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Friday, January 14, 2011

Michael Steele out at the RNC

Well, it looks like we won't have Michael Steele to kick around anymore.

Tacitly acknowledging that he does not have the votes to win a second term, Steele dropped out of the balloting today, saying, "I will step aside because I think the party is ready for something different." What he meant, of course, is that he's stepping aside because Republican National Committee members think the party is ready for someone other than him to be running it.

Steele's successor is Reince Priebus, the chair of the Wisconsin Republican Party, who was elected after seven rounds of voting. He received a ninety-seven votes out a hundred and sixty-eight cast, according to news reports.

Steele made it through three rounds before conceding defeat. He asked RNC members to vote for Mario Cino, but they opted for Priebus.

His biography states that before he became the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, he was a state Senate candidate, committee clerk for the state Assembly's Education Committee, and law clerk for several courts, including the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. He studied law at the University of Miami.

His most important task as RNC chair will be to help whoever the Republican Party nominates for president attempt to deny President Obama a second term. Before he can do that, he'll have to repair the finances of the Republican National Committee. That shouldn't be too hard, since the party has already demonstrated that it is willing to do Wall Street's bidding. A few fundraisers with corporate lobbyists should take care of the debt and then some. If Priebus is any good at stroking egos, the RNC should have plenty of money in no time.


Blogger Martha Koester said...

Actually, after Citizens United, it doesnn't really matter how much money the RNC raises, as most of the secret corporate money will be going to Republicans. The RNC even outsourced its voter contact in 2010, with great success.

January 14, 2011 4:58 PM  

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