Steele's Rocky Road
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.
Posted at 4:30 PM ET on Mar 11, 2009
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