Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus isn't going anywhere right now — he's certainly not in danger or being forced to resign like former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was.
But when the time comes for Priebus to step aside, former GOP presidential hopeful and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina might be there — should Donald Trump lose the election.
Fiorina is currently touring the country helping down-ballot Republicans. This has also fueled speculation that she is looking to curry favor with the Republican National Committee in order to become its next chairwoman. Time magazine noted that a Fiorina adviser has been writing to state party chairs and RNC committeemen and women — the people who will elect Priebus' successor in January.
"The past few months Carly has been helping out with major races around the country, I know she is planning to reach out to your party chairman in the next week or so, just to touch base and see if there is any way she could be helpful to Republicans in the [Insert State or Territory] this Fall," the adviser wrote.
Notice there is nothing in this quote that actually mentions running for RNC chair. It's all speculation at this point. Other things, noted by Time Political Reporter Zeke Miller, that add fuel to speculation is Fiorina's outreach to U.S. territories, which aren't high on the priority list for the general election but can help when voting for chairman, and the simultaneous purchase of CarlyForChair.com and CarlyForRNC.com on July 14.
A domain lookup reveals ... not much. The registrant's name is private but apparently lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Priebus hasn't ruled out a fourth two-year term, but many insiders believe he just doesn't want speculation about his replacement to occur before the general election. Should he not run, Fiorina could be a great asset to the party.
That is, if this is what she is actually doing. She could just be reaching out to party leaders before coming into the state to campaign for candidates, like anyone else would do. The domain names could be a coincidence or purchased by a fan, who knows. A spokesperson for Fiorina declined to comment to the Washington Examiner.
A theoretical Fiorina run would also probably take place only if Trump loses the general election. Because if Trump wins, Miller wrote, the RNC would "defer to the wishes of the incumbent president."
Fiorina lifted her presidential campaign from obscurity after a superb performance in the first undercard debate. By the time she dropped out, she was back in the lower debate. After she dropped out, she spent a weekend as Sen. Ted Cruz's potential running mate had he won the GOP nomination — which he didn't.
She had also previously run for senate in California, but lost to incumbent Barbara Boxer.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.