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January 2nd, 2011

Gentry Collins Ends RNC Chair Campaign

According to various media reports, Gentry Collins has ended his campaign to be RNC Chairman.  While Collins earned a lot of media attention with his very public resignation as the RNC’s political director, his bid to be Michael Steel’s replacement never took off.  In fact, he only had the support of handful RNC members.

Below is Collins’ announcement that he is ending his bid for RNC Chair.

On November 16th, I made the difficult decision to resign as National Political Director of the RNC. My resignation letter put forward concrete facts about the financial condition of the RNC in blunt terms, and it resonated with members of the Committee. In it, I called for a change in leadership at the RNC and since then what I revealed to Committee Members has been validated. As it turns out, I believe that the memo has been a game-changer for Chairman Steele’s re-election prospects.

Many encouraged me to enter the race and I did so to ensure that there were serious alternatives members could look to for new leadership. As I said in my announcement letter, my loyalty was and will always be to the Republican Party and not to any one individual. During the last month and a half, I have spent my time traveling to 20 states and meeting with many members of the RNC talking about change in leadership at the RNC and how to get it back on solid financial footing. I entered this race to make sure there was a credible alternative to Michael Steele and have said from day one I will not get in the way of electing new leadership at the RNC.

It is after much consideration and thought that I announce my withdrawal from the race for Chairman of the RNC. I believe that there are several qualified candidates in the race for Chairman, each of whom would do a fine job leading the committee through the 2012 Election cycle. We have a huge task in front of us. We must retain the majority in the House, we must gain a majority in the Senate and most importantly we must defeat Barack Obama, his policies and his ideology in 2012. I am confident that the members of the Republican National Committee will make the right decision on January 14th and I stand ready to help in any way I can to make sure the RNC is returned once again to its status as the flagship committee in our Party.

I want to thank the members who have supported me, both publicly and privately in this endeavor and throughout my tenure at the RNC. I also appreciate the advice and support of so many friends and family throughout this effort. My thanks and appreciation as well for the good men and women seeking to replace Chairman Steele. Ann, Maria, Reince, and Saul are all outstanding candidates, and any of them would move the committee in a positive direction.

Best regards,

Gentry Collins

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Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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