Michael Steele will face opposition in RNC chair race
With his term as chairman of the Republican National Committee soon coming to an end, Michael Steele is faced with a decision on whether or not to run again. But it he does, he’ll have competition:
Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis announced this morning that he will run to be chairman of the Republican National Committee, becoming the first — though almost certainly not the last — candidate in the race against Michael Steele.
“We cannot be misled by our victories this year,” Anuzis wrote in an announcement posted on his blog. “Chairman Steele’s record speaks for itself. He has his way of doing things. I have mine.”
Anuzis, clearly hoping to emerge as the choice of the anti-Steele forces within the 168 member Republican National Committee added that “I will NOT strive to be the voice or the face of our party” — seeking to draw a direct contrast with high profile (and gaffe prone) current chairman.
This is the second time Anuzis is making a bid to lead his party. He ran and lost in 2009, dropping out after the fifth ballot.
In addition to Anuzis, there are at least four other people making calls to RNC members to test the waters for a bid, according to an informed source on the committee. That quartet includes: Wisconsin Republican party chairman Reince Priebus, who managed Steele’s 2009 RNC campaign, veteran GOP strategist Maria Cino, Connecticut Republican party chairman Chris Healy and former Ambassador Ann Wagner.
You can view a list of other potential candidates here.
Steele defeated Katon Dawson on the sixth ballot in 2009 to become chairman of the RNC. He has since been drawn into controversies, including a dispute with Rush Limbaugh and making very true statements about Afghanistan that upset some members of the GOP.