Respected pro-life leader Jim Bopp, the legal counsel for the National Right to Life Committee and a key Republican attorney, has made an endorsement in the race for the Republican Party chairmanship.
Bopp, who has also represented Republican and conservative groups and is considered the foremost expert on both abortion and campaign finance law, is backing Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus, who is pro-life, for the key position.
The post is important because the new national Republican Party chairman will head the party’s fundraising and voter turnout efforts that could make the difference in the outcome of the race to defeat pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
In an email to fellow Republicans, Bopp wrote that Priebus “has successfully employed in Wisconsin and intends to implement in the RNC a leadership team approach, which I believe is vital for any Chairman’s success.”
“This means bringing together a top-notch group of RNC members and professionals … to guide the RNC’s activities,” he said.
A portion of the letter reads as follows:
I view our goal to elect a Chairman of the RNC who has the vision and skill set to maximize the effect of the RNC on the 2012 elections. A corollary goal is the defeat of Michael Steele, as he has demonstrated that he is not capable of accomplishing this goal.
Priebus certainly saw pro-life and Republican success in the November 2010 elections, where pro-life candidate Scott Walker won the gubernatorial race over pro-abortion Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and pro-life candidate Ron Johnson toppled incumbent pro-abortion Sen. Russ Feingold in one of the biggest upsets of the election cycle.
Bopp is a member of the Republican National Committee, the group of 168 GOP activists who will be responsible for selecting the next chairman, and he heads a conservative coalition of members of that body.
The National Journal indicates Bopp’s endorsement puts Priebus at 18 endorsements from the 168 members of the RNC, allowing him to have the most publicly declared support of any of the candidates.
Priebus is taking on current chairman Michael Steele as well as Saul Anuzis, a pro-life former Michigan Republican chairman and Gentry Collins, who served as RNC political director until last month when he resigned and issued a scathing report on Steele’s tenure and financial and fundraising problems.
Other candidates include Ann Wagner of Missouri, former co-chair of the RNC and Maria Cino, a longtime Republican official with ties to former President George W. Bush and who has the backing of RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie and former Vice President Dick Cheney.