It was announced today that Ken Blackwell would run with Tine Benkiser as his co-chair candidate. According to party rules the party has to elect a female co-chair. (Aren’t we the Republican Party, what if there were two highly qualified women running shouldn’t we elect them for both chair and co-chair? Meritocracy I thought was our big thing, but I digress…)
Matt Lewis first reported this on AOL’s political machine today, and I am trying to get comment from the Blackwell campaign as well as others on what they think of this development. The letter is below.
Dear RNC Member,
Today we are very pleased to make the most important announcement of the campaign for RNC Chairman. I am pleased to announce that Texas GOP Chairman Tina Benkiser and I will be running together as a ticket for the positions of Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee, respectively.
I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy for Co-Chairman and thank her for her support.
This is clearly exciting news for our campaign. But I am ever more excited about the potential to work with Tina to lead our party to victory in 2010. She has been of the very best state party chairmen in the country and has the values and principles that we need in party leadership. She offers a vital perspective of what state party organizations across the country need from the RNC in order to be effective.
I am thrilled at the prospect of working her, and for you, next year. Please take a moment of your time to read this important letter from Tina Benkiser.