Surprising many political observers and even his own allies, RNC chairman Michael Steele announced in a private conference call and via e-mail last night that he would run for another term. In his statement, Steele admitted that his first go-around wasn't exactly flawless.
"I come to my bosses with a record that only you can judge, based upon directions you made clear to me from the very beginning. Yes, I have stumbled along the way, but have always accounted to you for such shortcomings. No excuses."
Well, except for when Steele claimed the RNC was being criticized "because a black man is chairman." But those days of playing the race card are over! Now is the time to judge Steele on his record alone.
Jim Bopp, a Republican National Committee member from Indiana, told The Washington Times that Mr. Steele announced his decision in a conference call with supporters and officials of the 168-member RNC on Monday evening.
Mr. Steele ended the 40-minute call by playing what Mr. Bopp described as the "race card."
"Who you elect as our next Chairman will speak volumes about our willingness to truly be the party of Lincoln," Mr. Steele said.
Didn't electing Michael Steele the first time demonstrate that the GOP was the party of Lincoln? We have a feeling that, to many members of the RNC, giving him a second term as chairman after he left the RNC over $20 million in debt and failed to reach fund-raising goals would only prove that they're the party of affirmative action.
Steele running for re-election [Politico]
Defiant Steele announces bid for second term at the helm of RNC [Washington Times]