Steele could announce his future on Monday
December 13th, 2010
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Steele could announce his future on Monday

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has organized a private conference call with fellow committee members for Monday night in which he could announce whether he plans to seek a second term.

Steele sent a brief and cryptic email to committee members on Saturday evening, asking them to "join me for a private conference call" and requesting that they RSVP for the call by replying to his personal email address. The email message was forwarded to CNN by multiple RNC members.

The chairman, whose tenure has been marred by controversial public statements and questions about his handling of party finances, has remained mum about his future in recent weeks as a slew of candidates have lined up to replace him.

Though Steele remains unpredictable, his silence has led some on the committee to believe that Steele will not run again, having forfeited his re-election chances by remaining so quiet as his potential challengers work to line up support among the committee's 168 members.

Even one of Steele's top allies on the committee, Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus, has entered the race to replace him as chairman.

Along with Priebus, Michigan committeeman Saul Anuzis and former Missouri Chairwoman Ann Wagner are officially in the race.

And this weekend, former Bush administration official Maria Cino formally entered the race with a new website and a three-page letter mailed to committee members outlining her credentials and biography.

Former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins, former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan and former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman are also contemplating bids.

RNC members will elect the next chairman in January at the committee's winter meeting in Maryland.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Steele has to realize the group that is running the GOP is not very bright, not too fond of minorities, and in need of a white country club member who can attract the billionaires.

    December 12, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The right wingnuts are making a big mistake dumping Steele, but they are not too smart. They still think that all the Bush unfunded tax cuts, unfunded drug programs, unfunded wars, wiretapping, and the trillions of debt that "W" left us had no effect on driving our nation to the brink of a great depression.

    December 12, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Many GOP don’t want Steel that is good democrats

    December 12, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    now that the GOP has won the House, had some Black GOPers win office, and President Obama's approval ratings have gone down, Mike Steele is no longer needed. The GOP has shown that it too can be diverse. Now back to doing things like going against DADT, the DREAM Act and trying to get the deal made for Native American and Black farmers repealed. Mike can collect his check and do what others like him have done....go write a book.

    December 12, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    25% of our nation's wealth is owned by 1% of its population – approx. 400 families, to be exact.

    When are folks going to wise up to the Republicans and see that they use everyone – from Steele to their "guns and Bibles" base to every other sucker they pay lip service to, in an effort to get their vote. And for what gain?

    To keep power in the hands of the wealthy few, at the expense of everyone else.

    Our nation will be lost if we don't turn this tide!

    December 12, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. GonzoinHouston

    Steele has served his purpose and he knows it. The republicans aren't as scared as they were in '08 and they don't need him as an example of diversity any more. All he's doing now is trying to go out in a way that will attract the most interest in the book he will inevitably release after he leaves.

    December 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |