Washington (CNN) - Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus stepped down Sunday as the general counsel for the Republican National Committee, and he is mulling a bid to run for the chairmanship.
“I informed the chairman in a private letter that I was resigning and why I was resigning,” Priebus said in an interview Sunday, confirming that he told RNC Chairman Michael Steele of his decision to leave the post.
It is a major blow to the chairman, who is considering whether to seek a second two-year term as head of the RNC, because Priebus was a close Steele ally.
Priebus has been urged to run for chairman and is seriously considering throwing his hat into the ring.
“I will be making a public statement about my potential candidacy shortly,” Priebus said.
If the Wisconsin chairman gets into the race, he will likely join a crowded field of candidates interested in leading the RNC into the 2012 presidential campaign. A number of candidates such as former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, former George W. Bush administration official Maria Cino, ex-RNC Political Director Gentry Collins, former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan and former RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner have either announced or expressed interest in running for the chairmanship.
Steele has yet to announce his intentions. The RNC, an organization made up of 168 members, will meet next month outside of Washington, and vote for its next chairman.