New Orleans (CNN) – Thirty-one members of the Republican National Committee have signed on to a letter re-affirming their support for chairman Michael Steele in the wake of a spending scandal that has rocked the committee and handed the embattled party leader the most serious challenge of his term.
The letter, organized by Steele allies on the committee over the last 12 hours and provided to CNN, is intended to give the chairman a much-needed boost after nearly two weeks of bad press. It's signed by 31 state GOP chairs from around the country, with more expected to sign on.
The statement of support comes a day after two members of the RNC - both from North Carolina - called on Steele to resign. A number of committee members are gathered in New Orleans, where the Southern Republican Leadership Conference is being held. Steele is scheduled to address the conference on Saturday.
The state chairs called Steele's record of winning elections "stellar" and described his fundraising ability as "solid."
"The charge of any national Chairman is to raise money and win elections," the letter reads, touting the $100 million has raised as chairman and signature GOP victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Read the full letter after the jump:
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