Washington (CNN) - Michael Steele has a bone to pick.
After Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus announced a "50 state strategy" last week that will deploy paid field staffers in every state in a push to rebuild the GOP's stale voter contact operation, Steele, the party's former chairman, said he "had to laugh."
(CNN) - It's the season of election post-mortems, and one former Republican National Committee chairman offered his perhaps blunt thoughts about why his party "got outplayed and outflanked" in 2012.
Michael Steele was swept in as the RNC chairman after major GOP losses in 2008, then ousted after some GOP leaders thought the Republicans' gains in the 2010 midterm elections came in spite of his leadership and at great cost. Some saw him as unconventional and others considered him damaging to the party.
(CNN) - Michael Steele, the newly ousted chairman of the Republican National Committee, said he's "disappointed" he lost the recent election but that many in his party are relieved.
"I think the people in the party, particularly the establishment, are breathing a sigh of relief," Steele said Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room." "They have control of the RNC now; let's see what they do with it."
(CNN) – It doesn't appear former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will be patching things up any time soon with his onetime friend and protégé Reince Priebus – the man who took Steele's job.
Oxon Hill, Maryland (CNN) - The Republican National Committee tossed out controversy-plagued chairman Michael Steele Friday and tapped Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus to lead the debt-ridden party organization into the 2012 presidential election cycle.
Priebus remains largely unknown to Washington's political class but is now tasked with rebuilding the committee's damaged relationship with deep-pocketed GOP donors and raising hundreds of millions of dollars to compete with President Obama's re-election campaign.
Oxon Hill, Maryland (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele dropped his re-election bid Friday and endorsed former Bush administration official Maria Cino to succeed him.
"I really thank you for the chairmanship of this party, for the two years that I have had and at this time I will step aside for others to lead," he said. "But in so doing I hope you all appreciate the legacy I leave despite the noise. Despite the difficulties, we won."
Washington (CNN) - It's anybody's guess which candidate will emerge as the next chairman of the Republican National Committee after Friday's election (see voting tally here), but RNC watchers largely agree on one thing: the reign of Michael Steele has come to an end.
The phrases "Steele's toast" and "Steele's done" were confidently thrown out by three different RNC delegates supporting rival candidates when asked Thursday to forecast the election, and even some of Steele's most ardent supporters privately admit that the outlook is grim.
Washington (CNN) - Facing his rivals for the Republican National Committee chairmanship in public for the first time since announcing his re-election bid, Michael Steele on Monday defended himself in the face of criticism that he let the party's finances languish during a historic election cycle.
Steele was appearing at a debate between RNC candidates sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, the Susan B. Anthony List and The Daily Caller.
Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will be in the hot seat Monday when he faces, for the first time, the candidates seeking to replace him atop the cash-strapped party organization.
But Monday's debate at the National Press Club will also be a key hurdle for the man widely regarded as the frontrunner in the race: Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, a soft-spoken Milwaukee attorney who remains largely unknown to Washington's political class.
(CNN) – James Bopp, a longtime member of the Republican National Committee, whom Chairman Michael Steele last week called an "idiot," has thrown his support behind Reince Priebus in the race for the RNC's top post.
"I view our goal to elect a Chairman of the RNC who has the vision and skill set to maximize the effect of the RNC on the 2012 elections. A corollary goal is the defeat of Michael Steele, as he has demonstrated that he is not capable of accomplishing this goal," wrote the outspoken Bopp in a letter to committee members Wednesday.