I flew into DC on Wednesday and took a taxi to the fabulous Gaylord National Hotel overlooking the Potomac in Maryland. This place is breathtaking and like its own little city on the National Harbor.
By the time I arrived the opening reception was in full swing. Almost immediately I was introduced to most of the contenders running for RNC Chair. The race for RNC Chair obviously gets the most attention but there are other positions as well that are up for grabs (or should I say votes) - Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. With multiple candidates running for each office the evening was all about competing for the votes of the RNC membership. Since I'm not a voting member I was under no pressure so I could just stand back and observe the action. Fascinating, to say the least.
There are five candidates vying for the chairmanship of the RNC: Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, Saul Anuzis, Maria Cino, Ann Wagner and incumbent RNC chairman Michael Steele.
The late evening included moving from room to room as many of the candidates hosted private receptions. Speaker Boehner hosted a reception for his favorite candidate, Maria Cino. It's an oft used clique but this man is seriously very down to earth. John Boehner is personable and unassuming, which is amazing for someone who is third in line to the presidency. He is tan (yes, very!), trim and bouyant with a certain roughness that must come from his Ohio blue collar upbringing.
John and I commiserated about Washington's 2nd Congressional District not sending John Koster back to DC as our next Congressman.
We visited with Saul Anuzis at his reception and enjoyed hearing his compelling life story as the son of Lithuanian immigrants who hid Jews during WWII. I would be very happy with this capable man at the helm of the RNC. He is also a twitter bug and we compared notes about hashtags and other hot topics. Saul is a former state Republican chair from the state of Michigan.