December 3rd, 2010
06:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Anuzis nabs endorsement for RNC chair

(CNN) - Republican Saul Anuzis can count on his home state to support him in his run to be chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The Michigan Republican Congressional Delegation has announced that they will support an Anuzis campaign for RNC chair.

Anuzis, the former chair of the Michigan GOP, is one of several candidates vying to challenge embattled RNC incumbent Chairman Michael Steele.

In a statement endorsing Anuzis, the delegation said Anuzis "will be a nuts & bolts type of chairman, focused on raising money, redistricting, the next wave of technology, delivering financial resources state parties and other Republican organizations need for victory, and ensuring we have to best possible ground game."

"Saul is not running to be our National Chairman to defeat any Republican – his focus is always on defeating Democrats," the delegation said in the statement. "He is not interested in running for office himself. His only concern is electing Republicans and promoting our party and our ideals. Saul is pledging to serve only one term in which we elect a Republican president. Then he will step aside and support the president's choice for RNC chair."

While the election is just six weeks away, no candidate has emerged as a consensus alternative to Steele and several hopefuls have delayed their timetables as they await an announcement on the chairman's future. If Steele bows out, it would free up his hardcore backers on the committee to look elsewhere.

In past RNC elections at this time, candidates were openly in campaign mode, traveling the country to line up support ahead of the January election. Not so this year.

"What has changed in this cycle is that Steele has not made a decision one way or the other, so that creates an uncertainty that is throwing the timing off," Anuzis told CNN earlier this week.

"He is really kind of throwing a wrench in the whole process. Everybody is kind of waiting for what the chairman is going to do."

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How many ways can the Republican party spin their reasons for getting rid of Steele, they only have one reason left, none of the others they've comeup with don't have any logic after being satisfied with Steele for 2 whole years with no complaints.

    December 3, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    Since the tea baggers, KKK and white supremacists have made racism fashionable again in the republiKKKan, party, there is no need for a token facade such as Mr. Steel.

    Now, they are "taking back our party" from the black guy.

    Used as a tool and now back to the wood shed.

    December 3, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    Everybody is in the MIX – just like the RepubliCAN'T presidential POT!!! Too many ingredients SPOILS the POT!!! No one cares what's in the Pot of Reptards!!

    December 3, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. dmog55

    Dear Mr. Steele: I think you should listen to that wonderful song sung by Bill Withers. " I'm gon spread the news, that if it feels this good gettin used, ooh you keep on using me, until you use me up!!! Mr Steele you have been used up.

    December 3, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |