Michael Steele Expected to Bow Out of RNC Race
Chairman to announce intentions tonight
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2010 8:39 AM CST
In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks during an election night gathering in Washington.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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(Newser) – Michael Steele will announce tonight whether he plans to run for reelection as RNC chair—and it’s looking unlikely. Steele doesn’t appear to have a reelection team in place. Still, he’s been unpredictable in the past, Politico notes. He sent out a message this weekend advising committee members of a conference call at 7:30pm tonight; the email’s tone suggested he wouldn’t run, according to three Steele critics who got the email.

If he planned to run, he probably would have spoken to RNCers individually rather than via conference call, write Mike Allen and Jonathan Martin. Steele has had a troubled stint as chairman, having faced difficulty raising funds and taking heat for gaffes. Competition for the spot is tight: Contenders include Wisconsin Republican Chairman Reince Priebus, former RNC co-chair Ann Wagner, and party official Maria Cino.

 

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