Steele joins MSNBC
Michael Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and head of the Republican National Committee, will join MSNBC as a regular political commentator, the network announced Monday.
The new position comes after months of speculation about Steele’s next move. A regular guest on the cable news circuit, Steele had previously been in talks with Fox News and CNN.
“It’s an honor to contribute and engage in the dialogue on MSNBC,” Steele said in a statement released by the network Monday. “I look forward to engaging a diverse audience to share insights and analysis about the people, issues, and events shaping America’s future. I’m sure our discussions will be both informative and a bit spirited!”
As a Republican, Steele will stand out on the network -- which is known more for its liberal commentary -- just as the 2012 GOP presidential nomination fight takes shape. The job starts immediately and Steele will appear regularly on the "full lineup of MSNBC programing," the network said.
“His strong voice and opinions will be a great addition to all of our programs,” Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, said in a statement.
Steele's latest move was first reported by Politico.
Steele, the party’s first black leader, had a rocky tenure at the RNC and ultimately pulled out of his bid for a second term in January. Steele, 52, also served as Maryland’s lieutenant governor from 2003 until 2007 under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.