Former Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins dropped his bid to become chairman of the RNC Sunday night, explaining in an interview that members of the committee preferred to have one of their own lead the party.
Collins won the support of only three members of the 168-member committee and it was clear that he faced long odds heading into the final weeks before the party holds its vote for chairman.
The Iowa native resigned from his post in November with a scathing resignation letter in which he laid out the committee’s financial troubles in such stark terms so as to badly damage any chance embattled Chairman Michael Steele had for being re-elected. But the blast also damaged Collins’ own hopes for taking over the top job as his subsequent candidacy raised questions about his motivation in hammering the chairman.
Collins, however, said he didn’t regret his decision to quit in such spectacular fashion.
“There were not many members who had seen what I had seen at the committee,” he told POLITICO. “If that had a cost, it had a cost.”