Washington (CNN) – Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman said Friday that his focus is on the November elections and not next year's race for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, despite reports that he is eyeing the job.
But his non-denial denial aside, Coleman couldn't resist a pointed swipe at Michael Steele's handling of the RNC post.
"Between now and November I am going to work with Chairman Steele to make sure that we move this country forward to the path of fiscal responsibility," Coleman told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
"Listen, the reality is that there have been concerns about the RNC, that's a reality," he continued. "Fundraising hasn't been what a lot of folks would like, et cetera. But that's not the focus right now."
Though several leading Republicans have criticized Steele's management of the committee in private, few of the party's leading lights have taken to national television to directly question his leadership.
Doing so with just over three months until the Election Day signals that Coleman is serious about challenging Steele, but his efforts could turn off RNC members who are focused on the elections at hand.
"Sounds like we got a candidate in December," quipped Democratic strategist James Carville, who was appearing alongside Coleman.
"I'm working with chairman Steele," a grinning Coleman stressed, before signing off.
Coleman is currently running the American Action Network, an independent group raising money and crafting strategy for Republican candidates.