Michael Steele to seek a 2nd term as RNC Chair

Posted by: ST on December 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Fox News has the scoop:

Controversial Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who last month presided over the GOP’s biggest electoral gains since 1938, announced Monday night that he is running for re-election.

Ending weeks of rumors that he would not seek a second term, Steele publicly threw his hat into the ring during a conference call with RNC members at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Steele is said to be amused by false reports of his retirement and intentionally kept his plans secret for the last month in order to flush out competitors for the post, Fox has learned.

During Steele’s tenure, Republicans picked up 63 House seats in last month’s elections, the biggest gain in more than seven decades. But Steele has been dogged by criticism from some Republicans who see him as prone to missteps.

It’s not merely “missteps” but rather an insane appetite for insulting the very people from whom he wants to raise money (examples here, here, and here), not to mention his defeatist attitude towards Afghanistan, among other things. What a shame for someone once widely considered by many conservatives – including yours truly – as having the potential to go far within the party via advancing conservative ideals on a national stage.

Fox also reported on possible competition for Steele in the weeks ahead:

Among those who have officially announced they are in the race are Saul Anuzis, a committee member from Michigan who ran and lost to Steele in 2009, and Reince Priebus of Wisconsin, a former member of Steele’s inner circle, along with former Luxembourg Ambassador Anne Wagner

Former RNC Political Director under Steele Gentry Collins and Maria Cino, a former Bush administration official are also both flirting with a run.

Frankly, I don’t know much about anyone mentioned above; I just know that Steele needs to be shown the door. While it’s true we gained 63 seats in the House under his watch, those wins really had very little to do with him and instead had mostly to do with the American people’s growing disgust with the uber-liberal agenda of the Obama administration.

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11 Responses to “Michael Steele to seek a 2nd term as RNC Chair”


  1. Zilla says:

    I agree with you, I don’t see how Steele has served any useful purpose to the GOP at all, he’s dead weight.

  2. thomas mc donnell says:

    steele has been such a good chairman no one wants to donate any money to the republican party. republican candidates can get money but the republican party no.

  3. Kate says:

    I can’t see that he truly has a right to take credit for the up tick in Republican seats….we all know it was the Tea Party Movement that appealed to more independents and Republicans than any party activity. So this guy should bow out gracefully and let a more “in tune” person take over the position. Politics make strange bedfellows, but you can’t turn you back on basic principles. Republicans need a new Ronald Reagan who can eloquently and intelligently persuade people to consider and then support monetarily the positions of the Republican party. Steele has failed in both those areas.

  4. PE says:

    Who would the good Senator Jim DeMint like to see in this position? Note to the Republican Party: This Is A Test.

  5. Jack Deth says:

    Michael was a decent Lieutenant Governor of Maryland under Bob Ehrlich. Period.

    As an RNC Chair, he’s been God~Awful. :-w

    Steele has been a major reason I stopped contributing to the RNC and made direct contributions to those candidates I liked in the 2010 mid-terms. I imagine many others did as well. :d


  6. mike191 says:

    Since Mr. Steele can not obey the simple dictum of, stop spending, Iam “amused” about him being a viable Republican Leader.

  7. Carlos says:

    When elected to the post, Mr. Steele’s main competition was Ken Blackwell. I believed then (and more so now) that they elected the wrong person.

    If those listed in this post are all “leadership” encouraged, I can’t see where any of them would be an improvement.

    Having had a chance to explore much better who Ken Blackwell is, I’d say give him the chance to prove himself. He fits the description of a conservative much better, and one might even say that he’s much more a “traditional” Republican (as opposed to the semi-soft socialists the Republican “leaders” want now).

  8. david foster says:

    For several months this year, I received about 10-15 pounds a week of political direct mail material, most of it from Republican organizations. And the vast bulk of it was, strictly from a marketing standpoint, awful.

    Something is very wrong in the approach to marketing–which is, after all their primary function–being taken by the RNC and other Republican organizations.

  9. tonynoboloney says:

    Michael Steele and the GOP had absolutely nothing to do with the Republican victory this year. We are all aware it was brought about by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.

    We must not allow the Republican establishment to hijack this momentum. The first place to start is in replacing Mr. Steele.

  10. bill glass says:

    Steele is calling their bluff, and he will win.