Washington (CNN) - Former Bush administration official Maria Cino is something of an underdog in the six-way race to elect a new Republican National Committee chairman.
But her key selling points to committee members - a long political resume and a record of managing big projects like the 2008 Republican National Convention - could help her gain traction among committee members searching for a competent alternative to Chairman Michael Steele.
Washington (CNN) - One of Michael Steele's challengers in the Republican National Committee chairman's race is questioning Steele's temperament and demanding that the chairman apologize after he called a veteran RNC member "an idiot" during a recent radio appearance.
The RNC Chairman used the term to describe Indiana Committeeman Jim Bopp, Jr., a longtime RNC member and vocal critic of Steele, after Bopp suggested last week that Steele was "playing the race card" in his re-election bid. Bopp was bothered by Steele's remarks during a conference call with RNC members to announce his bid for a second term, in which Steele said that his re-election would "speak volumes about our willingness to truly be the party of Lincoln."
Washington (CNN) - Former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan decided Friday that he will not attempt to get his old job back - but not without taking a parting shot at the current chairman, Michael Steele.
Duncan, a Kentucky native who ran the RNC from 2007 until 2009, when he lost his re-election bid to Steele in a multi-ballot election, told the committee's 168 members in an email that "changes in my family, business and outside responsibilities make it impossible for me to devote the time needed to effectively lead the RNC over the next two years."
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."
Washington (CNN) - Michael Steele is up with a new website for campaign to be re-elected chairman of the Republican National Committee.
The website - ReelectChairmanSteele.com - is accompanied by a video featuring Steele explaining how the RNC, under his watch, helped Republicans make huge gains at the ballot box in November.
Washington (CNN) - A day after Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele confounded his critics by announcing that he will seek re-election, one of his biggest foes threw his weight behind the candidate thought to have the best chance of replacing Steele atop the committee.
Former New Jersey committeman David Norcross, something of a ringleader within the RNC's anti-Steele crowd, co-authored a message Tuesday to the committee's 168 members endorsing Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus. The message was co-signed by former Wisconsin committeeman Michael Grebe.
(CNN) - RNC Chairman Michael Steele announced last night he would seek re-election, surprising some detractors and others from inside the party who were hinting he would be done at the end of the year.
Instead, Steele will fight on – after an onslaught of jabs from the left and right media, and new media in general, during his tenure at the helm of the party.
Washington (CNN) - Michael Steele broke a weeks-long silence Monday night and announced that he will seek a second term as chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Steele revealed his intentions in a lengthy private conference call with RNC members, several of whom relayed the news to CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Gentry Collins, the Republican National Committee's ex-political director, will enter the race to replace Chairman Michael Steele on Monday, sources close to Collins told CNN.
Collins, a veteran political operative, resigned his RNC post last month with a blistering letter to Steele which accused the controversial chairman of poor financial oversight that may have cost the GOP several House seats in the midterm elections.
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.