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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:53 pm 
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Looks like Steele is still very much in it.

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Said to be mulling his own bid for the post, Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer instead announced today that he is throwing his support behind GOPAC chairman Michael Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland.

"Michael has everything that the GOP desperately needs right now: the ability to communicate our message from a fresh point of view, an appreciation of how we can use technology to build the party, and the ability to reach out to new voters," Greer said in a press release.



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:06 pm 
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This hit Politico this afternoon:
Greer: Steele 'can be a visionary'
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17175.html

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Calling for “drastic change” in the GOP’s leadership, Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer announced Wednesday afternoon that he will not run for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, and instead endorsed the campaign of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele.

“We have to have someone that can be an effective manager, but most importantly can be a visionary,” Greer said. “We have to have someone that can convey the message.”

As recently as Wednesday morning, some Republican insiders thought Greer might jump into the race himself, and on Monday Greer was unwilling to rule out a bid of his own, saying there was still “an opportunity to get in.”

But a source close to Greer told Politico Wednesday morning that following meetings with all six RNC contenders, and a conversation with his wife, Greer had decided to throw his backing to Steele.

Greer, who is viewed as a moderate and a leading GOP spokesman on diversity issues, had mulled his own bid since November but repeatedly said he would only enter the race if he felt that none of the other candidates was speaking to his top issues.

At the news conference where he announced his endorsement, Greer argued that the GOP has recently spent too much time on subjects distant from middle-class voters’ lives and pointed to his home state as a place where Republicans have learned to compete better.

“The ideas that have been successful in Florida could be successful across this nation,” Greer said, citing GOP Gov. Charlie Crist’s term in office as a model for other Republicans. “We cannot be talking about issues that are not being talked about at dinner tables.”

Steele appeared at the event to accept Greer’s endorsement, saying he would “honor it by leading this party in an honorable way.”

“We’ve lost our way,” Steele said of the GOP. “What was rejected was our failure of leadership, our failure to communicate.”

Greer has spoken positively about Steele in the past, and following the RNC candidates’ Monday debate, Greer said he was impressed by Steele’s rhetoric in favor of minority outreach.

He plans to return to Florida following the RNC’s Wednesday meeting to run for reelection as state chairman, a post from which he said he will continue to speak out on national issues.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:32 pm 
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TheValuesVoter wrote:

Greer, who is viewed as a moderate and a leading GOP spokesman on diversity issues, had mulled his own bid since November but repeatedly said he would only enter the race if he felt that none of the other candidates was speaking to his top issues.

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Greer has spoken positively about Steele in the past, and following the RNC candidates’ Monday debate, Greer said he was impressed by Steele’s rhetoric in favor of minority outreach.


Argh!!! Why can't it be those who are viewed as conservatives (not moderates!) who are emphasizing the need for minority outreach!?! I'm glad Greer didn't decide to run. (I'm really not sure why someone would throw their hat into the ring this late in the race!) I've only lived in FL for a little over 2 years, so I wasn't sure about the GOP leadership here. Glad to have some new info on Greer.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:21 am 
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This could start an internal movement to coalesce around Steele as the anti_Blackwell. If more signs like this surface soon it could signal the rapid narrowing to a two-man race, and thus the final collapse of the other campaigns.

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