This is an interesting development in the race for the RNC Chairmanship.
What many people do not know is that when the RNC meets in January to elect their Chairman they will also elect a Chairwoman. Why the Chairwoman has been relegated to meaningless status I can’t answer. The position does exist though. Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State (boy, wouldn’t you have rather had him in there instead of that miscreant ruining OH election laws right now), has formed a ticket with Texas GOP Chairman Tina Benkiser. They have both endorsed each other and are campaigning to be the Chairman and Chairwoman of the RNC together.
Blackwell penned the following letter to the members of the RNC:
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.
This is actually a great move for Blackwell (and most likely for Benkiser too). I think it goes a long way on the part of Blackwell to help elevate the co-chair position to actual prominence to highlight that the Republican party is inclusive of all races, sexes, etc. Show the country that we view things in a matter of quality and not their class and this move could be one step towards breaking down the traditional strength of voting blocks.
Kudos to Blackwell and Benkiser. [Or Perrier as our good friend Caleb Howe says.]