It's being reported that Fox News Contributor Mercedes Schlapp is being discussed by advisers close to President-elect Donald Trump to potentially take over the mantle of the Republican National Committee when Reince Priebus moves into the White House in January as Trump's chief of staff.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Republican activists are cheering the possibility that Mercedes Schlapp, a Cuban-American Trump supporter and Fox analyst will replace Reince Priebus as head of the Republican National Committee.
Party insiders said Friday that she is now near or at the top of the list of candidates being pushed by the White House and Trump advisor Stephen Bannon.
Schlapp served in the George W. Bush administration, as did her husband Matt Schlapp, current head of the American Conservative Union, which holds the Conservative Political Action Conference every year in Washington, D.C. The two have a political business they run together.
GOP activists are reportedly excited by the prospect of Schlapp taking over as head of the RNC. From the Examiner:
"Wow. That would be awesome," said another activist who is also advising the Trump transition. "She is a super savvy Cuban woman from Miami. Great husband. Five daughters. Smart, tough, good speaker, big smile. Fluent in Espanol. Hell Yeah. Sign me up. And please not another 60-year-old white man," added the insider.
For her part, Schlapp is thoughtful and hasn't released an official statement, only responding to the rumors when asked about it by Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday:
"It's an honor to even be considered," Schlapp said. "Obviously that's a decision for the president-elect and the committee members [who] vote on the next RNC chairman. I have to say Reince Priebus and his team have done such an outstanding job...[he] has had one of the toughest jobs during the primary season and the fact that he's been abe to build out such a solid ground game for the party I think has been impressive...there's a lot of talent out there so we'll see what happens."