Michael Steele withdraws from RNC race
January 14th, 2011
03:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Michael Steele withdraws from RNC race

Oxon Hill, Maryland (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele dropped his re-election bid Friday and endorsed former Bush administration official Maria Cino to succeed him.

"I really thank you for the chairmanship of this party, for the two years that I have had and at this time I will step aside for others to lead," he said. "But in so doing I hope you all appreciate the legacy I leave despite the noise. Despite the difficulties, we won."


"As many of you figured out I am a fighter, and I am a little bit obstinate," he continued. "But I am because I believe in the fight ... I will step aside because I think the party is ready for something different."

Steele then released his delegates and asked them to support Cino, whose bid is backed by House Speaker John Boehner.


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  1. XWngLady

    To Don who said "I hope to live long enough to see a time when a man is judged by his actions, his character and his results and not the color of his skin."....Yeah, me too. That time would have been in 2008 when Republicans were choosing their leader. Instead of choosing based on the person's ability to lead, they chose someone who made them look "less" like the party of the old, white, man's party. It is arguable whether the strategy backfired or not, but the motives for choosing Steele are clear to everyone, except to the blind or those who are living in denial.

    January 14, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "....rushing forward into the past, and refusing to learn from past failures."

    You have to understand the mind of a rabid ideologue. To them, those were their failures. It was reality being disobedient.

    January 14, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Chuck

    What a shame. He was the best chairman Democrats could have ever hoped for.

    January 14, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Da

    Does this mean we don't get to hear how he was going to urbanize the GOP and make it more hip hop? Shame I was kinda looking forward to that.

    January 14, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    edit:

    "....rushing forward into the past, and refusing to learn from past failures."

    You have to understand the mind of a rabid ideologue. To them, those WEREN'T their failures. It was reality being disobedient.

    January 14, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. steve

    Anything bush bad

    January 14, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. CJ

    Hey maybe if he was actually able to quote the opening line from the book he claimed was his fav,.... HAHAHA that was sooooo funny when he said "War and Peace" was his favorite book then went on to quote "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" what a lush

    January 14, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. --AR

    Many of the commentors here show their bias and ignorance. Even with an admittedly small minority representation, Steele, who is black, was still elected as head of the Republican Party. What does that say about your "racist" labels of the RNC? He lost his current re-election bid because of his complete financial mismangement (hardly the first person to lose relection after being proven to be ineffective). To those who say that it was wrong to "fire" him BECAUSE he is black (despite being ineffective)- who is the true racist?

    January 14, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Nana

    Well as said by someone already. Steele was a solution to republicans to say;see we also have someone representing the colored people. I have never seen a hypocritical party as the RNC. Steele was for President OBama as Palin was for Clinton. and look where PAlin has become ....McCain and entire RNC nightmare.

    January 14, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. PRussell

    Well we all that the Republican token Negro was not going to make it in the party for long. He was put there to soften the face and look of the party, but he never really fit in. He was a complete clown and now that you can say almost anything and get away with it who needs a softener. We'll miss him because he was so funny!

    January 14, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. johnRJ08

    Steele has been a token, ineffective sock puppet for the right wing for the last two years. I'll be sorry to see him go.

    January 14, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. TonyB

    Back to serving soup to Grover I guess.....

    January 14, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If a white bagger had enough weaponry to overthrow our government, HE would be the elected chair of the RNC.

    January 14, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. GL

    The all white clue is back.

    January 14, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Name

    It amazes me how you all are making this a race issue

    January 14, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Dennis

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

    January 14, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Old Man

    Does anyone have any doubt that Senator John Cornyn of Texas played a key role in this?

    January 14, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. MK

    He would have fought to the end (meaning after the votes were cast/counted) because he's jus that full of himself and obstinate... however if he did and those who back him voted for him then the next best (in their mind) would not win. So it wasn't because he was gracious and stepped aside, it was all a calculated action to make sure since he had no chance of winning that his votes went to the one that was the 'annointed' by John 'Cry Baby" Boehner.

    January 14, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Michael needs to play his version of the Palin 'victim card.'

    January 14, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    The GOP do realize Steele is not the President ... right??

    January 14, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. GL

    Ark_Man

    LOL!!!!! Look like Flunky Steele is wanting to cry. He a disgrace to the blacks. I'm sorry.. He should have known he quits or they were going to hang him. Since these tea-poppers have come on the scene.. LOL!!!!

    I DITTO YOUR COMMENT!

    January 14, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Kenneth

    Republicans lose the "White" House to a Democratic man of color so they elect Michael Steele to counter. Republicans gain the House of "Representatives" and since there is no longer any need for "balance" they turn their back on their "chosen" one. WHAT MAKES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WON'T TURN THEIR BACKS ON US WHEN THE NEED ARISES? Latest sign of the self serving nature of the Republican party: Debating the health-care bill when there is no possible way to repeal it just to win political points with "their" base. Congress is supposed to be for the people and by the people so with all the other issues confronting the American people ... WHY BEAT A DEAD HORSE? Unless of course ... YOU DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!

    January 14, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    You didn't see this coming Mikey? You don't leave behind a legacy. You were...... how can I say it? Used & Bamboozled.

    January 14, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Dan Nickell

    The Republicans won what they did in 2010 in spite of Steele, not because of anything creative he did. Move on Mike.

    January 14, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. steeve-o

    Oh no wait, I've got it! He's doing the cinnamon challenge!

    January 14, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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