Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – Michael Steele on Friday wouldn’t commit to seeking a second term as Republican National Committee chairman. But he would commit to lunch.
Pressed by reporters on whether he’s readying for a re-election bid - something he said was all but certain in a recent conversation with a conservative journalist - Steele avoided the question.
“Oh my goodness, can we get through this election first?” he answered.
Asked again as he was walking toward a reception with RNC members, Steele would only say: “You know what I thinking about now? Lunch.”
Already two Republicans – North Dakota GOP chairman Gary Emineth and former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman – have signaled interest in challenging Steele next year.
In the brief and increasingly rare session with national reporters, Steele rejected the seemingly never-ending questions about his handling of the RNC and its purse strings.
“It’s been very good stewardship,” he insisted. “With anything, there are disagreements and different opinions on issues, but I think members have made it very clear that our focus should be on November 2. All the noise of mid-summer will fade away to victory in November.”
Steele said the RNC has spent heavily on making sure that state parties are getting the “resources they need” to fund get-out-the-vote programs in November.
“Would I love to have 20 million in the bank? Absolutely,” he said. “But I have about six or seven because I have spent that money to get those victory offices open and to get the infrastructure on the ground.”
That’s less money than the RNC had on hand at the end of June, their most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission. At the end of June, the committee had $10.9 million in the bank and carried $2 million worth of debt.
Please stay Mr. Steele. You and Silly Sarah are the gifts that keep on giving. BTW, where's the unaccounted 7 million dollars that made an RNC resign his post?
What in the world – this loud mouth is finally learning to keep quiet. It certainly won't last.
Steele is doing fine. I'm curious why liberal kooks love to attack him. At least he's not running the economy into the ground like our president and democrat super-majority Congress.
I think Steele needs a break from The Overseers lash.
It might have been a very looooong lunch.
Wingnut bloggers keep sniping at Uncle Tom Steele. He's going down.
What? Michael "Big Mouth" "Won't Shut up" Steele doesn't have much to say. They finally whipped him into shape. Keep us the silence.
you were elected to hide the fact that they are a bunch of red necks, and you are soooo blind thinking they really like you.
Oh, Michael; say it ain't so!
You know, Steele is real, for a person who was born AFTER November 2008, you write surprisingly well:
"Steele is doing fine. I'm curious why liberal kooks love to attack him. At least he's not running the economy into the ground like our president and democrat super-majority Congress."
By my sipherin', that be about $700,000 per lesbian table dance. Nothing but the best for the GOP!!
I vote for the idiot ex-governor of Alaska for this mostly ceremonial position that takes no competence nor intelligence to do. Steele needs a rest from being the RNC buffoon
Aw, gee, Michael. we need you to stay. you're so good at accidentally saying what the GOCRAP is actually about. people need to know how crazy and evil you all are and you demonstrate it so perfectly. :-)
Steele should go back behind the counter at Kentucky Fried Chicken and shut his big mouth ....
repugnant sewer dwellers..........they reek, UGH
Incompetent people who are about to be fired rarely talk about their future employment. As a Democrat, I love the destruction he has furthered within the Republican Party. He has been a disaster since he was elected.
Just like Palin was an absurd Republican response to Hillary, so was Michael Steele for President Obama. Republicans are primarly uneducated and easily fooled. Just look at the Tea baggers and the Birthers. It shows how stupid Republicans are because they have never supported quality education.
But in an unorthodox interview with a conservative journalist posted online Monday, Steele proclaimed that a second term is all but certain – and he brushed aside news of a potential challenge from former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman.
Steele all talk and no action. I can not hear you now Steele – What's up my black token brother?
He's avoiding it because he already knows he's toast!
You have to give him credit though. While other rethugs quit mid term after an election where your constituents voted to make money from stupid people who think you are worth anything at least he's sticking to the job the rethugs elected him to do.
Now that being said . . . . lesbian bondage clubs, fancy expensive Hawaii trips (while the economy is tanking but it's not okay for Michelle Obama to do the same) the kind of stuff that makes me wonder why it's okay for them and not for the sitting President and his family.
He can run the t-party. They feature a few other clowns in that club.
I don't think he should had the first one.
Bye bye BABY !
Don't worry be Happy !
DO THE K STREET SHUFFLE !
Steele is toast!!!