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Steele's Rocky Road

Michael Steele has had a rocky start to his tenure as chairman of the RNC.

By Chris Cillizza and Perry Bacon Jr.
The honeymoon period for Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is officially over, with many in the chattering class criticizing the early days of his tenure and rumors circulating that an effort to oust him is in the works.

Taegan Goddard's "Political Wire" blog reported this morning that Katon Dawson, the runner up to Steele in the RNC chair race, was "quietly organizing" a no-confidence vote on Steele to be held following the March 31 special election race in New York's 20th district.

Dawson contradicted that report, however, in a statement released to the Fix among other media outlets today. "I support Michael Steele," said Dawson. "The people behind this anonymous rumor are clearly intent on dividing the Republican National Committee and our Party at a time when we need to be united."

Curt Anderson, a Republican consultant with close ties to Steele called the no-confidence vote "silly," adding: "The Chairman is in the midst of an unprecedented RNC member driven transition process that has wide support from both those who voted for him and those who did not."

While the no-confidence rumor appears to be nothing more than just that, the fact that it started at all is evidence of the unhappiness directed at Steele in some quarters of the party.

Continue reading at The Fix»

Posted at 4:30 PM ET on Mar 11, 2009  | Category:  Republican Party
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Was it something he said?
Or was it the FBI investigation into his campaign for Lt. Gov.?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 12, 2009 1:49 PM

If Steele does not go on Colbert within a week, he loses by default.

Posted by: JakeD | March 12, 2009 11:42 AM

"May I ask how long you are going to give [Steele] the benefit of the doubt?"

Posted by: nodebris | March 12, 2009 12:49 AM

I'm still waiting for Steele to go on Colbert and kick his white ass.

Posted by: JakeD | March 11, 2009 9:33 PM

Was there ever a honeymoon?

Posted by: JRM2 | March 11, 2009 7:54 PM

Limbaugh not Steel is the one who is out of touch.

Posted by: Gator-ron | March 11, 2009 7:44 PM

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