Steele & Boehner’s Support of RINO Cino May Have Thrown RNC Race to Priebus
Meet the New Republican Party – Same as the Old Republican Party
…And No Friend of the Tea Party
Yesterday, the RNC elected Reince Priebus as its new chair.
Hotline On Call described the maneuverings on the floor that led to his victory.
Michael Steele was wheeling and dealing with the candidates before he eventually endorsed RINO Maria Cino, an Obamacare lobbyist who has donated to and supported a pro-abortion GOP group.
Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele dropped his bid for a second term on Friday after being offered a lucrative deal in exchange for his endorsement, sources on the committee tell The Hotline.
Steele dropped out of the race for chairman after four ballots on Friday and threw his support to Maria Cino, a former Bush administration official who finished third in the race. Steele endorsed Cino from the stage after ending his bid, a rare public announcement in a contest marked more by quiet member-to-member conversations.
That endorsement came at a cost, according to committee insiders. As candidates jockeyed for position, Steele sat down with aides to both Cino and former RNC co-chairman Ann Wagner in search of a deal. Eventually, Cino allies offered Steele a deal that would have been more lucrative than the chairman’s salary, the sources said. The RNC chairman makes $224,500 a year.
Cino herself was not involved in the conversation. At one point, Cino campaign manager Matt Schlapp spoke with Steele and promised no Cino allies would bad-mouth the outgoing chairman or stand in his way as he sought to make the move to the private sector, according to a source who was briefed on the meeting. The source said Schlapp offered no financial deals or jobs. Steele did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Steele’s endorsement of RINO Cino, and Speaker John Boehner’s support of Cino this week, left conservative Ann Wagner without the support she needed to continue her momentum in the race. Wagner dropped out a couple of rounds later.
And, Reince Priebus ended up with the victory.
As Publius at Big Government said after the vote:
Tonight, the RNC elected Reince Priebus as the next RNC Chair. As state chair in WI, Priebus managed to shrink the number of both small and major donors. (There is a reason the GOP is called the stupid party.) Donate money to the RNC at your own peril. We will have news soon about an alternative. Hold onto your checkbooks for now though. There will be a multi-pronged effort to deny donations to the RNC.
Maybe someday Speaker Boehner will explain his last minute endorsement of the RINO Maria Cino?
But until then we can assume that today’s RNC is the same as yesterday’s RNC.
Its the same Grand Old Party from yesterday… Nothing’s changed.
The battle continues.