Mike Duncan Makes Republican Party Chairman Re-Election Bid Official
by Steven Ertelt
December 10, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The election of a new Republican Party chairman is the first step to reorganizing the effort to recapture the White House and replace incoming president Barack Obama with a pro-life president. Mike Duncan was the head of the party’s 2008 efforts and he wants another chance.
Duncan, a pro-life attorney hailing from Kentucky, was selected by President Bush to serve as the head of the GOP.
While Duncan has the advantage of incumbency and the ability to tout record fund-raising numbers for the 2008 presidential election, he also is seen as tied-in with the Bush administration and is associated with the presidential election loss.
The 168 members of the Republican National Committee will decide on the next chairman in January and Duncan confirmed in an email to The Hill, a Congressional publication, that he is seeking another term.
Duncan has also been criticized for his lack of communication skills and, until recently, was rarely seen on national television shows.
However, he has shown up more frequently of late and is credited with helping engineer the victories of pro-life Congressional candidates in Louisiana and pro-life Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Georgia.
"All of these victories have a lot of fathers, and we’re just happy to be a part of it," Duncan told The Hill.
Though Duncan is a serious candidate for the top GOP post he faces serious challengers.
South Carolina party Chairman Katon Dawson, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and ex-Tennessee Party chief Chip Saltsman are all in the running as is Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis.
Each of the candidates takes a pro-life view on abortion so it appears likely that the GOP will continue in its pro-life direction against a Democratic Party that put its rubber stamp on Barack Obama’s pro-abortion position.
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