Former Ambassador Ann Wagner Launches Bid For Republican National Committee Chair

Nov 29, 2010 10:03am

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

A former ambassador with deep roots in Republican politics announced her bid for Republican National Committee chair on Monday, becoming the second official candidate for the job.

“The RNC needs to be funded to its maximum obligations. We must be efficient, relevant, professional and credible,” Wagner said in an announcement video. “We must start immediately to erase past debt and to restore the confidence of our donor base. We must have these resources in order to take back the White House and complete the job that was started this year.”

Wagner’s resume is long on experience in top jobs in both national and state politics in Missouri where she lives. She previously served as co-chairman of the RNC, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party and chairman of Republican Roy Blunt's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. Wagner also served as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg during the George W. Bush administration from 2005 to 2009.

Wagner joins former Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis, who was the first official candidate for the job currently held by Michael Steele, who has not said whether he will seek another term.

Regardless of Steele’s decision, Wagner and Anuzis are likely to have more competition for the position. Former Long-time Republican operative Maria Cino and former RNC political director Gentry Collins have both signaled they are interested in running. Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, Connecticut Republican Party head Chris Healy and former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, are also said to be considering whether to seek the job.

Wagner has already set up a slick Web site, complete with sections titled “Vision” and “Agenda”, as well as a Twitter account to support her bid for chairman.

“Over the years, I have written and directed state party victory plans, raised the money to implement them, managed multi-million dollar budgets, worked effectively with candidates, delivered our conservative message through the media, hired talented professionals to help get the job done, and have always known that party success starts and ends with real people doing real work to make a real difference,” Wagner said in her announcement.

Watch her announcement video:

 

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