[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/07/rnc.transition/art.michael.steele.gi.jpg caption="Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is among six vying for Republican National Committee chairman."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - With six different candidates jockeying to become the next chairman of the Republican National Committee, members of the party have taken the unique step of organizing a so-called “Special Meeting” of the committee to press the candidates on how they plan to bring the party back to power.
The session will take place on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, marking the third straight day candidates have met face-to-face with committee members to make their pitches.
Unlike recent contests for the chairmanship, in which the party leader has been recommended by President Bush, this year’s wide-open race has been a protracted affair combining old-school deal-making with modern technology and the advice of some of the Beltway’s best political consultants.