Carly Fiorina Readies Bid to Become Next RNC Chair

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August 9, 2016

Former 2016 presidential candidate and Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is preparing a bid to become the next chair of the Republican National Committee, Time reported Tuesday.

Fiorina, who suspended her presidential campaign in February, is expected to spend the next few months traveling across the United States to help elect down-ballot Republicans while courting support from the nearly 170 RNC members.

The RNC will have to elect a successor to Reince Priebus in January if the current party chair decides against seeking a fourth term. Priebus has so far declined to confirm whether he will seek reelection.

A Fiorina adviser has written to multiple state party executive directors in the past few weeks informing them that Fiorina is willing to help with state Republican campaigns in "any way."

"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 [name of state] this fall," the adviser said, according to Time.

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.

Last month, the domains and were both registered simultaneously, a source told Time.

Fiorina, who launched a failed 2010 candidacy for U.S. Senate in California, was previously the vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and chair of the American Conservative Union Foundation.

She also joined Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign in the spring as the Texas senator’s prospective running mate after ending her own candidacy for the White House.

Fiorina has not publicly expressed interest in the position.