Eisenberg Will Become Top Republican Fundraiser
Lewis Eisenberg will soon take the reins as finance chair of the Republican National Committee, Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin reported on Thursday's "With All Due Respect."
The position lifts him–at least temporarily–out of the Republican presidential primary fray. Eisenberg, who has a private equity background and deep ties to New Jersey, would be a natural Chris Christie backer. But he also has strong relationships with Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. All three are weighing presidential bids.
Eisenberg said that wasn't why he accepted the RNC job but acknowledged his new position will help him sidestep choosing a candidate. "I consider myself a friend and great admirer of all three," he said. "And I think there's no doubt that having the three of them in the race would lift the quality and depth of discussion on critical issues."
The RNC position became available when Ray Washburne stepped down to raise money for a possible Christie presidential bid.
This will be Eisenberg's second tour of duty as the party's finance chair. He served in that role in 2002. He also was a finance co-chairman of Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and was Romney's Florida finance chairman. "Let's just say I've never been out of this realm for very long," Eisenberg said in a phone interview from San Diego, where he is attending the RNC conference.
Eisenberg is currently a senior advisor at the private equity firm KKR & Co. He will transition out of his KKR role as he steps up his work for the RNC, he said. "Reince Priebus and the RNC leadership has done an outstanding job, and I'm excited to help them on a winning path. "