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Racicot to leave post at RNC to move to Bush 2004 campaign (Ed Gillespie to replace him)
AP ^ | 5-5-03 | RON FOURNIER

Posted on 05/05/2003 3:46:54 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:42:24 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Republican National Committee chairman Marc Racicot is expected to become chairman of President Bush's re-election campaign and the leading candidate to replace him as party leader is Washington lobbyist Ed Gillespie.

Racicot, the former Montana governor who was one of Bush's more forceful advocates during the 2000 Florida recount, could assume the campaign post as early as July when the Republican National Committee meets for its midyear meeting, said several Republican sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: edgillespie; gwb2004; marcracicot; regimechange; rnc
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1 posted on 05/05/2003 3:46:55 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative
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To: GraniteStateConservative

2 posted on 05/05/2003 3:49:14 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I would much rather have preferred either Reed or Newt in this post, Reed has a lot of potential and is an awesome strategy guy in the Lee Atwater mold, with alot of Karl Rove thinking to go with it, while Newt, may not be the best politician, but he's a good pundit, a skilled debater and an excellent strategy guy for geting the base to come out and appealing on "kitchen table issues".
3 posted on 05/05/2003 3:51:00 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant".)
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To: GraniteStateConservative

EDWARD W. GILLESPIE


Edward GillespieEd Gillespie is a founder and principal of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a bipartisan public affairs firm that provides strategic advice, public relations services, and government representation to corporations, trade associations and issue-based coalitions.

Though only three years old, QGA has been ranked by both Influence and National Journal magazines as being among the top 10 most influential firms in Washington. Its client roster boasts major corporations like Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Daimler-Chrysler, Citigroup and Sony, and includes powerful trade associations like the American Hospital Association, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the National Association of Realtors.

Gillespie is one of the most prominent and successful strategists in the Republican Party. In 2002, he was general strategist for Elizabeth Dole’s senate campaign in North Carolina, in which Dole garnered the biggest margin of victory of any Senate candidate in the state in over 25 years. Dole and former Clinton chief-of-staff Erskine Bowles combined to wage the most expensive senate race in the country last year, and the Dole campaign has been cited by numerous political analysts as one of the best of the election cycle.

Gillespie’s political work on behalf of President George W. Bush is well known, ranging from his management of the highly regarded convention program in Philadelphia in the summer of 2000 to his service as senior communications advisor in Austin to his aggressive spokesman role during the historic recount in Florida, to serving as communications director for the President’s inauguration in January of 2001.

In 1996, Gillespie served as Director of Communications and Congressional Affairs for the Republican National Committee under then Chairman Haley Barbour. Prior to that, he served for over a decade as a top aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX). He was a principal drafter of the now famous “Contract with America,” which in 1994 swept Republicans to control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Gillespie edited the paperback book Contract with America, which climbed to number two on the New York Times’ bestseller’s list in February 1995.

The 41-year-old New Jersey native is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While at CUA, he began his career on Capitol Hill as a Senate parking lot attendant. He is married to the former Cathy Hay, executive director of U.S. Rep. Joe Barton’s political action committee (the Texas Freedom Fund). The two met playing softball in the Capitol Hill League. They have three children: John Patrick, Carrie and Mollie Brigid.

Before forming QGA with former Clinton White House Counsel Jack Quinn, Gillespie was President and CEO of Policy Impact Communications.


4 posted on 05/05/2003 3:51:40 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: Sonny M
Reed definitely wants the job. Newt is on the WH sh!t list for attacking Powell-- and by proxy, Bush himself-- over the diplomatic failures. The odd thing to me is that RNC co-chair Ann Wagner was passed over. I believe she is the current MO-GOP chair and MO's GOP is in pretty good shape.


5 posted on 05/05/2003 3:55:05 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I don't know this fellow myself, but who is in charge of appointing these people. Should it be the RNC Members?
6 posted on 05/05/2003 4:02:18 PM PDT by rs79bm
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To: rs79bm
It sort of is-- but they vote the way the puppeteers say to vote (Bush, Rove, etc.).
7 posted on 05/05/2003 4:03:46 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: rs79bm
Nice enough guy, worked for Dick Armey. He's real boring, however, and he HAS NO CHIN. It's distracting.
8 posted on 05/05/2003 4:13:51 PM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: M. Thatcher
Chin or no chin, I absolutely LOVE Gillespie!
9 posted on 05/05/2003 4:16:30 PM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Racicot is a good guy, an inclusive, liberty-minded man... the more influence he has, the better.
10 posted on 05/05/2003 4:16:36 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: LurkerNoMore!
Too nice.
11 posted on 05/05/2003 4:18:51 PM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: xm177e2
Yeah, especially after he courted the rabble rouses at the "Human Rights" campaign; just what we Republicans need.
12 posted on 05/05/2003 4:21:39 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: Sonny M
Reed should (will?) be a major player in the 2004 campaign. I hope he gets a lot more airtime this time around. He's terrific!
13 posted on 05/05/2003 4:21:48 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: M. Thatcher
I dunno.... I've seen him hold his own pretty well. Maybe Celinda(?) Lake just made it appear that way.
14 posted on 05/05/2003 4:25:41 PM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Bring back Haley Barbour. His image can be rehabilitated in short order. Haley was the most effective RNC leader in decades.

Bring back Haley.

15 posted on 05/05/2003 4:47:27 PM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: GraniteStateConservative
The first problem he may have to solve is how to get W on the ballot in those states which have ballot candidate deadlines prior to the September 2004 Republican convention.
16 posted on 05/05/2003 5:09:35 PM PDT by CedarDave (The number of Saddam sightings is rapidly approaching those of Elvis!)
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To: savedbygrace
He will be Governor of Mississippi.
17 posted on 05/05/2003 5:34:54 PM PDT by republicanwizard
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I'm not so sure, if newt was really talking out of school to be honest with you. The fact is, he is on the defense policy board, and works closely with Rumsfeld on policy.
18 posted on 05/05/2003 5:55:07 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant".)
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To: xm177e2
So good that he didn't bother to take down the horrid idiot Max Baucus when he was needed.
19 posted on 05/05/2003 6:02:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~Remember, it's not sporting to fire at RINO until charging~)
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To: Miss Marple; PhiKapMom; Howlin; dittomom
fyi
20 posted on 05/05/2003 6:08:26 PM PDT by kayak (Pray for President Bush, our troops, and our nation!)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I thought J.C. Watts was suppose to be in on this.
21 posted on 05/05/2003 6:33:21 PM PDT by Contra
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To: republicanwizard
But we need him. Can't Mississippi wait?
22 posted on 05/05/2003 6:53:42 PM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: Contra
If Senator Nickles retires from the US Senate, J.C. will probably run for Oklahoma Senate!
23 posted on 05/05/2003 6:54:02 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: Sonny M
You don't want Newt -- too devisive and too much of a lightening rod not to mention he cannot keep his mouth shut when he should!
24 posted on 05/05/2003 6:55:03 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Hmmmm...Racicot is still to be in a position of great authority...which from my perspective is a victory for the forces who would have us sounding and governing like Democrats. A recipe for a dispirited base to some extent--one that just as easily could be highly motivated.

Ed Gillespie is an apparatchik...a pretty capable one, but we'll see...
25 posted on 05/05/2003 7:01:19 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: savedbygrace
Only Tom Ridge at the helm of the PA GOP could have saved us from Ed Rendell, but America needed him.
26 posted on 05/05/2003 7:03:53 PM PDT by republicanwizard
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To: EternalVigilance; All
The following is the original title of this AP article. It is not a done deal yet. I wondered when I saw the headline because that is not the headline I got in my email. I went and checked the link and the following is the title of the article:

Party leader Racicot expected to move to Bush's re-election campaign

27 posted on 05/05/2003 7:15:23 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: GraniteStateConservative; Admin Moderator
Why did you change the title of the article when this is NOT a done deal? No decision has been made!

Original Title at the Link you posted:

Party leader Racicot expected to move to Bush's re-election campaign



28 posted on 05/05/2003 7:16:34 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Anything that allows for more Marc Racicot visuals is fine by me. Smooth, smart, vigorous and fit; he's a major league turn on.
29 posted on 05/05/2003 7:31:42 PM PDT by AlbionGirl (A kite flies highest against the wind, not with it. - Winston Churchill)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
This might make me very happy. Hmmm...
30 posted on 05/05/2003 7:39:52 PM PDT by RAT Patrol (Congress can give one American a dollar only by first taking it away from another American. -W.W.)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Yes, she is; and yes, the Republican party here (MO) is doing OK.

However, we have a Democratic governor who is up for re-election in '04, and both houses of the state legislature have "slight" Republican majorities. We need Ann to help us retain the legislature and regain the Governor's mansion.

31 posted on 05/05/2003 7:46:14 PM PDT by Prov3456
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I like Casper Wineburger for this position.
32 posted on 05/05/2003 8:07:47 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
GOOD RIDDANCE RATICOT, YOU SOB.

What a waste of a tenure. Tell us again Marc how coddling to gays was more important than defeating Max Baucus and adding to the slim GOP Senate majority, which polls show he would have done by 15 percentage pts. Go ahead Raticot, we're curious.

33 posted on 05/05/2003 8:14:06 PM PDT by montag813
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To: M. Thatcher
he HAS NO CHIN ...

This'll make it tough winning the Chinese-American vote. :-)
34 posted on 05/05/2003 8:26:37 PM PDT by WOSG (Free Iraq! Free Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Tibet, China...)
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To: ConservativeMan55
"I like Casper Wineburger for this position."

He's a wee bit old, don't ya think ?

35 posted on 05/05/2003 8:27:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~Remember, it's not sporting to fire at RINO until charging~)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Marc Racicot was a smart choice, coming at the right time. Ed Gillespie is another solid pick, who understands the in`s and out`s of politics and public diplomacy. As PresBush and the GOP enter into the reelection campaign and onto the general election phase, Gillespie's experience will be put to good use.
36 posted on 05/05/2003 9:04:16 PM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: fieldmarshaldj
An oldie but a goodie. :)
37 posted on 05/05/2003 9:21:46 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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To: ConservativeMan55
As I recall, Weinberger was a fairly RINOish former Assemblyman from CA (and not just anywhere, but about the last Republican ever elected from San Francisco) before ascending to the cabinet. If I could pick anyone, it would be the late great Lee Atwater.
38 posted on 05/05/2003 9:38:37 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~Remember, it's not sporting to fire at RINO until charging~)
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To: EternalVigilance
Hmmmm...Racicot is still to be in a position of great authority...which from my perspective is a victory for the forces who would have us sounding and governing like Democrats. A recipe for a dispirited base to some extent--one that just as easily could be highly motivated.

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Very astute of you.

GWB is NO conservative.
39 posted on 05/05/2003 9:49:59 PM PDT by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: LurkerNoMore!
"I dunno.... I've seen him hold his own pretty well. Maybe Celinda(?) Lake just made it appear that way. "

You got the wrong ED :)

40 posted on 05/06/2003 12:02:59 AM PDT by america-rules (I'm one proud American right now !)
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To: montag813
Ditto!

Is a percentage point from the log cabins worth alienating your base, Marc? You're an idiot!
41 posted on 05/06/2003 12:37:40 AM PDT by Rockitz (After all these years, it's still rocket science.)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
First, Racicot was one of the most eloquent spokespersons either political party has had in the recent past. Very smooth, extremely convincing, and eminently reasonable. By and large, the GOP has these semi-articulate jokers who can't hold their own with their Democrat counterparts. Which brings me to Gillepie. I have not been impressed with this guy from whatever I've seen and read of him. He seems fine as a behind-the-scenes power-broker but we need a charismatic, effective spokesperson. That person would be Ralph Reed.
42 posted on 05/06/2003 1:12:09 AM PDT by jagrmeister
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To: Rockitz
And Marc conceded what to the Log Cabin Republicans? Nothing. That's right. You're getting worked up for no good reason. Racicot handed McAulliffe's a** to him in the debates they had. He is a definite keeper.
43 posted on 05/06/2003 1:13:29 AM PDT by jagrmeister
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To: montag813
Gosh, you are really clueless. The RNC under Racicot bucked historical trends that consistently showed the party out of power wins seats in the President's first midterm election. To regain control of the Senate was a historic achievement and allowed Bush to regain control over his domestic agenda.

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The last time that the party in power gained House seats during the President's first midterm election was 1934.

Avg. loss of Senate seats for party in power during midterm elections: 4 seats.
44 posted on 05/06/2003 1:19:23 AM PDT by jagrmeister
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To: PhiKapMom
Because I wanted to put Gillespie's name in the title (and add the word RNC) so that people could search for his name or Racicot's and get the article-- and thus not post a duplicate. I couldn't do that and keep the original title because there is a character limit to FR thread titles. Besides, I found out about this from the CNBC/MSNBC crawl and the crawl makes it look more definitive-- maybe their sources have confirmed this. NBC News has great sources.
45 posted on 05/06/2003 5:15:30 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: Contra
Why would you think that? He's publicly feuded with Bush over defense appropriations. I have no doubt that Bush would support Watts should he replace a retiring Nickles in OK, but he's not going to be chosen as VP to replace a retiring Cheney or become chair of the RNC. Those jobs go to friends of Bush.
46 posted on 05/06/2003 5:18:02 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: Sonny M
This isn't rocket science. He basicly said that it was stupid to wait for weeks and weeks with the UN. That was a decision made by Bush (after consultations with Blair and Powell, mostly) and it allowed us an opportunity to try to get what we wanted from Turkey-- which never happened, but we needed the time to try. These people that suggest we were ready to go in last fall are silly. We needed every day that we had. We even went in earlier than we expected because of the "target of opportunity." It is true that Newt serves on that board, but it's not true that Bush approved his speech before it was given. For that reason, it was the wrong thing to do-- or at the very least, Newt should expect to deal with the consequences of his actions.
47 posted on 05/06/2003 5:22:55 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Casper was on Hannity and Colmes last week. He looked refreshed and vibrant. He did sounded very firm in his beliefs as well.
48 posted on 05/06/2003 7:19:28 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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To: ConservativeMan55
"He did sounded very firm in his beliefs as well."

Oh great! I'll never live this double negative down!!!
49 posted on 05/06/2003 7:21:21 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Have we become a nation of DUMBIES????
50 posted on 05/06/2003 7:22:22 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Boycott Smuckers Jelly ! ! ! ! !)
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