After Waiting to Join Race, RNC Chair Steele Now Says He’s Seeking Reelection

December 14, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—As other candidates joined the race to become the next chair of the Republican National Committee, current chair Michael Steele kept silent, leading many analysts—including those close to him—to assume he was going to decline a second bid as chair. But yesterday Steele surprised nearly everyone by announcing during a conference call with RNC members that he will indeed seek second term, CNN reports.

Steele’s two-year run as RNC chief has been rocky, with him having to defend several verbal gaffes, as well as speculation about whether he is capable of raising money from big donors. While on the call, Steele said the RNC, under his reign, deserves a share of the credit for Republican gains in the November election, and defended his ability to raise money, CNN notes.

“You cannot take away the fact that we raised $179 million,” Steele said during the call, noting that the amount is higher than what the Democratic National Committee raised in 2006 when the Republicans were in power, CNN said. Steele will need the support of at least 85 of the RNC’s 168 members as he runs against at least five other challengers who have already joined the race.


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