, including former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, former New York Rep. Bill Paxon and former administration aides Melissa Bennett and Emily Lampkin.
The Buffalo native has yet to make her intentions official and will not be among the candidates participating in Wednesday’s RNC candidates forum organized by FreedomWorks and conservative members of the RNC.
But as the fundraiser makes clear, Cino is all but certain to jump in the race and could formally announce her bid at the end of next week. She is slated to participate in a closed-door interview session Thursday with the bloc of RNC conservatives.
The bold-faced names on the fundraising invite - particularly that of Gillespie, who is held in high regard among RNC insiders - could help burnish her reputation with committee members as she preps her bid.
Two candidates, Michigan committeeman Saul Anuzis and former Missouri chairwoman Ann Wagner, have officially declared campaigns to replace RNC chairman Michael Steele, who has kept quiet on whether he plans to seek a second term.
Also seriously considering bids: ex-RNC political director Gentry Collins, Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus, Connecticut GOP chairman Chris Healy and former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who has ruled out a challenge to Steele but is nonetheless participating in the candidate interview session with RNC members on Thursday.
Cino – Is that like Rino???
I thought they already had plenty of 'Conservatives In Name Only' at the RNC.....
Does the PUBLIC have anything to do with selecting a RNC leader? Do THEY vote on that??? I don't think so – that's a decision that is voted amongst themselves! Then why in the hell do you need to FUNDRAISE??????? I don't get it!!! You are raising money to FIGHT amongst yourself!!! Maybe you are judged by the amount of money you raise???
Dear Mr. Cheney,
You have put in years of dutiful service to your party, your friends, and, for you, the nation. Please stay out of the limelight like this. We need you with us for as long as possible to help understand the historical context from your unique perspective. ... I have had several heart attacks and cardiac surgeries and procedures myself, and with exercise and lots of excellent care and prescription meds, I am still here more than two years past my prognosis called for. I know the family enjoys my company (most of the time), but I do limit myself socially and no longer have qualms about doing so, even about changing my mind and not attending some functions. Please-think this one over. Your sending in a video, or even doing a video link, would be even more appreciated than your body, if it meant having you around that much longer.
The Cheney's only reappear when there are no issues on the table for gays and lesbians and disappear again when the subject is in the news. The Cheney's don't represent all Americans, just the ones living under their roof.