Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Personal Aside: Kjellander Lands a Big Fish.
Republican National Committeeman Bob Kjellander, also secretary of the Republican National Committee, has not only refused to accept the State Central Committees vote asking him to resign but has landed a big fish, as Illinois chairman of the presidential campaign of a leading candidate for the 2008 presidential nomination, Mitt Romney.
Always enterprising, Kjellander has been shopping for a presidential candidate. He was all set to go with John McCain until somebody with Illinois expertise warned McCain off. The Romney people havent been at this presidential stuff for very longbut they think that having a powerful fund-raiser and national treasurer of the GOP is a prime asset. Fund-raising is the name of the game, right now. And Kjellander is good at it. With all the hubbub, being associated with him didnt hurt George W. Bush or Karl Rove any. In Kjellanders mind, criticism of him comes unfairly--because the `06 race went badly and hes been forthright in saying hes been made the Baar-Topinka goat by a group of far-right zealots who want to take over the party.
Well see how well Romney does as he structures his Illinois committee around the national committeeman and national GOP treasurer.