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November 2, 2010

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.

Posted by Paul West at 10:22 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Maryland election 2010
        

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"Nope. Haven't made up my mind,"

Read: I know I'm about to lose my cushy job but haven't been able to line up another one let alone actually find anyone foolish enough to give me cash for a campaign.

Not a Steele fan but the criteria for Chairman of the art is basically two areas. Raise money and win elections, and my has he manage to do just that.

Got to give him his props!

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