RNC Source: Steele Might Not Run for Reelection

November 16th, 2010 at 1:44 pm | 13 Comments |

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A senior Republican source close to the RNC tells FrumForum that Michael Steele may not even run for the RNC Chairmanship in January, and that his final decision on whether or not to run will not take place until around Thanksgiving.

Chairman Steele has been a Republican National Committee Chair with his fair share of controversy, and the personal attacks may be weighing on him. Steele’s salary at the RNC is listed at over $200,000 a year, but if Palin, Gingrich and/or Huckabee leave FOX to pursue presidential campaigns, a job in broadcasting might be available and would prove to be far more lucrative.

The source also cited the nature of the personal attacks against Chairman Steele, singling out a Daily Caller piece by Don Todd that questioned Steele’s ability to pay his mortgage based on his earnings at the RNC, without considering other sources of income, like his wife’s.

But of course, Steele’s also received criticism and calls for his resignation over some of the controversial comments that he’s made over his tenure at the RNC, including his decision to call the war in Afghanistan “a war of Obama’s making.”

The Republican National Committee Chairmanship has also presented personal difficulties for Steele – the Chairman spent his wedding anniversary away from his wife, because the Fire Pelosi bus tour had him stopping in Fargo, North Dakota that day. On his birthday in October, the Chairman was also on the road.

In any case, the source says that Steele is carefully weighing his options and is taking the decision very seriously on both a personal and professional level, and likely wouldn’t make an announcement until around Thanksgiving.

A decision to hold off on announcing a bid may not change Steele’s chances at reelection – should he chose to run – depending on the field of candidates that emerges by Thanksgiving. After all, Steele’s incumbency advantages remain: his ‘Fire Pelosi’ bus tour allowed him to reach out to many RNC members, and his campaign for reelection would be far less complex than his first campaign for the chairmanship – most of the members already know him personally.


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  • armstp

    I am sure the Republican party or some company related to the Republican Party will offer him some big job so they will not have a public fight. I am sure Steele was just holding out for a good job offer. That is the Republican way.

  • ktward

    The Republican National Committee Chairmanship has also presented personal difficulties for Steele – the Chairman spent his wedding anniversary away from his wife, because the Fire Pelosi bus tour had him stopping in Fargo, South Dakota that day. On his birthday in October, the Chairman was also on the road.

    Wait. Missing an anniversary and a birthday warrant exclusive mention [mis]characterized as ‘personal difficulties’? It’s this kind of silly commentary that reminds me how very young Tim is.

    Anyhoo.
    Collins’s resignation/letter had to hurt– perhaps the final nail in Steele’s RNC coffin, as it were.

  • Watusie

    Fargo, South Dakota?

  • JeninCT

    ktward wrote:

    “Wait. Missing an anniversary and a birthday warrant exclusive mention [mis]characterized as ‘personal difficulties’? It’s this kind of silly commentary that reminds me how very young Tim is.”

    Yes, Timmy, birthdays and anniversaries? Is that the best you can do?

    I personally wish he would run for the senate. I think that would be a good fit, but I agree he will most likely go the broadcasting route.

  • Tim Mak

    It’s obviously a challenge for anyone to spend an anniversary or birthday away from their family.

    But as for the Fargo thing – yup, I’ve changed that.

  • bamboozer

    If the money’s right, bet on it. Steele wore out his welcome in short order, count on the Republicans big money donors to provide a generous “severance package”.

  • TerryF98

    Pity, I liked having this clown as head of the RNC.

    He is a constant source of amusement for me and an embarrassment for wingers. That is if wingers can be embarrassed and from Jenict’s response the answer is probably no.

  • ktward

    It’s obviously a challenge for anyone to spend an anniversary or birthday away from their family.

    Sure, it’s a bummer. But like a hangnail, it’s simply not noteworthy.
    Plenty of professionals miss, out of unavoidable necessity, an occasional holiday with their families without any woe-is-me whining assigned to what are simple realities.

    Plus, these ‘personal difficulties’ played zero part in Steele’s admittedly bizarre posturing for re-election. Either you’re (curiously) more affected by Steele’s anniversary/birthday hardship than Steele is himself, or you’re just penning superfluous filler.

  • pnumi2

    There’s always the posibility of a Palin -Steele ticket kicking off in 2011.

    McCain waited too long to pick his running mate and picked badly. Palin won’t make that mistake. She’ll pick badly from the getgo.

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  • westony

    I think Steele and the RNC are setting up his job as a “hardship” on the family. It’s a respectable way to “save face”. But either way I believe “Steele is outta there”.

  • JeninCT

    Tim Mak wrote:

    “It’s obviously a challenge for anyone to spend an anniversary or birthday away from their family.”

    No, actually, it’s not. That’s the point ktward and I were making.

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