The RNC's Affirmative Action

by Chris Bodenner

No, not Steele. Indiana GOP Committeeman James Bopp emails Ben Smith with a little-known fact:

Our rules require the co-chairman to be of a different sex than the chairman. If a woman is elected chairman, then it must be a man. Right now, 2 women are running for co-chair. Both are well-respected. They will be cut out if a woman is elected chairman. Thus, this puts pressure on the supporters of the two women candidates for co-chair to support a man for chairman, disadvantaging a woman for chairman, i.e. Ann [Wagner] and Maria [Cino].

To his credit, Bopp calls this gender requirement "unfair".  (The current co-chair is Jan Larimer, by the way.)