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Report: Coleman considering bid for Republican National Committee chairmanship

By Felicia Sonmez

Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), who lost to Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) by 312 votes last year in a grueling seven-month recount, is reportedly flirting with the possibility of running for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

According to a Politico report, Coleman has floated the idea in discussions with "multiple high-level GOP officials" and is planning to attend the RNC's summer meeting in Kansas City next month.

The former senator has maintained an active political presence since his unsuccessful reelection bid; he serves as CEO of the American Action Network. The group, which launched in late February, has aired TV ads on behalf of Republican Senate candidates in Florida and Washington State as well as in a handful of House races, including the special election in Pennsylvania's 12th district this year. (Coleman also maintains an active presence on Facebook.)

It's not the first time a potential Coleman run for RNC chairman has been floated -- speculation was rampant long before Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) signed the election certificate sealing Franken's win in June 2009.

The latest round of buzz comes as Michael Steele, the embattled chairman of the RNC, faces a new round of criticism over his management of the committee's finances just weeks after he made controversial comments regarding the war in Afghanistan.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 22, 2010; 6:52 PM ET
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"Just think how well Republicans would be doing with strong, intelligent, and dynamic leadership. Democrats (socialists) would become an endagered species.
Posted by: battleground51 | July 23, 2010 6:08 AM"

Hmmmmm. Strong, intelligent, and dynamic? Well that obviously leaves out anyone in the Republican Party. Planning on trying to draft a Democrat?

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | July 23, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

i wouldlove to see GOP make their token afro american step aside..esp for a kvetch tunoff like coleman,,, loving this intr party fight over 2 diff losers calling the hsots for the GOP.. only 10 percent approve of GOP anything in the 7/22 poll tom quinipiac//

Posted by: whatbull | July 23, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

i wouldlove to see GOP make their token afro american step aside..esp for a kvetch tunoff like coleman,,, loving this intr party fight over 2 diff losers calling the hsots for the GOP.. only 10 percent approve of GOP anything in the 7/22 poll tom quinipiac//

Posted by: whatbull | July 23, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Why don't these former elected officials ever get a real job? All they want to do is live off of a government job. What a bunch of leaches.

Posted by: monbac07 | July 23, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

FACTS, Coleman won the election until Acorn found over 800 felons to vote. Check with the city Attorneys in Minneapolis and St. Paul who have already convicted three of them and hundreds more upcoming. Guess the Dems should clean their own houser with the thousands of voter complaints about Acorn and the Black Panthers for many crimes across the US, who they still allot Federal tax payers money to under a diffrent name.

Posted by: cowboybill117 | July 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"If I have this correct, some people expect the ex-Minnesota senator that lost his seat to a neophyte, Al Franken in the last elections to bring excitement and joy in the party? I doubt it."


Senator Coleman's legacy is much more interesting than that. In 1998, he lost in the Gov race to... Jesse Ventura. The one statewide election he did win was against Sen Wellstone, who died less than a week before the election.

Can't dispute one thing though, Sen Coleman is a prolific fundraiser, which is a critical skill for a head of a party's national committee.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 23, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The RNC has been so well served by their attempt to put a different face on their party by choosing a "token". I can only imagine the success that Norm Coleman will bring to the party. Male, pale and very, very stale!!!

Posted by: sanders2 | July 23, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Good! Another chance to dig up exactly how much NC got from his friends besides hundreds of thousands of dollars Neimans suits for him and his wife and "consulting fees". Everyone in MN knows about it. Now time for America to find out. Nannygate, Parisgate, Palmbeachgate. The investigations in to his corruption and his friends out right violation of election laws can finally be completed.

Posted by: MaryG11 | July 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Do-Nothing Norm is just as good as Do-Nothing Steele. Good luck, republicans.

DAStubbs
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | July 23, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

If I have this correct, some people expect the ex-Minnesota senator that lost his seat to a neophyte, Al Franken in the last elections to bring excitement and joy in the party? I doubt it.

Posted by: bestowens | July 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

battleground51 -- tell me the last time Republicans had any "strong, intelligent, and dynamic leadership". They are too busy with worrying about constitutional amendments against gay marriage and flag burning. Please awake from ridicules daydream.

Posted by: ebabin | July 23, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

battleground51 -- tell me the last time Republicans had any "strong, intelligent, and dynamic leadership". Please awake from ridicules daydream.

Posted by: ebabin | July 23, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Republicans need a real spokesman and not an affirmative action buffoon. Democrats have shot both their feet off this year and will take a beating in November. This without any help or hurt from Republicans.

Just think how well Republicans would be doing with strong, intelligent, and dynamic leadership. Democrats (socialists) would become an endagered species.

Posted by: battleground51 | July 23, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

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