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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:34 am 
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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he will run for a second term.

The news was posted on the Twitter account of Saul Anuzis, a former Michigan GOP party chairman who is among several candidates seeking to oust Steele. The RNC will pick its chairman next month.

Steele outlined his record during a conference call tonight with the 168-member committee. "I'm asking tonight for your support, I'm asking for another term," Steele said, according to an ABC News blog post.

The embattled Steele has come under fire for his financial management of the party. The committee is expected to play a key role in the 2012 presidential election, in which there will be a spirited fight among Republicans to take on President Obama.

Steele, former lieutenant governor of Maryland, was elected in 2009 after the Democratic Party was energized by Obama's White House victory. Steele has been criticized for, among other things, comments that the Afghanistan is "a war of Obama's choosing" even though the conflict began in 2001.

Steele's fundraising and financial record will likely come up in the chairman's race. Steele and the party were embarrassed last spring by revelations that nearly $2,000 in RNC funds were spent at a lesbian bondage club.

Going into this year's midterm elections, the party lagged behind Democrats in fundraising and state Republican committee leaders in Ohio and other states had complained Steele wasn't doing enough help them in key races. Even though Republicans won 63 seats to win the House majority and will hold most governorships next year, Steele was not given much credit for those victories.

The New York Times reported, citing unnamed participants on Steele's conference call, that the chairman admitted he has "stumbled" but has "accounted to you for such shortcomings."

In a post-election interview with NPR, Steele said he doesn't pay attention to his critics. He indicated the RNC should focus less on itself as an institution and pay closer attention to building the Republican Party in the states.

There are several candidates who have already jumped into the race to succeed Steele. They include:

* Maria Cino, who ran the 2008 Republican national convention in St. Paul and has the backing of former Vice President Cheney and ex-RNC chairman Ed Gillespie.
* Reince Preibus, chairman of the Wisconsin GOP and a Steele ally.
* Saul Anuzis, a former Michigan GOP leader who ran in the last RNC chairman's race.
* Gentry Collins, the party's former political director who recently had a very public break with Steele.
* Ann Wagner, a former ambassador to Luxembourg during President George W. Bush's administration.

(Posted by Catalina Camia)


well, we spoke too soon. let the games begin.

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