January 7th, 2009
11:58 AM ET
14 years ago

Major Florida Republican weighs in on GOP’s future

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/07/art.getty.michael.steele.jpg caption="Jim Greer will back Michael Steele, pictured above, for RNC Chairman."]WASHINGTON (CNN) –- Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer will announce his support Wednesday for Michael Steele to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee, a spokeswoman tells CNN.

Greer’s backing is a significant boost for Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, who is competing with five other candidates to lead the national party. Greer considered running for RNC chair before deciding to stay on as the head of the state Republican Party. Florida Republicans will hold their annual meeting this weekend in Orlando.

Greer will make the announcement at an RNC candidate meeting being held in the nation’s capital, Republican Party of Florida spokeswoman Erin Vansickle said.

Filed under: Florida • GOP • RNC
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Newport News, VA

    Steele needs to go back to Maryland and try to clean up that state first before pursuing any other political post.

    January 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Newport News, VA

    Is Steele supposed to be the GOP version of Barack Obama? Give me a break.

    January 7, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The RNC needs to revise its platform before it can choose an appropriate leader. The RNC has an 18th mentality, which ignores all the advances in science, technology, environmental awareness, diversity appreciation and social justice. The RNC "creed" of "Me first, you never" has no place in today's world.

    The RNC is like a small fundamentalist church asking why it has so few members, when the solution is obvious...move into the current millenium!

    January 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Proud American

    This story is laughable. The future of the Republican is OVER. End of story. lmao

    January 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. karen-phoenix

    I've been a republican for 40 years. NO MORE. Since Reagonomics destroyed the middle class and Bush destroyed the millitary I can no longer vote republican! I even donated to Obama!! The republicans need to get out of their "ego" of rich, wealthy spoiled little boys and that attitude of fear and hatred!!! I want a republican who comes up from the working class, is highly educated, young and wants to advance the middle class through jobs, jobs and more jobs that stay in this country!!! AND National Health Care!!!

    January 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Michael

    Steele would be a wise choice. He's a good republican. Although The selection of Steele would be a first step toward, hopefully, a long journey to genuinely appeal to minorities. The GOP has taken such steps in the past. However, with each step the GOP has taken to advance their embrace of minorities, subsequent mis-steps with respect to race has driven the GOP further backward. Will they get it right, this time?

    January 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Trust

    This guy is a joker and a token. He will never get the job.

    January 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Karen - Atlanta

    Steele holds no credit at all... After seeing him on FoxNews I expected the RNC to consider him. Steele should have concentrated on cleaning up Maryland first, then the Republican Party. The Republicans will stop at nothing.. They all make me sick.

    January 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. joe smith

    not many gentlemen left; but he's a fine one indeed: now we still have not heard a word about the Amero, why?? out in the grass roots there apears to be some $50 and $100 bills circulating; perhaps Francis Townsend, your security specialist, could give the American people the skinny on this one??

    January 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. NICK

    Greer must be a pawn for Fox News and Right Wing Radio. Steele, should get his own house in order before leading the Republicans Country wide. Oh well, I guess we haven't "got it yet".

    January 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Larry in Houston

    Thanks Newport News, I could not have agreed more...

    January 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Uncle Mikey

    The Republicans think they can be considered "inclusive" if they put this guy on their poster,what a laugh,the people have gotten a little smarter than that now,or I should hope they have.

    January 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. FJ from Atlanta

    Who cares about the GOP?

    January 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. SteeleTheLoser

    Steele is a loser he lost in Maryland, but then he can chair the GOP they are all losers, this is a sign GOP is going to the tube. I am loving it.

    January 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |

    Wow!!! Tonight I wan't sleep... 🙂 🙂

    January 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Kurt C.

    Compare Steele to the people who have been in charge of the DNC lately, McAuliffe and Dean.

    Steele is better than both of them put together. Those two guys at the DNC make Joe Biden look smart. And that's nearly impossible.

    January 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. joe smith

    one more time; this gentleman is a terrific choice. we are still looking into the little known blip that turned up on the radar screen, called the Amero. word has it, that there are some quantities of $50 and $100 dollar bills out among the populis. could we perhaps get Francis Townsend whose expertise is security, to give the American people the skinny on this one. seems the Denver mint did the printing..but she will be able to tell us more, right??

    January 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Puff


    January 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Kurt C.

    To F.J. from Atlanta – People who are sick of the Democrat Culture of Corruption.

    Blagojevich (Obama is involved, the media is covering for him)
    Jefferson from La.

    Those are the major ones right now, but there are plenty more.

    January 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. ga.

    if he's smart he'll run in the other direction as fast as he can.

    January 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. anonymous in Big D

    Mr. Steele is a great pick! He's an extremely nice person who is honest and listens to all sides before making decisions/choices, etc., unlike the disgruntled democRATS that don't know their A$$ from the perverbial hole!

    January 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Atlanta- GA

    I wonder why all of a sudden the RNC wants to pick an African-American for chairman...hmmmmmmmmmmm

    January 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. They pushed the envelope

    You have to ask yourself,would I buy a used car from this man?

    January 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. bsmith171

    steele would be a good choice.

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Love Huckabee

    He's insulting to any black person. It's ok for there to be black republicans, but he's just doing this because the GOP wants to counter Obama. Just like they put Sarah Palin up there to counter Hillary. The funny thing is, neither is qualified to run a McDonald's.

    Steele nor Blackwell came out to dismiss the CD, as if it were ok. He's only after his own agenda. The GOP is just using black people, like they used women by putting up Sarah Palin.

    Doesn't he know they don't care about him? This is the same group who fueled racial tensions just get get racists votes during the GE. He wants power so bad, he sold his soul. He's just as bad as Burris...he sold his soul and allowed himself to be used for power.

    January 7, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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