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GOP watch: Boehner makes call for Cino

Roll Call writes that John Boehner made at least one call on behalf of Maria Cino for RNC chair: “Boehner, a friend of Cino’s at least since she ran the National Republican Congressional Committee in the mid-1990s, previously said he wouldn’t endorse a candidate for RNC chairman.”

Former Bush official Bradley Blakeman has an op-ed on FoxNews.com with this headline: “Steele Does Not Have the Mettle To Remain As RNC Chair.” He writes, “Whoever is elected, one thing is sure and that is the RNC needs to re-group. The Party needs a top to bottom shake-up in staffing, financing, direction, purpose and leadership.”

The New York Times looks at life for Dick Cheney now. Cheney participated in a fundraiser for RNC chair candidate Maria Cino. “But for the most part, Mr. Cheney, 69, has put aside his public role as the fiery, combative political figure of the last two years, who seemed to relish every opportunity to engage in verbal jousting with President Obama… [F]amily members and friends paint a portrait of a man less focused on the day-to-day back-and-forth in Washington and one more interested in documenting his years of service in a memoir and navigating life with his new pump… Mr. Cheney, who has participated in some of the nation’s toughest decisions for decades, now faces a crucial one of his own: whether to seek a full heart transplant.” More: “But in the meantime, Mr. Cheney has begun resuming his old activities. Besides the Cino fund-raiser, he attended a round of holiday parties in Washington -- leaving whispers in his trail about his weight loss.”