Politics & Policy

Villere Announces for Co-Chair

Politico’s Ben Smith reports that Roger Villere, chairman of the Louisiana Republican party, has announced his bid for co-chair of the Republican National Committee. Villere is eligible for the position only if a woman — that is, either Maria Cino or Ann Wagner — wins the chairmanship, due to the RNC’s rules.

A few days ago, Villere spoke to RNC Watch about his candidacy. He said he had narrowed his choice for chair down to Cino and Wagner — an obvious move. “I think both ladies would be great. They both offer a different set of skills,” Villere noted.

He added that both candidates were supportive of his decision to run: “They both said they were happy I put my name in there, and both of them have a lot of friends of mine supporting them.  I got a lot of calls from people.”

First Read had reported that Gary Emineth, former chairman of the North Dakota GOP, was running as well. A phone call to the candidate was not returned.


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