Priebus considers running for fourth term as RNC chairman
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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus faces an uncertain future after the November election.

In an interview with The Hill at RNC headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, the three-term RNC chairman outlined a handful of scenarios that could unfold for him after the election.

He might run for a fourth term irrespective of who wins the White House. Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE could become president and ask him to stay on for a transitional period to pave the way for a new chairman, or he might move on.


When The Hill asked Priebus directly if he intends to run for a fourth term, he responded: “It’s possible, but I’m not going to figure that out until the week after the election. But it’s possible.”

He acknowledged that if Trump wins the White House and asks him to stay on, it would “be a difficult thing to say no to.”

“Perhaps it will be a situation where he would want me to stick around for a short period of time to help someone else learn the ropes,” Priebus said. “I spent six years working with the people that have funded our operation and those relationships take time. So it’s possible some scenario could develop where I’d stay here. It’s possible I’d run again. It’s not something I’m thinking about or plotting.”

In 2015, RNC members overwhelmingly elected Priebus to a third term, making him the longest-serving chairman in party history. Voting will take place in January. Trump, whether elected president or not, could play a role in guiding the committee, but the decision is ultimately up to members. 

Priebus has been credited with pulling the national party out of debt and onto firmer financial ground.

He has focused heavily on getting the party up to speed with Democrats on the digital front and has made outreach to women and minorities a priority. 


But 2016 has been a turbulent cycle for Priebus and the RNC — Trump’s candidacy has exposed deep divisions within the party.

Priebus on Saturday mused about the difficulties of leading the GOP without the benefit of a Republican in the White House.

“It’s a long time for someone to be chairman of the party,” he said. “It’s different if you have a president in the White House for eight years and you’re just here, because you don’t really run. You’re anointed and it flows in and out. But running a party without the White House and having a very diverse party and keeping all of this together is a very difficult job, but something I’ve loved and feel blessed I was able to do.”