Former Ohio secretary of state Ken Blackwell has endorsed Maria Cino for chair of the Republican National Committee. “Ken Blackwell has been an incredible conservative leader for our party and for the people of Ohio whom he served,” Cino says in a statement. “I’m very grateful for his recognition of my experience and my support for our shared conservative values and I am thankful for his endorsement of my candidacy for RNC Chairman.”
Blackwell ran for RNC chairman himself in 2009. He dropped out of the race after the fourth ballot, however, and endorsed the eventual victor, Michael Steele.