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.

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Marylander

    I happen to think this is a good choice for the Republican party. I was born and raised in the Maryland. Under Gov. Bob Ehrlich and Lt. Gov. Steele, Maryland went from a $2.7 million deficit to a $1 billion surplus without hiking taxes. Unfortunately, the people of Maryland voted in Martin O'Malley who has raised taxes and done little for the state or its citizens.

    The Republican party will benefit from Steele's leadership.

    January 7, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Jan

    Do you young dems know that most of the KKK were democrats? Pardon me, it is not the repubs that are racist. It never was. Remember George Wallace? The dems like to us AA to push their agendas only. what hypocrites.

    January 7, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Nebraskan

    Meanwhile, while the Dems are busy blocking the only AA senator from entering the building, the RNC is about to elect their first AA chairman. Man, 2008 has triggered quite a few interesting shakeups!

    January 7, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Erik S.

    Yeah Newport, like Obama needs to go back to Chicago and clean that place up right? Atlanta GA, your comment about African Americans all of a sudden being in the GOP shows your willful ignorance, as with most of the posters on here, which is odd seeing as this is CNN. How many blacks had the Democrats had in power before Obama? You can see how many blacks were already on post in the GOP, you know, Colin Powell, Rice, in very powerful positions BEFORE it become cool to be the black candidate for the democratic party. Enjoy wallowing in your ignorance along with the other ditto heads. I'm just ashamed at what I read on here from day to day.

    January 7, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Where are all the neo-con Limbaugh lovers shouting that Greer is ONLY backing Steele because he's black? That only works when it's Powell and Obama?

    January 7, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. MD

    Steele would be great at the post. He is more intelligent than Obama and has a wider appeal (excluding the far left fringe).

    January 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. TJ Johnson

    Michael Steel will do a super job. He understands his foe and has the initiative to defeat them.

    January 7, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. DJW

    I live in Maryland and in Steele's county. We do not like him because when he was Lt Governor and then Govenor Erlich hired homeless people from Pa. to pass out flyers saying all African Americas were voting for Steele and Governor Erlich for their re election. They also said that the NAACP was backing Steele.

    Tell me why do black republicans try to disenfranhise African Americans knowing the histroy of this country??? Blackwell of Ohio did the same thing for George Bush in 2004.

    My guess is as long as these black republicans are a crooked as the white republicans it's ok.

    I will never vote for Steele even if he changed his parties!!!

    January 7, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. canuck

    go mike!

    January 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Eyckie

    NOAH, have you been living under a rock? You think it's okay that Republicans took America to war based on lies? It's okay that they bankrupted the world? It's okay that the terrorism has proliferated under Bushco? McCain is a traitor, a cheater and doesn't make very good decisions based on his choice of Palin for VP. Go blog on Faux News with their narrow minded point of view. Obama has 82% approval and many Republicans support him in his effort to reform government. At least he is putting qualified people into positions of power instead of giving appointments to his buddies like Bushco did. Every agency has been infiltrated by Bushes buddies and none of them work anymore. The EPA, Department of Justice, Supreme Court and many, many more. The whole country is bankrupt and the global markets are struggling not to go into a depression. How can you support these racist and washed up old white guys that wear white sheets and think that 'Barack the Magic Negro' is a great song to pass around. Amazing!

    January 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. DJW

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

    Sorry Maryland is doing just fine we don't want him send him to a Red State like Tn, WV,OK,MS.

    But dig this if he is turned down for any particular reason this jerk cries racism. I hope the republicans are in for the ride.

    January 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. chefsupreme

    Steele a sharp cookie? Is that like the imaginary oreos thrown at him several years ago?

    January 7, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Vern

    Talk about the wounded...these Republicants who is still mad that Obama won is too funny!!! They will not give up like kurt C who wrote
    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.
    I guess you forgot all the Republicants that are corrupt? It's not the Party it's the person. You poor misled fool!!!

    January 7, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Karen - Missouri

    The RNC has a LONNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGG way to go before they are respected again! Doesn't matter who they pick, they still have no clue as to what Americans need...oh, wait, they do know the wealthy CEO types.

    January 7, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Eyckie

    Noah, have you been living under a rock? I guess it's okay with you that Republicans bankrupted not just the United States but the world?
    It's okay that more than 4500 young Americans have died in a war based on lies to take our Saddam Hussein that wasn't a threat to anyone? It's okay though because they only died for OIL. Republicans are racist and obstructionists that hate that Democrats are actually going to put qualified people in positions that Bushes buddies resided over with no qualifications. Every agency has been infiltrated and destroyed by Bushco including the EPA, the DOJ, the Supreme Court. How could anyone support a Republican when they have destroyed the world economy and taken American lives based on lies.

    January 7, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Greed is not good

    Oh please...who are they fooling?

    January 7, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Lisa V

    If people here seem a little overly critical of African-Americans and the RNC, you have to remember that it was only a few weeks ago a potential chairman of the RNC was sending out Christmas CDs with magic songs about "Negroes" on them.

    January 7, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. J.L.

    This is so funny... kinda sad also. Some Republicans think that they can turn things around for themselves by having an African-American as their chairman. They believe that by having a minority as their chairman, minorities will flock to their party or something? Sorry... it's the Republican backwards-exclusionary-elitist (i.e. rich folks) policies that drives people away, not the people in positions of power within the party. When the Republican party starts getting away from the policies and ideals that attracts only the bible-thumpers, bigots (and some straight up racist folks), and cigar-chomping Wall Street fat cats, then they might start getting more people to join the party....

    January 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. cherrystrawberry

    See we have a Negro....too!

    January 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. LB

    id vote for Steele over Obama any day.

    January 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. DJW

    Noah wrote
    The Republicans have always had African Americans in their party. It is the Democrats who make any African American who is a conservative feel like an Uncle Tom. Most Liberals do not even realize that Martin Luther King Jr was a registered Republican.
    Yeah the republicans have African Americans but the more recent African Americans act more like House Slaves to me.

    Also it is not confirmed that Dr King was a Republican – some black republicans ran an ad back in 2006 to try to help Steele but it backlash the group. So it ain't so. Besides Dr King grew up during FDR presidency and was at the top of his career when President Kennedy and Johnson were in the white house.

    January 7, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |



    January 7, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Patrick

    Take off your hate glasses for a second. The man is competent and qualified; that's all that matters.

    January 7, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. GS-Florida

    Another token-ploy by the Rebulicans, give me a break! . They can change their stripes as many times as the like, but they are just the same old hypocrites. Jim Greer's endorsement means nothing. The GOP has had it! It's over so Get over it!

    January 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. KCBob

    The GOP will remain a joke until they drop the Christ Cultist influence in their party.

    January 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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