January 30th, 2009
03:31 PM ET
7 years ago

RNC Race: Anuzis ends his run

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis has ended his bid to head the national party. He did not endorse either of the remaining candidates.

"It's been a great honor," he said. "I have enjoyed every minute."

"With that I want to withdraw my name. We have two great people running and I want to wish them the best of luck."

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  1. gg

    rush limbaugh and all republican nutbars must be running to medicine cabinets

    January 30, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. cherrystrawberry

    Dems Look! We Have one Too! Republicans are laughable. They want us to believe that this was just a "coincidence" LOL. Yea Right

    January 30, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Mariann Pepitone

    The african american candidate dropped out of the race. The dummocrats don't have good leaders of their own. Durbin, Pelosi, Reid and Dean (thank goodness he retired). There is corruption in the democratic party it just hasn't come out yet. As one previous commentor stated the American public got duped. How many bailouts are the democrats going to allow before we go bankrupt like California who is holding IRS refunds for thirty days. Plus where are they getting all this money. Raising taxes?

    January 30, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. JWard

    I don't think putting Blackwell will make a different, first of all we don't know much about him or his politics, and hope he's not placed in the position as a token for all minorities, the RNC needs a major overhaul in their thinking, dividing this country by race will isolate Republican forever


    January 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Chris from Va. Beach Va

    Michael Steele is a token. He could never garner the black and latino vote as the GOP hoping he can. Good luck to him but he is facing a up hill climb with an avalanche coming down.

    January 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Don't lose heart. First time is a big step. Maybe next time. Glad you enjoyed every moment of it.

    January 30, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. T

    I find it very sickening that when an African-American has conservative views and is very open about it, he is a token, an uncle tom. but when it is an African-American with Democratic veiws its the right way to go. Hypocrites. Michael Steele had always been in the Republican Party being the first African-American Lt. Governor of Maryland. This isn't an attempt. I am sure that when he wakes up and look in the mirror that he knows he's an African-American. If this is suppose to be an era of coming together and unifying no one is showing it. Let him be him and you all worry about something else.

    January 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. c.k.scipio

    Interesting timing interesting choice

    January 30, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Mari

    My last comment...... disappeared! Hopefully this one will make it!

    Regardless of whom the GOP has as its head, the party remains the same. Part of the problem with the conservative movement is that they are unwilling to SEE that our Nation has changed and is evolving.

    A new GOP leader will not ensure a victory. ONLY.... ridding themselves of the vitriolic-hate-monger-holier-than-thou-haters will the GOP resurface as a party able to connect with mainstream America!

    As I have said umpteen times...... UNLESS OR UNTIL...... the Republicans give up their vile campaigns of...... hate..... lies........ fear and division....... and FREE themselves of the AM Radio & Faux News haters they will continue to lose.

    January 30, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Rhonda

    Nice ploy!!! No one is falling for it!!!

    January 30, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. ray

    looks at these morons on the right, just because the democrats elected a black president , these pathetic humans on the right elects a black to show that the republicans are not racists which they are, hahahah what a joke.

    January 30, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Independent White Woman!!!

    Michael be sure to thank the DEMS And President Obama ……The Republican National Committee elected their first-ever African-American party chief on Friday, choosing former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele to chair the organization after six rounds of tumultuous balloting……..House NiG___

    January 30, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. ray

    yes the racicts on the right has a new face . what a joke.

    January 30, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. jmac

    Clearly a political move.

    Don't they realize that we are not THAT gullible! This a Palin-like move.
    They haven't learned a darn thing from that debacle!

    January 30, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. george

    Anuzis was the man

    January 30, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Carol

    Steele is being used- plain and simple!

    RNC think by having a Black Chairman they will someone on their team who will be able to think as Obama do.....

    January 30, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Charles

    You guys say it. Now the Gop can say" we got a black guy, too". Now everybody look at us. They dont realize everyone has left the room already. Plus, so predictable and histrionic: you had Hilary, now we have Palin, John McCain rushing off to save the " fundamentally strong economy". It worse than having a girlfriend with a borderline personality, The GOP had no new ideas, they are dying party (, led by evangelicals). You can dress up a pig, but it still stinks.

    January 30, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. JDD

    No brainer...who couldn't see this coming? I'll surely listen to what he has to say, but the basic ideals of the RNC and the DNC are STILL the reason why the majority of Blacks/minorities aren't simply going to now lean to the right. Color wasn't the reason we voted for Obama.

    January 30, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Lis

    It is a gimmick! I bet this new guy has less knowledge than the rest of the GOP, probably a black Palin.
    I am not falling for anymore shady schemes from any GOP, they are as bad as the corrupt corporations, credit card companies and banks who tricked people in buying homes that they can't afford.

    January 30, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Dave in Atlanta

    I honestly thought Anuzis was the best canididate. I guess the RNC thought he was too close to the "establishment"

    January 30, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Republican unity and graciousness: he couldn't even decide to endorse another candidate.

    Look at pictures of the gathering: still looks pretty white & country club to me... hope the preaching of hate, of only offering blame instead of solutions comes to and end but I sincerely doubt it.

    January 30, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Linda

    lol - the Repuglicans are sooooo slick. I have to laugh at this one!!!!

    January 30, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. kayla


    January 30, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Felonious Monk

    Trying to be the biggest criminal on their side of the table.

    Good point Chicago Independent-They brought out a woman because they thought women did not posess enough brains to make a value judgement. Now they bring out a black man to show support from the Americans of African heritage community.

    Did anyone notice that in the Bush's farewell address he singled out some fine Americans for their dedication to their community? When I saw that I thought they were trotting out their "negroes" to prove they have them also. No offense to any Americans of African heritage intended. I just thought it was funny after WE elect an American of African heritage to the office of the presidency, the republicans trot out their "tokens."

    January 30, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Ann Marie

    Now we know why Republicans are going down the drain and losing more members. This move is so obvious, it's embarrasing. We all know why Steele was promoted, geez, hypocrisy thy name is Republican. By the way, if the Party thinks they can walk away without blame they are wrong. If we go down so will the Republicans all we see as a nation is a party that is not participating, that is not working for the nation, for the people, but for their party. RNC had no problem giving billions to the Wall Street Robber Barons but now have a problem aiding the nation. What can we expect from a Party that takes direction from Rush Looserbaugh.

    January 30, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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