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.