February 3rd, 2009
05:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Steele announces transition team

(CNN) – Newly minted Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced his transition team Tuesday. The group is dominated by RNC members who backed the new leader during the election.

Steele also chose former rival Saul Anuzis, who endorsed him after withdrawing from the race, to be a part of the team. The group will start concentrating on gubernatorial and local elections right away, along with recruiting new candidates, building volunteer networks and forging relationships with local parties, according to a press release.

Co-chairs of Steele transition team include:

Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis

Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour

Illinois National Committeeman Pat Brady

Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer

Michigan National Committeewoman Holly Hughes

Northern Mariana Islands National Committeeman Bo Palacios

California National Committeeman Shawn Steel

Maryland National Committeeman Joyce Tehres

Oregon GOP Chairman Bo Tiernan

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. karol

    lol, is he Obama?

    February 3, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. TrueIndependent

    Quid Pro Quo.

    February 3, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. BB

    Now we know the names of the people that think bipartisanship is over-rated. Watch them like hawks.

    February 3, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Amber

    You're arranging deck chairs on the Titanic unless you have new ideas and a plan, folks...

    February 3, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. My2Cents

    What about Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, David Duke?

    February 3, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Natasha in tally

    Micheal Steele is about as much a new direction for the RNC as Sarah Palin is for drilling in Anwar.

    February 3, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Val in MA


    He is better than Obama.

    February 3, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. And...

    Who cares? He STEELE wants to be like Obama. Too bad, he's a loser and an insult to his race. The GOP, which stands for Greedy Old People has a new black face. So what?

    Can we move on CNN, nobody cares about the GOP's new Uncle Tom.

    February 3, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Who Cares?

    Michael Steele will have his hands full, since the g.o.p. is now the party of Sean, Sarah and Joe the Rushpublican

    February 3, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. BB

    Obama can lower his ethical bar by 50% and still be way over the republicans' heads.

    February 3, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. aliou

    losers. Just shut the hell up and let Obama rule this country out of the hurricane Bush.

    February 3, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. aliou


    Bunch of losers. What ' s up GOP, you just woke up today and found yourself in the opposition? Just shut the hell up and let Obama rule this country out of the hurricane Bush.

    February 3, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. debra from Georgia

    Does Rush Limbaugh approve this message? Since he is the true leader of the Repug party. If not, Micheal you really should ask the boss if he okay with your selections.

    February 3, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    WHO CARES!!!

    February 3, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. lilalove

    The republican geniuses have come to the conclusion that they lost their way by not being partisan and ideological enough over the last 8 years. Bush was not enough. They want double strength divisivness.

    The republican party has a napoleon complex.

    I'm getting annoyed with the republicans. Obama has shown them more respect and grace than the majority warrant at this point.

    Obama is such the bigger man.

    February 3, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Michael Steele "The Magic Negro"

    since when did party chairmen became relevant?

    cnn, keep reaching....this guy now feels he is obama!

    tew funny

    February 3, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Angie

    boy this guy acts like he is running for president of the US. the repubs need to start from strach. their mindset & ideas are outdated, they are narrowminded, greedy, selfish. There are more things in life then being pro-life. There is unemployment, uninsured children, foreclosures, homelessness just to name a few. they dont seem to understand any of that. so hopefully they will look for candidates that can relate to REAL people. Otherwise we came count on President Obama residing in the White House for 8 years. Which I'm all for. So repubs you have alot of work to do. And let me say sarah ( the pitbull in lipstick) is NOT the answer. LOL

    February 3, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. I have hope for real change

    Great choice by the RNC, he is a good, honest and decent man.

    I do however hope that he checks the tax info on these people, unlike Barry the empty one, who seems to not check anyone.

    Good luck Mr. Steele.

    February 3, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. beetle

    Val in MA February 3rd, 2009 6:38 pm ET

    He is better than Obama.
    Yeah right, don't you wish.

    I'm with karol, Amber,And... Who cares? & Angie.
    the repubs are lost at sea.

    February 3, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. cgsailor

    Nah Amber...we can stick with the old conservative plan. After the country gets their fill of the current leadership the Old Guard will be looking pretty good.

    February 3, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Simmy

    Val in MA,

    In your dreams, dear. He is not as smart as President Obama's shoes.

    February 3, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Independent White Woman

    @karo February 3rd, 2009 6:26 pm ET lol, is he Obama?
    No he is a combo of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity

    February 3, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. demo in PA

    IAM a demo
    But iam not blind like most people on here
    they not like sarah palin because she has what they dont .(BRAINS)

    she cant do one think clinton ,obama and palin can do that no other
    can do
    and that is get the people out to vote for them thay are all smart
    and they all would be good in the house together we could get it done

    February 3, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. sandals

    These guys are criminals and they don't want to do anything to help
    get us out of this Mess, that their policies and ideology got us into!
    Besides that the voice of the the RETHUGS
    DRUGGIE LIMBAUGH says SARAH PALIN is their leader!

    February 3, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Doh...

    Let's see...you put the deck chairs over there and I'll arrange these chairs over here. Perfect setting for a wonderful view from the Titantic.

    Thanks Michael Steele– brilliant, just brilliant.

    February 3, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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