The outgoing Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party says he will cast a vote for the new Republican National Chairman in January, despite stepping down shortly after that.
Doug Russell says he's spoken to most of the candidates for RNC chair, but so far remains uncommitted.
Tells The Notebook he's spoken with these candidates: Current RNC Chair Mike Duncan, Michigan G.O.P. Chair Saul Anuzis, South Carolina G.O.P. Chair Katon Dawson and GOPAC Chairman Michael Steele.
Also says he's had "communication with" Ohio's Ken Blackwell.
"They're all carrying very active campaigns, I will need to take a look and see where I need to go," Russell said. Added that he was willing to call a special meeting to accelerate the election of a new State Chair before year end, but thinks that is "not feasible" at this point.
Russell, Lance Beshore of Joplin and Ann Dickinson are expected to cast the Missouri G.O.P's 3 votes towards the National Chairmanship.
ON A NEW MISSOURI STATE CHAIR, RUSSELL PRAISES LLOYD SMITH WHILE DOWNPLAYING PETER KINDER SPECULATION
"The last time I talked to Peter, he wasn't intending on serving as Chair of the party," said Russell, noting that conversation with Kinder took place a few weeks ago.
Declined to name a frontrunner for the post, but when asked about Smith, said: "Lloyd is very highly regarded with all the Republicans I know. He's got a great deal of respect, as does David Cole. But I'm really not a part of that decision."
The election of a new Mo. State Chair will take place in February.