North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory was not among those named to this year’s leadership team at the Republican Governors Association.
The team members were announced Wednesday, during the RGA’s annual convention in Orlando.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was named chairman and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley vice chairwoman.
They join 10 other governors to form the leadership team. There will be at least 33 Republican governors based on last week’s election results, but whether McCrory will join them is still up in the air until all the votes are counted.
Haley has been a close political ally of McCrory.
The State newspaper in South Carolina reported Wednesday that Haley is a contender for a position in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet.
The state’s lieutenant governor and former attorney general Henry McMaster told the newspaper he has been approached about becoming U.S. attorney. McMaster said members of Trump’s transition team have considered Haley as a Cabinet member. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tweeted that Haley is being considered for a post.
At least one North Carolina Democratic blogger has speculated McCrory might also have a future in the Trump administration but there are no outward signs that it’s true. The governor’s office did not respond to an inquiry about it.
McCrory completes his first term in office this year. Attorney General Roy Cooper is about 5,000 votes ahead of him but provisional and absentee ballots are still being counted.
The RGA contributed heavily to McCrory’s election and re-election campaigns, buying a number of TV ads.