Tim Mak reports that, in a letter to RNC members, Speaker of the House John Boehner has endorsed Maria Cino:

I respect that the choice of RNC Chairman is yours alone to make.  But having spent the last two years traveling the country to meet with activists, candidates, donors and voters to help elect Republicans, I hope you will permit me to make some observations about that choice… I have worked closely with Maria for almost twenty years, during which time she turned around the NRCC to usher in the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years.  She served as CEO of the 2008 National Convention, which I chaired, and made it into one of the most successful in party history.  I have learned firsthand that she is an unparalleled fundraiser and a very efficient manager of resources.  She’s also exceptionally politically savvy and knows what it takes to win.

As a veteran GOP operative, Cino has no shortage of friends in the GOP establishment, but she has been dogged by the fact that she gave money to and sat on the board of the pro-abortion GOP political action committee WISH List. Here's how Cino defended her involvement in the group in an interview with the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List: 

 There have been conversations about your leadership with WISH List.  Could you give your perspective on why you were involved in WISH List and how you feel about it now?  In 1993 I had the honor of being appointed by Bill Paxton as Executive Director of the NRCC.  It was an honor because I had been an intern at that committee.  The NRCC in ’93, we actually talked about bankruptcy, which was unheard of, but we were in pretty rough shape.  We had just lost the White House … we lost the Senate, and nobody ever believed that the House would be Republican….that being said, not a lot of people gave money to the NRCC, as a matter of fact we were able to count the envelopes ourselves, and many of the members involved or tangentially involved with WISH were very, very generous to the NRCC.  They helped raise money, they gave us money, and they never asked how that money was going to be used.  Because of their efforts and financial resources.  For the first time in 42 years we elected a Republican majority, we also elected a pro-life speaker.   In 1997, they asked me to help them.  I told them that I was pro-life, they understood that….My involvement with WISH was plain and simple, to use WISH as a vehicle against EMILYS List to elect Republican women.  After a year, it became clear to me that unlike the 80’s and 90’s, we had a lot of pro-life women that were now running.  And we needed to get more women to run.  I started VIEW PAC, which was a PAC that allowed us to give to pro-life women running for congress.  We are still in existence and continue to work to get pro-life women elected, in fact this last cycle we maxed out to people like Martha Roby, Ann Marie Buerkle, and Kelly Ayotte.  So I moved from WISH LIST because I felt like I needed a vehicle to help many of the pro-life women running for Congress. WISH List being a strictly pro-choice engine for Republican women is partisan, Susan B. Anthony list, which is non-partisan was brought about to counter such organizations as WISH.  What then made you set aside your deep pro-life conviction to help WISH? I didn’t look at it as a pro-choice or pro-life organization.  I have been committed for the last 20-some odd years to electing Republican women.  Our numbers were abominable; we had about 10% Republican women in the US House of Representatives.  Democrats had about 30-40%.  I looked at it from a standpoint of electing women, and remember, the times were a little different then, many of the women were pro-choice.   What we were able to do over the years, was get more conservative, pro-life women to run than ever before.  I realized we needed to provide a mechanism for them and left WISH List to do that very thing, to provide the mechanism for women to run as pro-life candidates and recruit them to run.  We had historic elections this past time for women, pro-life Republican women.