by Jonathan Singer, Mon Aug 27, 2007 at 07:12:06 PM EDT
The respective heads of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, John Ensign and Tom Cole, are already having terrible trouble keeping up with their Democratic counterparts, both in terms of fundraising and recruitment. Now it looks like Rick Perry is poised to join their ranks of ineffectiveness as new head of the Republican Governors Association. The Rothenberg Political Report's Nathan Gonzales has the story over at Political Wire.
In a development not yet made public, knowledgeable Republicans say that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is likely to take over the Republican Governors Association in 2008. The move is significant because RGA Vice Chairman Matt Blunt (R) has been in line to become chairman next year. Governor Blunt is the son of U.S. House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R).
The reason for the change is clear: the Missouri Republican's own '08 reelection is in doubt, and he will need to spend all of his time and energy trying to win a second term. He faces state Attorney General Jay Nixon (D), a formidable foe. Perry isn't up for reelection again until 2010, which gives him more time to help the RGA with fundraising and candidate recruitment.
The Perry-for-Blunt switch is still pending official approval until the GOP governors' vote at their annual conference in November, but savvy observers expect the change to be accepted without controversy.
Perry is an interesting choise for this position. I suppose somebody had to claim the post this cycle. Last fall, Perry was reelected with just 39 percent of the vote -- the lowest percentage support for a victorious gubernatorial candidate since Jesse Ventura won Minnesota's governorship on the Reform Party ticket with 37 percent of the vote in 1998, and the lowest percentage support for a victorious gubernatorial reelection bid in recent memory. Perhaps Perry will be able to bring some of this winning spirit to his party's efforts to reclaim their majority of the nation's governorships this cycle, which they lost in 2006...