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Steele Hints at New Run for RNC Chairmanship

by Zenitha Prince
Special to the AFRO

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    Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele answers a question during a debate in Arlington, Va., in this Oct. 25, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

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Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, recently hinted at a new run for his old position.

Asked on C-Span if he would take another shot at the chairmanship, Steele said, “It’s not a bad idea. I can go shake up the house a little bit more, what do you think?”

“Are you serious?” asked the host.

“We’ll see,” Steele replied coyly.

Asked when he would announce a decision to run, Steele said, “Oh, I’ve got time for that.”

The former lieutenant governor of Maryland was booted as RNC chair when his administration came under fire for accumulating large debts and amid a series of gaffes.

When asked if his successor, current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, should run for another two years, Steele deflected the question, touting his accomplishments instead.

“That’s going to be something the members have to decide,” he said. “Just as they decided on my chairmanship, winning 63 House seats, taking control—the first time that’s happened in over a generation; 700-plus legislative seats around the country; a multitude of governorships; picking up U.S. Senate seats; raising $198 million in an off-year election without the White House, without the Congress [House of Representatives] and without the Senate. OK? That’s what I did, and I got fired for it.”

Steele’s tenure lasted from 2009 to 2011.

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