Todd Ricketts tapped to lead RNC fundraising after casino mogul resigned

February 1, 2018 GMT

Todd Ricketts, the brother of Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, is set to become the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Ricketts would replace Steve Wynn, a casino magnate who resigned Saturday after reports that he had engaged in multiple instances of sexual harassment.

Ricketts is a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. Todd and Pete’s parents, Joe and Marlene Ricketts, are top Republican donors nationwide. The finance chairman is the party’s head fundraiser.

“Todd will be great for the job,” Pete Ricketts said in a statement Tuesday after reports surfaced about RNC interest in his brother.

Todd Ricketts was President Donald Trump’s first pick to be deputy commerce secretary but withdrew his nomination in April, saying he couldn’t unwind his financial holdings to the satisfaction of the Office of Government Ethics. He was also a finalist last year to lead the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank.

Pete Ricketts also recently took a leadership role with the Republican Party — he was elected vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association last year.