Much-Criticized Michael Steele Likely on His Way Out as Republican National Committee Leader

Yet more changes are afoot within the Republic Party, as reports emerge that Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is expected to drop out of the hotly contested election.

Politico reports:

Republicans reaped heavy publicity in January 2009 when they chose Steele as the party’s first African-American chairman, but he has proven to be a poor fundraiser and gaffe-prone messenger.

Challengers for his job include Wisconsin Republican Chairman Reince Priebus; Ann Wagner of Missouri, former co-chair of the RNC; Maria Cino, a longtime Republican official who is backed by former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie and former Vice President Dick Cheney; Saul Anuzis, former Michigan Republican chairman; and Gentry Collins, who served as RNC political director until last month.

Next month, we'll find out who will be the new RNC leader -- i.e., the face of the crazy new batch of Republican lawmakers during the 2012 election cycle.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 13, 2010, 3:36am

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