Steele: Not saying I'm running...yet
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele, who needed a big GOP midterm election victory to be a viable candidate for re-election to his party post, says he hasn't decided to seek another term in the job.
"Nope. Haven't made up my mind," the former Maryland lieutenant governor told CNN.
It wouldn't have been politick for Steele to have stolen the glory on his party's biggest night in six years. But both supporters and detractors consider another Steele campaign a foregone conclusion.
He'd like to preside over the RNC Convention in Tampa next year, though he may well face a challenge to keep his post. The election will take place at the RNC's winter meeting.
Steele dismissed internal criticism of RNC fundraising on his watch as "silly talk." He said the national party had put $175 million into campaigns around the country over the last two years.
He also touted his 50-state outreach to state parties, a key part of his aggressive -- if unannounced-- re-election effort, which included a recent coast-to-cost bus tour.