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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soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. DallasMarine

    We won.... Yes, with the help of corporate donations and tax payer swindling they did win.

    January 14, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Sean

    I see people calling Nancy Pelosi to quit.... I thought this is democracy? San Francisco voted for Nancy Pelosi... you like it or not... bear with it. You mean America cannot accommodate the extreme left? Then why is the extreme right putting in tea party candidate?

    January 14, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Back to the Shrubs and probably more wars (Billions of dollars - deficits don't matter). Thousands of kids killed (most are the poor and uneducated, not republicans).

    Back to the Shrubs.

    January 14, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. GL

    After demonizing the Latinos voters in 2012 to make big wins in the House and the Senate, they now realized in 2012 they will have to suck up to them in 2012 and they are starting that today as we speak. Please Latinos voters do no fall for their dirty trick and use you to win in 2012 and they throw you under the bus as they just did Michael Steele. I am not fan of Michael Steele, but what the Republicans party have done to him was a dam shame.

    January 14, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. J

    Well now that diversity is soooo 2010, the RNC want to return back to the good ole boy days.

    January 14, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. jen

    Aww! poor big baby Steele, you never belonged to begin with, they never wanted you...they used you! go home and cry to your mama:-) bye bye............

    January 14, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. GL

    I mean in 2010.

    January 14, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Marc

    All these driving around the Country in that Bus that reads" FIRE PELOSI " now they told him" YOU ARE FIRED !

    January 14, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. spiker715

    I wonder if that loon Michelle Bachman still thinks that Michael Steele is "duh man"?

    January 14, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Rob

    I'm sure it was a majority of white people that voted your black man into office so stop your racial remarks. Earn your job and stop relying on things like the rooney rule to get a job.

    January 14, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. gerry

    You libs are a bunch of flaming idiots!!!

    January 14, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. joe in TN

    See Ya ! Don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out.

    January 14, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Gilga G. Mesh

    Love how the lberals scream for equality and better treatment for all, but then come and post stuff like "used token negro" here.

    Even if you don't agree with Steele and don't like him, this man deserves better than racial name calling.

    January 14, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Maria Cino

    Both delegates, Michael? That's so kind of you - thanks a bunch!!

    January 14, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. The Clear Thinking Independent

    Many of us could see that Steele was elected to give the GOP political cover to attack President Obama. We need only look back at the last 2 years, and in particular the disrespectful, purile, and lying manner in which he was opposed. It was not based on principle, it was based on a a commitment to see him fail by any means.

    Now though, the GOP feels that it has gotten about as much mileage as it can out of Mr. Steele`s face – this despite the gains the GOP made in the last election.

    It is easy to see how largely white organization, including corporations, allow backstabbers to undermine a black executives on peripheral topics when they can`t be attacked on performance.

    "Style" becomes the excuse. I don`t care for Steele`s politics but can can identify with the way they took him out. Many of the same tactic have been used against the Prez. Only when more people of all colors point out the two sets of rules will we become 1 nation where only performance, not "likeability" determines when you lose your job.

    January 14, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Bob Dog

    This is a big disappointment for Democrats. Mr. Steel was a pompous windbag with virtually no redeeming skills. He was a terrible, unbelievably cynnical choice for RNC chairman, selected after leading republicans thought Mr. Obama won because of his ethnicity. His lack of leadership, meaningless rhetoric, and occasional honesty at the most inopportune times will be sorely missed by his opponents.

    January 14, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. kaoi

    UnC t giventh the boot by the ole mighty whities. Priceless. Don't come back across the bridge, we don't need ur kind.

    January 14, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. WVLDY63

    Thank goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Mylessonnlife

    I'm sure he should have known it was coming. They used his african-americanism to counter-act with the Pres, not black enough supposedly campaign. Unfortunately, Mr Steele was too black, not smart, talk too loud saying nothing and/or not light skinned enough to make a difference. Now, where will the brother go from here, hopefully where he should.....

    January 14, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. AC

    Perfect example of the Rep Party and Boner go for the WHITE candidate. Jeb Bush leads phony effort to attract Lation's and other minorities, I DON'T THINK SO! New immigration push by the REP'S in 2011 and 2012, I DON'T THINK SO! So much hate in the PARTY OF NO!

    January 14, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Constitutionalist_Patriot

    Hate, hate, and hate some more. Let's use some more stereotypes to denigrate people who have decided to think for themselves and happen to disagree. You liberals on here disgust me. You are the party of labels and division, you display kkk like ignorance with the hate you spew. You suck every bit as much as the GOP so don't kid yourselves. Every partisan left or right is an establishment tool. Go back to sleep SHEEP!!

    January 14, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. NC

    Well it looks like the RNC just used a Black Man, like we all knew what they were doing.

    January 14, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    A black or a gay republican is an oxymorone.

    January 14, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Namelarry

    They don't need u anymore the attempt to pit u again Obama didn't work so now it's time to dispose of u. Yeah sure it was ur decision.

    January 14, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. MishaJohn

    Has Limbaugh accused the RNC of racism yet?

    January 14, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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