Posted by Maggie Haberman, POLITICO
… and this one backed by House Minority Leader John Boehner?
A new name has cropped up in the growing list of potential candidates to challenge Michael Steele for his job as Republican National Committee chairman — Maria Cino, the former Bush administration official and deputy RNC chairwoman.
Multiple sources say CIno’s name has come into the mix and that she’s got support from Boehner — who many believe will be House Speaker after Tuesday — and, more specifically, his chief of staff, Barry Jackson, who is said to be a longtime friend of Cino.
It creates an interesting dynamic within the national GOP power centers, which are grinding as the potential opens up to consolidate forces after anticipated major wins on Tuesday across the country.
Cino didn’t respond to an e-mail, and aides to Boehner didn’t immediately respond to e-mails and calls for comment. If Cino decides to go for it, it could put Boehner in a potentially messy struggle at a time when the GOP’s message is going to be a move toward solidarity in the wake of triumph.
Also gaining steam in the Republican rumor mill is Reince Priebus, the Wisconsin GOP chairman and RNC general counsel, who’s a close Steele ally. Priebus, who also couldn’t be reached, is not believed to be planning to make a play for the top slot unless Steele decides he doesn’t want to run.
Henry Barbour, nephew of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (a former RNC head and the current RGA chairman) has also been floated.
So far, Steele is saying the contrary — making clear he’s running for reelection in January, when the committee members will pick a new chairman.
There are several other names of potential chairman candidates, among them former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who has made clear he’s interested in running and is likely, sources say, to move ahead with an effort.
UPDATE: Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said, referring to a D.C. fundraiser a few weeks ago at which Cino’s name came up, “Boehner was complimenting a good friend, not making any kind of immediate endorsement.”