Carly Fiorina is no longer running for president, but it looks like she already has another job in mind. Many people are speculating that she will throw her hat into the ring to replace Reince Priebus as chair of the RNC.
Carly Fiorina Plotting Bid to Chair Republican National Committee
Former HP CEO and 2016 presidential contender Carly Fiorina is actively laying the groundwork for a bid to be the next chair of the Republican National Committee, according to state GOP officials who have followed her plans.
Fiorina and her aides have plotted an aggressive season of travel this fall to states with and without close Republicans races as she looks to help down-ballot Republicans, but people familiar with the plans said she is also looking to curry favor with the influential 168 members of the Republican National Committee. In phone calls and emails, Fiorina has reached out to party chairs across the country as well as RNC committee-men and -women who will elect a successor to incumbent RNC chairman Reince Priebus in January.
“The past few months Carly has been helping out with major races around the country, I know she is planning to reach out to your party chairman in the next week or so, just to touch base and see if there is any way she could be helpful to Republicans in the [Insert State or Territory] this Fall,” a Fiorina advisor wrote to multiple state party executive directors in recent weeks.
What elevated Fiorina’s travel from popular surrogate and fundraiser to that of RNC chair candidate, according to multiple RNC members, was her outreach to the U.S. territories, a particularly powerful voting bloc within the RNC but fall way down on the party’s priority list for the fall. Another source noted that the domains CarlyForChair.com and CarlyForRNC.com were both registered on July 14 at the same time.
FOX News covered the topic on Special Report on Friday:
Of course, there is one person standing in the way of Carly’s goal.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Fiorina will head to Virginia in late August to co-host an event with former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, who is running for governor of the state in 2017. Morton Blackwell, who has acted as an RNC member for nearly 30 years, will also be in attendance, Politico reported.
Fiorina is banking on a Donald Trump loss in November to launch her leadership bid, Time reported, because the RNC traditionally designates committee chair picks to the incumbent president. Fiorina has so far not formally endorsed Trump.
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