There were a lot of folks disappointed when Carly Fiorina dropped out of the presidential race – including our own Col. Allen B. West. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a bright future ahead in politics in one capacity or another.Col. West posited that Fiorina might be a possible running mate for Ted Cruz after her endorsement. However, word on the street is there might be an entirely different role for her after the election.
I’m certain many of our readers will be happy to hear that RNC chairman Reince Priebus will be stepping down in 2017, and perhaps Fiorina will be the one to take over the reins – or should that be “reince.”As The Hill reports, if a Republican is elected president this fall, the chairman’s contest will probably be a moot point. It’s tradition for the president to handpick the chairman of his own party.
But if Democrats win four more years in the White House, it will trigger an all-out scramble in the race for RNC chairman — a role that involves raising loads of cash and communicating the party’s message.
To win, a candidate needs support from a simple majority of the 168 GOP national committee members, who represent all 50 states, D.C. and some territories.If Hillary Clinton is elected as the first female president of the United States, Republicans may want to make a woman the face of the GOP.
It’s a strategy the party pursued in 2009 after Barack Obama made history as the first black president; Republicans elected Steele as the first black chairman of the RNC, though Priebus ousted him just two years later.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina fell short in her bid for the White House, but she earned a reputation as a fierce debater who could attack Clinton in ways that most of her male GOP rivals could not.“Unlike another woman in this race, I actually love spending time with my husband,” Fiorina quipped at a debate in January.
Other women who could be in line for the job include House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the party’s highest-ranking female member of Congress, and Ronna Romney McDaniel, Mitt Romney’s niece who serves as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.
The Hill also mentions a number of Washington insiders – and even floats Marco Rubio’s name as a possible.One thing is for certain: whoever gets that job is going to be taking on a handful. After this election cycle, the first order of business will be trying to put the Humpty Dumpty party back together again.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]