Paired with Carville

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

An en­thu­si­as­tic Maria Cino, pres­i­dent and CEO of the 2008 Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion, rushed back “home” from Min­neapo­lis to head­line the an­nual mem­ber­ship re­cep­tion of the Com­mon­wealth Repub­li­can Women’s Club (CRWC), held at the Alexan­dria Lyceum.

Miss Cino, a long­time Repub­li­can Party strate­gist who un­til re­cently was act­ing sec­re­tary of Trans­porta­tion, told the packed au­di­ence that she had al­ways claimed Buf­falo, N.Y., as her home un­til a re­cent visit by her mother, who pointed out that she has now spent half of her life in the Wash­ing­ton area, and it was time she called it “home.”

The GOP con­ven­tion chair­man said she was 12 years old when she got her start in pol­i­tics, knock­ing on doors in Buf­falo in sup­port of Repub­li­can can­di­dates. Not sur­pris­ingly, she grew up to be deputy chair­man and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, na­tional po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tor for Ge­orge W. Bush’s 2000 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Repub­li­can Con­gres­sional Com­mit­tee, and chief of staff to then-New York Rep. Bill Paxon.

When asked how to break through the Demo­cratic strong­hold in Alexan­dria, where there are cur­rently no elected Repub­li­cans, Miss Cino en­cour­aged CRWC’s mem­bers, led by pres­i­dent Les­lie An­der­son, to ei­ther keep knock­ing on doors, or else get as many Repub­li­can friends as pos­si­ble to move to the city.

Miss Cino said she per­son­ally tried that strat­egy by get­ting Repub­li­can oper­a­tive Mary Matalin to move next door to her in Old Town, which al­most worked, un­til her Demo­cratic hus­band, James Carville, came along, too.

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