Carly Fiorina's upcoming cross-country tour and frequent correspondence with state-level GOP officials is fueling speculation that she could soon launch a bid to be the next chair of the Republican National Committee.
According to multiple reports, Fiorina and her team have communicated to party chairs in a dozen or so states that the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive is eager to assist them in "any way" as Republicans face a tough electoral year and a presidential nominee who continues to find himself at the center of controversy.
"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 [state] this fall," Fiorina adviser Deidre Almstead recently wrote to a handful of state party leaders, according to Time.
In addition to her team's outreach, Fiorina herself is slated to co-host an economic policy discussion in battleground Virginia later this month with former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie, who is a candidate for governor in the Old Dominion.
She also reportedly plans to attend a campaign event with Republican Congressman Mike Coffman in Colorado, who recently launched a campaign ad in which he vowed to stand up to Donald Trump.
If Trump wins in November, existing RNC chairman Reince Priebus would either remain in the post or work with Trump to choose his successor. But if the billionaire businessman suffers defeat, all 168 members of the RNC will vote to select the committee's next chair. Priebus, who is already the longest-serving chairman, has declined to close the door on running for a fourth two-year term.
Should the latter scenario unfold, Fiorina would likely be in a good position to secure members' support for a bid. The erstwhile California Senate candidate has reportedly already reached out to GOP leaders in a handful of battleground states and U.S. territories.
A spokeswoman for Fiorina did not return the Washington Examiner's request for comment.