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RNC members will meet with Steele to discuss 'distraction,' 'concerns'

NEW ORLEANS -- In a conversation with me and my colleague Amy Gardner, Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere said that Republican National Committee members were looking for a good time to meet at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference to discuss "concerns" about the organization. From the sound of it, Michael Steele's future as party chairman wasn't really up for debate.

"It is a distraction," said Villere of the never-ending Steele story, which gained some steam after North Carolina GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer published a letter calling for Steele to go. "I don't think there's any momentum to do anything. But there's a lot of concerns, and we want to meet with him to address our concerns."

Villere will meet with Steele Friday night -- he's speaking here on Saturday -- and whenever it's possible, RNC members will hold separate meetings with and without Steele.

As Gardner reports, 31 members of the RNC -- not including Villere as of right now -- have signed a letter in support of Steele. (To be removed, Steele would need to lose the support of all but 56 members, and there is no sign of that happening.) The letter calls Steele "a full partner with state committees, responsive to our needs, and intensely interested in providing the support necessary for victory." Most RNC members, who are deeply tired of this story, aren't shy about their desire to deal with some problems, defend Steele, and move on.

By David Weigel  |  April 9, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
Categories:  Michael Steele , RNC , SRLC  
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