(CNN) – As he contemplates reelection for a second term heading up the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele is lashing out at fellow members of his party who he says "don't want me in this job."
"They don't want me in this job, to put it rather bluntly," Steele told NPR Monday. "That has been a concerted effort since I got the job."
Steele's remarks were prompted by recent comments from Republican Governors Association Chairman Haley Barbour, who expressed criticism over the RNC's lack of fundraising prowess during the last election cycle.
Other Republicans have also taken aim at the RNC for executing a poor get-out-the-vote effort in the remaining days leading up to Election Day, a factor some say limited what could have been greater GOP gains in the House and Senate.
"I will say this time, the RNC was not able to do what they've often done in the past," Barbour, the governor of Mississippi, told Fox News last week. "The Governors Association, the Senate House campaign committees and others, had to scramble around and increase their gathering of resources beyond what normally would be the case because the RNC was not able to do what it had done in the past."
Days before the election, the RNC said it raised $167 million over the last election cycle – close to $30 million more than the Democratic National Committee raised in the comparable 2006 midterm elections.
But this year, the RNC lagged the DNC in total fundraising by more than $10 million, and it was forced to take out a $2 million loan in September.
In his interview with NPR, Steele pointed to fundraising restrictions placed on the national committees not subject to the RGA or the congressional committees, and said President Obama's star power is largely the reason the DNC was able to raise more cash.
"They can raise unlimited cash from all donors and corporations. I can't do that," he said, referring to the RGA. "I can only take individual money up to $30,000. And yet, we raised $185 million.
Steele also pointed to the GOP's success at the ballot box over the last two years as evidence the RNC has proved effective under his leadership.
"None of my predecessors have been able to put together the kind of combination of wins. And it's because we tried to make the party more grassroots oriented – not top down, but bottom up," said Steele.