Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is reportedly laying the foundation for a bid to become the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Approaching the end of his third term as head of the Committee, current chair Reince Priebus has neither confirmed nor ruled out seeking a fourth.
According to Time, Fiorina has purchased a domain for carlyforchair.com and carlyforrnc.com; has contacted several state party leaders and informed them of her willingness to support Republican candidates; and is slated to campaign for former RNC chair Ed Gillespie, who announced his intent to run for governor of Virginia in 2017.
Fiorina ran for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, eventually losing to incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer.
In May 2015, Fiorina announced her candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination and demonstrated a rhetorical skill in early debates which elevated her from second-tier status to sharing the main stage with Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and eventual nominee Donald Trump.
A sharp critic of Hillary Clinton, Fiorina often questioned the former Secretary’s qualifications for the White House and repeatedly assailed Clinton for confusing travel with the conduct of diplomacy.
Facing a fall in poll numbers in late January, Fiorina suspended her primary campaign in early February and endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz. As the crucial Indiana primary approached in late April, Cruz selected Fiorina as his running mate.
After losing Indiana, Cruz dropped his presidential primary bid and Priebus declared Trump the party’s presumptive nominee.
[Washington Free Beacon] [Photo courtesy AP/Mark J. Terrill via PolitiFact]