Michael Steele wants to be next RNC Chairman
Maryland’s former Lt. Governor Michael Steele wants to be the next Chairman of the Republican National Committee and is likely to formally announce his candidacy for the post on Thursday. Steele is well qualified for the post and this blog heartily endorses his candidacy.
Steele was Maryland’s first and only Republican Lt. Governor, serving in that capacity from 2003-2007 under Bob Ehrlich—which made him the highest ranking African American in the history of the Seventh State. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. In 2006 he ran for the U.S. Senate, losing to Ben Cardin by 11 points in a heavily Democratic state in a bad year for Republicans. He later became, and still is, the chairman of GOPAC. FOXNews indicates that Newt Gingrich, the founder of GOPAC, is not interested in the RNC post and may soon endorse Steele.
Steele would make a great RNC Chairman. He’s run a the party on the state level—in a heavily Democratic state—held office, raised money, and comes across very well on TV when explaining conservative positions. A lawyer by training, he was mentioned by some as a possible Vice Presidential pick for John McCain this past election. I think he could help re-brand the GOP and make it the party of ideas again. Those wishing to show support for his bid should visit DraftMichaelSteele.com and sign their petition.