WASHINGTON — Defying both his critics and earlier reports of his impending departure, RNC Chairman Michael Steele told fellow committee members on Monday that he would run for a second term in the post.
The reelection quest was greeted by cheers from some corners of the Democratic Party — giddy at the prospects of GOP infighting and rhetorical stumbles — as well as befuddlement from some Republicans. Steele had reportedly been hinting he would leave the post, unsure that the support was there to continue. However, in the immediate aftermath of his announcement, allies were arguing that he would get the necessary votes.
Announcing his plans, Steele sent out a four-page statement to RNC members as well as two fact sheets touting the achievements made during his two-year tenure. The entire package was passed along to The Huffington Post. Doug Heye, an RNC spokesman, said he could not “comment on anything in relation to the RNC Chairman’s race.” But the two other memos have been previously reported as an official committee document.