Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman confirmed Wednesday that he will not challenge Michael Steele for the Republican National Committee chairmanship.
"I've been pretty consistent on this, it's very simple," Coleman told MinnPost.com. "I've said if Steele was running, I wouldn't run against him. He strongly supported me in the past; I made that commitment to him a number of months ago – if he's in I'm not in."
Though interested in the job, Coleman has long said he would not run against Steele if the chairman decided to seek a second term.
While Steele remained quiet his intentions for the last few weeks, Coleman was calling RNC members to gauge support for a possible run. But Steele announced Monday that he is running to keep his job, effectively sidelining Coleman.