Longtime GOP operative Maria Cino is weighing whether to run for chairwoman of the Republican National Committee as other contenders surface.
While others have officially jumped in the race, a source close to Cino’s deliberations said she is still calling RNC members and wants to reach them all “before making a final decision about her candidacy.”
“Maria is positioning herself for a run, and she believes there’s no greater step in the process or anything that deserves more consideration than what the members themselves have to say,” the source said. Cino will meet privately with RNC members Thursday and will attend the panel Wednesday.
Now a Washington-based lobbyist for Pfizer, Cino joined the RNC in 2000 as deputy chairwoman, after serving as political director for George W. Bush’s first presidential campaign. She went on to serve as a Transportation Department appointee in the Bush administration.
Previously, Cino also served as chief of staff to Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), and she helped lead the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 1994 and 1996 election cycles.
One outspoken supporter of Cino is Republican strategist Mary Matalin, who told Roll Call that “two more years of a dysfunctional RNC is not an option” and that Cino is the best person to right the ship.
“No one has done as much or as well as Cino has in her multiple tours of duty at the RNC and in campaigns across the country,” Matalin said. “She knows what it takes to raise the money, to integrate cutting-edge technology, to develop innovative GOTV programs, to get state parties what they need and to build and inspire a team to crank it up.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.