November 18th, 2010
05:29 PM ET
12 years ago

At RGA 'Clear Consensus' Michael Steele Should Go

San Diego, California (CNN) - Current Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele isn't at the Republican Governors Association gathering here, but he's a big topic of discussion.

At this morning's governors breakfast, RGA Chairman Haley Barbour asked the 26 Republican governors and governors elect whether they would be comfortable asking RNC committee members in their states to consider a change in RNC leadership next year. Eighty percent of the governors raised their hand. That's according to a Republican staffer who attended the meeting and asked to remain anonymous while speaking about the current RNC chair.

A second Republican source tells CNN, "There is a clear consensus Steele needs to go."

Officials don't want to appear to be pushing Steele out or dictating to their party, but clearly there is no great well of support for Steele at this gathering.

One of the questions discussed at the gathering – who should replace Steele. One name that keeps emerging is current RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers who has the trust of current RGA Chair Haley Barbour, outgoing Vice Chair Tim Pawlenty – both potential 2012 presidential contenders – and incoming RGA Chair Rick Perry.

According to one Republican briefed on the breakfast meeting, after the show of hands Ayers was asked to leave the room. The governors then discussed backing him for the role.

Ayers is in his 20s. Sources close to him tell CNN some governors have reached out to ask him to run for the post, but he has not been seeking the role. One Ayers supporter says "this is being driven by the Governors." Ayers, who has been Executive Director of the RGA since 2007, would be the youngest RNC chairman to date.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Black man in White House, Black man heads-up RNC. Black man in White House appears vulnerable and ready for the taking in 2012, so Black man heading up RNC needs to step aside and let the "real" Republicans take over so they can authorize the Right-Wing slime machine to begin greasing up for the campaign.

    November 18, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans said "there is a clear consensous Steele needs to go" but we've got to ask Rush Limbaugh how we can get rid of him without making it appear racist. After all it was Rush Limbaugh that accused Democrats of being racist and kicking Clyburn to the back of the bus. LOL

    November 18, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Pretzel Logic

    Thank you Mr. Token Negro. We've sufficiently slimed the President enough to get control of the House and no longer have to pretend that we like "you people" any more. We can continue to destroy things without pretending to be diverse any more.

    November 18, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. moderate voter

    I find it funny that news like this comes out while steele still has the power to do some serious damage.

    November 18, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Peter s

    Oops Steele have served his purpose! in the just concluded elections!obstructing the half black, half white man in the White House !! so they need a game change! why don't the right wing shove limbaugh as the Gop chairman or Murdoch the diaper head! talk about throwing the house negro under the 18 wheel trailer!!

    November 18, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. True American

    Steele signed his own pink slip the day he aligned himself with the T-ribe of E-uropean A-merican party. He let these people continue to hijack the GOP and let their disguised phony outrage over birth certificates ripple through the GOP.

    November 18, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Eunice

    Black man in the the White House..........I don't know WHAT head-up RNC. A bad joke if you ask me and sound like you are a bad joke also.

    November 18, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Ade

    Micheal Steel won the Chairmanship position because republicans wanted to portray themselves as a party that also has African american members.He won because Obama became President.Now that they think they have found their mojo back, time up Mr Steele. It is not because we did not do well in the last election, it is because we are not used to a 'BLACK FACE" representing our party.

    November 18, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Anthony

    Micheal Steele was never wanted by the RNC as this is no surprise. They used him to see if that could possibly sway minorities voting Republican but it did not work. What is even sadder is that Steele did not get the picture and thought that he was going to be accepted trying to force a round peg into a square hole.

    November 18, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. lforlegend

    Sounds like diversity in the ol' party is not important, good bye and good riddence Mikey. You were never welcomed in the first place, they played you like a cheap banjo.

    November 18, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. New Age Independant

    I'm never amazed at the racist comments made by democrats these days. They claim to be fighting for the black people, but all they really want is their votes. And they do damned little to get them. Steele isnt much of a leader. Both parties care only for the appearances ahead of substance. Forget color, it's all about the man. This is something that Democrats cant get past...

    November 18, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. MaryAnn In VA

    Mr Steele has been used by the RNC. Did'nt he preside over the biggest take over of congress in history? Mr Steele needs to take the RNC and the Republican Party to the woodshed and finally stand up and show some backbone.

    November 18, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    I love the picture CNN – While they are trying to KICK OUT an African American from the RNC, it seems as if STEELE is PLEADING for his job!!! You know, "Please Mr. W Man – let me keep my job BOSS!!!!! I got a wife and KIDS to feed..... PLEEEEAAAAASSSSSSEEEE!!"

    Come on now!!! Steele should RESIGN and go Rogue!!! He would make more money pulling a SARAH PALIN – only talking on Fox News............. Oh NO, Wait a MINUTE – he can no longer talk there – he would have to come to CNN and/or MSNBC to get his story out!!!

    I almost feel sorry for him............................NOT!! But I also can see through what the RepTARDS are doing!!! It's AIN'T right!!

    Let’s keep Moving America Forward and as we DO – the rest of the “closet people” will surface and the HATE will really show – President Obama is our current LEADER!!!

    November 18, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. S. In California

    It's back to the fields for you. You've been in the house too long.

    November 18, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. George of the jungle

    well they got all the milage they could out of steel so now it is time to kick him to the curb an find some one else. typical repo stratigy. Loyalty is not one of their trates/wonder who they will pander to ow ?do you need the latin vote???Put palin in his place and we can finish off they party in one clean stroke. Repos eat their own

    November 18, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Manuel

    Now that the GOP does'nt need the black man anymore he is getting kicked to the curb...what a joke

    November 18, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Shawn

    If Steele is so dumb that he couldn't see this coming a LONG TIME AGO, as in when he was first elected, he deserves to be made a fool of.

    November 18, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Georgia Girl

    I am not surprised. I predicted this would happen when Steele got the positon. Republicans are working on two fronts. One, try to make Obama a one termer (won't happen) and 2. Get rid of Steele. No wonder the country's business is not being handled.

    November 18, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. Donnatella

    Now that they have some of their power back the token is no longer needed, they can go out on a all out racist spree against the president, If their is a god in the sky all of this is going to back fire on them, not firing Steele they should of got rid of this dummy a long time ago.

    November 18, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Stephen B.

    Makes perfect sense for present republican leadership to remove Steele. He was unable to gain the trust and support of significant republican donors. That club remains homogenous and Steele was not sophisticated enough to overcome their intolerance. Sober up Steele. It's always about money!

    November 18, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. jt35

    Surprise, surprise. Another southern white male republican leads the charge to oust a black male out of a leadership position. Well, where are all of the republican/conservatives ready to say enough of this "experiment" (like they did with POTUS Obama)? Steele damaged himself with some silly antics and having the nerve to rebuff King Rush (until he was slapped down) and put himself in this position. Otherwise, he has been at the helm of an organization that has been ushering in some of the biggest republican victories in decades. But of course, he had nothing to do with it...

    November 18, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. e01938

    It's nice the GOP could find a class traitor in Michael Steele to "head" the GOP. He's about as qualified as the other class traitor in the supreme court. I'm sure neither of these men can dance.

    November 18, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. ronalde

    that's right kick the fool to the curb.

    November 18, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |