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Posted at 7:08 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Republican chairman's race: Who's in the running (Updated)

By Washington Post Editors

Updated 11/19/2010 04:31 p.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele has yet to formally announce whether he will seek a second two-year term, but that has not stopped others from declaring that they will run against him or hinting at their intention to do so.

The 168 members of the RNC will vote on the matter in January. In the meantime, we will be keeping a tally of those who have formally announced they will be running for the chairmanship or have hinted that they are considering a bid:

-- Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis announced Nov. 12 that he will run to be chairman of the Republican National Committee, becoming the first -- though almost certainly not the last -- candidate in the race against Michael Steele. Read More

-- Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins has been considering whether to run for the chairmanship of the party's national committee, three sources familiar with his thinking said Nov. 16. The bid would come hard on the heels of Collins's resignation from the RNC. Read more

-- Former Republican National Committee official Mario Cino is dipping her toe in the water for a run at the RNC chairmanship, forming a working group to explore a bid and registering a campaign website. Read more

--Ann Wagner, an ambassador during the Bush administration who was co-chairwoman of the RNC from 2001 to 2005, has been meeting with RNC members to gauge her potential support and "is taking a very serious look at this," Republican consultant John Hancock said Friday. Read more

By Washington Post Editors  | November 16, 2010; 7:08 PM ET
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Why Maria Cino?

Because she is a powerhouse chief executive with the public persona to match. She's extremely likable, with the requisite public speaking eloquence to make an impact on the public.

In light of current concerns, she has the executive/managerial record of major, impressive results, and which especially reflect fiscal responsibility and prudence; in her political roles, she has demonstrated a deep respect for the power of the ground game and the requirements for its successful implementation.

Do not take a chance. Go with the one with the best record of bringing the right results: Maria Cino!

Posted by: NightwingNoVA | November 22, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Steele applied to take a job, got it, then assumed he was elected king. He spent a lot of money remodeling his office (which was good enough for his predecessor) and then placed a lot of his friends in key jobs -- which is OK. Then, Steele decided to pay his friends substantially more than the RNC employees they replaced -- which is not good.

Steele treated the job as the "position of king" and lived like he was king -- private jets (very expensive), unnecessary limousines (expensive), luxury hotel suites (expensive), lavish entertainment (expensive). Then, he scheduled the RNC's national meeting in Hawaii -- very expensive. Many Republicans thought 2010 was a good year to hold the RNC meeting close to home, not almost 5,000 miles away.

Steele says it was not a good economy for raising money and that was why he was $60 million short of the amount the RNC raised in 2006. Yet, Haley Barbour, Chairman of the Republican Governors Council, raised a record of more than $50 million.

Many major donors, looking at the expenses of RNC, decided not to contribute to RNC, but to individual candidates and other Republican groups. For example, Karl Rove and some other top Republicans raised more than $60 million. They had money to give candidates at the end of the cycle, when money is most needed -- when the RNC did not.

Steele not only ran the RNC out of money but he borrowed the maximum of the RNC's credit lines, and still did not have enough money at the end of the election cycle -- the most important time that RNC generally gave funds to help candidates push themselves across the winning finish line.

Steele also decided to go into the speech-making business for personal gain and hired a speakers bureau to sign up speeches for him. Notice he was promoting himself -- not the Republican Party or the RNC.

Then, Steele decided to write a book (on whose time?) about his fabulous life -- again for a profit. Then, he spent time traveling, promoting his book.

In short, Steele failed to do his primary job of raising money and helping Republican candidates get elected -- all the while spending time writing a book and making speeches to promote himself, while accumulating out-of-line expenses for RNC.

Time for Steele to gracefully bow out, because with Gentry Collins' resignation letter and criticism from inside the RNC, Steele will not win reelection.

Now, we'll find out if Steele has any loyalty to the Republican Party. If he has any, he will resign gracefully. If not, he will fight to keep his "king" position -- which he will lose.


Posted by: RonKH | November 17, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: abulaw | November 16, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: abulaw | November 16, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Steele got the job after our first African-American president was elected. Steele's qualifications -- he's African-American. And the party of greed and rip-off panicked thinking "Americans want a black man! We better get one!" Now, they got over their panic and now they are gonna get rid of Steele because he presided over their huge victory! What absurdity!! The rip-off party strikes again!

Posted by: pdurand | November 16, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

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