Wagner passes on NRCC bid, backs Stivers

Wagner passes on NRCC bid, backs Stivers
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Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) will not run to be the next chair of the House Republican campaign arm and instead is throwing her support behind Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio).

In a statement Thursday, Wagner said she had been humbled by colleagues encouraging her to run for chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
​"​Though we have had great success in electing conservative leaders to Congress, we must not allow Nancy Pelosi and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick Ron Johnson subpoenas documents from FBI director as part of Russia origins probe Juan Williams: Older voters won't forgive Trump for COVID MORE to diminish our gains," she said. 
"Based on my experience working with Rep. Stivers in House leadership and at the NRCC, I am confident that he will lead us forward and build upon the record breaking success that we have achieved under Chairman Greg Walden.​"​

Her decision sets up a two-way race between Stivers and Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Yoho apologizes for accosting AOC Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks: 'That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me' Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (R-Texas) to succeed Walden (R-Ore.) as NRCC chair. Walden is stepping down at the end of the year after wrapping up his second campaign cycle.

Williams, who owns a car dealership, has touted his past fundraising experience; he’s raised cash for people like former President George W. Bush and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Stivers is one of Walden’s three deputy NRCC chairmen. He leads the committee’s Patriot Program, which focuses on protecting Republicans in tough races.

Wagner, who also had a deputy role under Walden, is a Bush family loyalist and a former top Republican National Committee official.