GOP governors broach Haley about RNC chairmanship

group of Republican governors today suggested to Haley Barbour that he reprise his role as RNC chair, but the Mississippi governor demurred.

The idea came in a private meeting this afternoon in Barbour’s hotel suite in Miami, where a group of GOP governors gathered in between public sessions at the RGA.

A source in the room said that Barbour quickly knocked down the idea, citing his commitment to Mississippi.

Barbour served as RNC chairman from 1993-1997, overseeing the party’s capture of Congress in 1994.

The conversation was a casual one, with the governors discussing some of the possibilities that have emerged to take over the party. The election, to be decided by the RNC’s state chairs and national committeemen and women, won’t take place until the party meets in Washington in January.