Documents filed November 9, 2010, with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office show that former RNC Political Director, Gentry Collins, had prepared and submitted the necessary paperwork to create a 527 group to advance himself as a candidate for RNC chairman while he was still employed by the RNC and serving current RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
Collins made news last week when he resigned his position, and in doing so, he leaked a scathing rebuke of Steele to the Politico, which was dated and published November 16, 2010. TheIowaRepublican.com called Collins’ behavior “self-serving and unnecessary,” since Collins took no responsibility in the shortcomings of the committee, and also spent the summer and fall singing the RNC’s praises, even in the area of fundraising, which was the focus of the criticism in his reproach of Steele.
Now that we can see that Collins had already made the decision to challenge Steele for the RNC chairmanship a more than a week before even resigning his position, his four-page diatribe can be analyzed differently. Collins and his supporters want him to be portrayed as loyal employee who felt compelled to blow the whistle on the inner workings of the RNC. In reality, Collins wasn’t sounding the alarm. He was simply undermining the very person who was responsible for giving him his position with the RNC in the first place.
The remarks of former Iowa Speaker of the House Chris Rants also were prophetic. Last week Rants said, “He [Collins] is a planner, and very methodical, so I have no doubt that he did not take this step lightly. When he sets his mind to something, he usually moves heaven and earth to make it happen.”
Little did we know that Brian Kennedy, a close confidant to Collins, had already incorporated “Collins for Chairman” back on November 9, 2010, well in advance of the November 16th resignation and Politico story.
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