Conservative Ken Cuccinelli wants to remake the Republican National Committee, giving the members more power and the chairman less power.
Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a prominent conservative and expert on the complexities of the party convention process, has begun pitching GOP delegates on a proposal that would have far-reaching consequences for the party. The idea: strip the Republican National Committee chair of power and decentralize control of the party apparatus, handing it over to the 168 RNC members who compose the national party. The package, according to three sources who’ve been briefed on the matter, would also aim to diminish the overall power of the RNC and empower grass-roots conservatives in future party nominations. Under the concept, for example, the RNC chair would lose the power to appoint powerful party officers.
Cuccinelli was a top aide to Ted Cruz in his campaign for President. He is now involved in Cruz Super PAC. Some believe Cuccinelli wants to change the party structure in a way that could help Cruz in a 2020 quest for the Presidency. That sounds a bit far fetched to me. Cuccinelli has always supported the grassroots. It’s more likely he’s doing this in an effort to organize the Republican party from the grassroots up, rather than the top down.
While Ken Cuccinelli is the chairman of the Virginia delegation at the National Convention, he is not on the rules committee. He will need Morton Blackwell to present his ideas for a new party structure when the rules committee meets at the convention. Blackwell has wanted a change in the RNC for a long time.
“More power in our party should flow from the bottom up.”
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