Executive Director Kellie Ferguson is live at the RNC Chairman’s election and will be updating us through out the day.
The nominating speeches have begun. This morning Chip Salzman, Party Chair from Tennesse, has dropped out of the race. Not a single RNC member had committed to vote for him. Salzman had come under fire after releasing a racially charged song about President Obama. The race is now between Mike Duncan, the current chair; Michael Steele, former Lt. Gov. from MD; Saul Anuzis, state Party Chair from MI; Ken Blackwell, former Sec. of State in OH; and Katon Dawson, state Party Chair from SC.
The Committeeman from Oklahoma is offering the nominating speech for Ken Blackwell touting his ability to solidify the “base” rather than begin reaching out from broader appeal.
The Committeewoman from Maryland is nominating Michael Steele and focused on his winning record, ability to fundraise and lead.
The Committeeman from Iowa is nominating Mike Duncan, stating his ability to promote conservative values and an effort to reengage all Republicans to share our conservative principles.
National Committeeman from South Carolina nominated Kawton Dawson, touting his history as a lifelong Republican and his ability to inspire voters and rebuild a grassroots operation.
National Committeeman from Michigan nominated Saul Anuzis, praising his work to elect Republicans in MI and his understanding the technology needed to bring the party into the future.
Please check back as we continue to update you on the developments.