Washington (CNN) - Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus picked up a key endorsement Tuesday in his nascent campaign for the Republican National Committee chairmanship.
Mississippi Committeeman Henry Barbour, a respected figure inside the RNC and a close confidante to his uncle, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, emailed committee members to praise Priebus' record in Wisconsin as well as his service as RNC General Counsel, a position Priebus resigned from this weekend before officially entering the chairman's race on Monday.
(CNN) – A pro-life women's group and an anti-tax group will cosponsor a debate among candidates in the race for the next Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman.
The Susan B. Anthony List announced on Tuesday that it will co-host the January debate with Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) in order to question the candidates on their pro-life priorities.
Washington (CNN) - Calling for a "need to unify the RNC," Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus officially jumped in the crowded race to replace Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday.
"For me, being State Chairman isn't a title – it's a mission," Priebus wrote in an email to committee members and provided to CNN. "As Chairman of the RNC, I will assume that same laser focus. Less drama, more hard work, more results and more focus on winning. That is my pledge to you and I humbly ask for your support."
Washington (CNN) – Four candidates hoping to take over the Republican National Committee from Chairman Michael Steele warned party activists Wednesday that the GOP could risk their ability to capture the White House in 2012 unless a leadership change is made atop the party.
Washington (CNN) – Ann Wagner, the former head of the Missouri Republican Party and chairwoman of Roy Blunt's successful U.S. Senate campaign, announced Monday that she will seek the top post at the Republican National Committee.
Wagner, who served as co-chair of the RNC between 2002 and 2005, had already filed paperwork to run for the post but made her intentions official in a video message to committee members.
(CNN) – Michael Steele is defending his record at the helm of the Republican National Committee, sending a memo to committee members Friday describing the past cycle as an "overwhelming success."
The five-page memo comes amidst heavy criticism from several high profile Republicans that the RNC's fundraising and get-out-the-vote prowess has floundered under Steele's leadership and declarations from some within the party that the chairman does not deserve a second term.
San Diego, California (CNN) – Current Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele isn't at the Republican Governors Association gathering here, but he's a big topic of discussion.
At this morning's governors breakfast, RGA Chairman Haley Barbour asked the 26 Republican governors and governors elect whether they would be comfortable asking RNC committee members in their states to consider a change in RNC leadership next year. Eighty percent of the governors raised their hand. That's according to a Republican staffer who attended the meeting and asked to remain anonymous while speaking about the current RNC chair.
Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Political Director Gentry Collins, a respected political operative in GOP circles, quit the committee Tuesday with a biting letter to chairman Michael Steele complaining in detail about the party committee's troubled financial situation.
"Sadly, if left on its current path, the RNC will not be a productive force in the 2012 campaign to deny President Obama a second term, retain our House majority, and elect a Senate majority," Collins wrote in the letter, which was also sent to members of the RNC's Executive Committee.
Washington (CNN) – A bloc of conservatives on the Republican National Committee has recommended a "scoring system" to evaluate the clutch of the GOP insiders vying to replace RNC Chairman Michael Steele next year.
The 13-point "Leadership Criteria," discussed Monday on a private conference call by the Republican National Conservative Caucus but provided to CNN by a GOP source, would rate potential candidates on a range of criteria, including their vision for the party, managerial experience and an adherence to conservative principles outlined in the Republican Party platform.
Washington (CNN) – Pledging to focus on the "nuts & bolts," Michigan Republican Saul Anuzis declared his candidacy Friday to head the Republican National Committee, setting up a potential showdown with current Chairman Michael Steele.
Steele has not publicly stated whether he will seek a second term, but is privately taking steps to do so including reaching out to trusted advisors to discuss his campaign team and strategy.