Potential candidates for chairman of the Republican National Committee will take questions at a panel discussion in Washington on Wednesday afternoon, and they'll be ranked on their humility, fairness and managerial skills, among other things.
The Republican National Conservative Caucus, a group of 26 RNC members, is organizing the panel, along with FreedomWorks, the group founded by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas).
Former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins, former RNC Co-Chairwoman Ann Wagner, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy, former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis and Maria Cino, the CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention, have confirmed they’ll participate in the panel, said caucus Chairman James Bopp Jr., a committeeman from Indiana.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who has not formally announced his re-election bid, had not said whether he would participate.
Bopp said the panel will use 13 leadership criteria, which focus not on policy but on management ability. For example, the caucus said it seeks a visionary who can raise money, represent the party publicly as a good spokesperson and empower RNC members. The first criterion on the list is “a positive attitude and vision for the growth and success of the Republican Party with practical ideas to achieve their goals.”
The other criteria are laid out below and include a handy ranking system.
Here are the “13 Leadership Criteria for RNC Chairman Candidates,” as outlined by the conservative caucus hosting the panel:
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