(WASHINGTON) -- Maria Cino, a veteran of the Bush administration who recently spent time out of government lobbying for the pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, officially kicked off her bid for chair of the Republican National Committee on Saturday.
Cino posted the announcement online in a letter to members of the committee. Cino tested the waters for more than a month as she contacted members of the RNC from around the country trying to drum up support for her bid.
She won the high-profile backing of several important GOP figures, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, former counselor to President George W. Bush, Ed Gillespie, among others.
Cino is entering what is shaping up to be an increasingly crowded field of candidates vying to replace current RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who has remained silent on whether he will seek another term. Also competing for the job are former Michigan RNC Chair Saul Anuzis, former Missouri GOP chair Ann Wagner, Wisconsin GOP chief Reince Priebus.
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