Steele To Announce Decision On R.N.C. Run Monday
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is expected to announce whether he plans to run for reelection in a conference call Monday night.
POLITICO reports, "Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, has built no known reelection team or structure, making the prospect of a campaign unlikely in the face of competition that grows fiercer by the day. But allies said Steele has not revealed his plans, and the chairman has been nothing if not unpredictable."
The call was announced to RNC members in an e-mail Saturday night, "Dear Members, Please join me for a private conference call, Monday December 13th at 7:30pm (EST) For your personal conference code please RSVP to ... Thank you, and I look forward to talking to you Monday evening. Michael."
The Caucus calls Steele's tenure "one of the few blemishes this year for the Republican Party," and POLITICO notes, "Republicans reaped heavy publicity in January 2009 when they chose Steele as the party’s first African-American chairman, but he has proven to be a poor fundraiser and gaffe-prone messenger."
Several top Republicans have already indicated interest in the position, withdrawing their support for Steele.
The committee will vote in January.