Skip to comments.Michael Steele falls further behind in RNC chair campaign
Posted on 12/28/2010 11:08:27 AM PST by iowamark
More than one-third of RNC members have publicly stated their intentions.
According to The Hotlines latest whip count, Michael Steele continues to fall behind former Wisconsin GOP chair Reince Priebus in his bid to maintain his position as chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Iowan Gentry Collins has picked up one delegate, bringing his total to three and leaving him badly trailing in the race for the RNCs top spot.
As of Monday, Priebus was publicly supported by 22 voting RNC delegates, compared to only 12 behind Steele. Former Michigan Republican chair Saul Anuzis is breathing right down Steeles neck with 11 pledges delegates, and former RNC co-chair Ann Wagner is in the mix with 10 supporters.
With the Jan. 14 vote for the next chairman fast approaching, over one-third of the RNC delegates have publicly stated their voting intentions. As noted two weeks ago, Steeles deficit in supporters is likely closer to the sum of all the challengers delegates rather than just Priebus alone, as those RNC members have already decided to back someone besides the incumbent Steele and will be likely to switch their allegiance to one of the other challengers once their initial favorite drops from the ballot.
The Hotline also reported that Priebus has managed to pull away a key Steele ally for his corner:
""On Sunday, California national committee member Shawn Steel made public his decision to back Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus. The Californian had been a key member of Steeles kitchen cabinet and one of the incumbent chairmans top defenders.
The defection, rumored for a week, is seen as a major blow to Steeles dwindling re-election hopes.""
“”More than one-third of Republican National Committee members have declared their support for one of the six contenders seeking the chairmanship, and with just over two weeks to go the race remains wide open.
The big movers over the weekend: Former RNC co-chairman Ann Wagner, who picked up support from the West Virginia delegation, and former Bush administration official Maria Cino, who announced her first public endorsements. Those nods came from several highly-regarded voters who have served on the committee for years.
So far, at least 64 committee members have publicly said they back a candidate. We consider an endorsement either a comment in a publication or a release from a candidate’s campaign. Missing any names? Email us and let us know.
The Hotline’s latest RNC whip count:
REINCE PRIEBUS (22)...
MICHAEL STEELE (12)...
SAUL ANUZIS (11)...
ANN WAGNER (10)...
MARIA CINO (6)...
GENTRY COLLINS (3)...
IMO, this is where Sarah Palin could do allot of good for the advancement of Conservatism.
She should be the RNC Chair.
In fact I think she could do more here than she could right now at the President.
Reince Priebus sounds very promising. I definitely like his pro-life views and is against gay marriage. He says he wants to consult his family but who is that Mom and Dad? Wife? Children? Just want to get a bit more information on his so that we don’t end up with a DADT candidate. He does seem pretty conservative though.
You have a great point! Palin is a perfect choice for the GOP Chair!......Tom Selleck would be another excellent choice, however since he won’t step up, Sarah Palin is imho, top Pick!
The RNC Chair election will be January 15. Contact your state RNC members and lobby for a conservative choice against Steele.
Reince Priebus? Not exactly a house hold name.....too young, and looks weak..........the GOP needs a known face with strength behind the face and the person.
Oh yeah—the RNC chair is so much more influential than the president.
True. Are we running out of time though?
I did some cursory research on Reince Priebus.
He appears to be a staunch conservative but there is some question about his involvement with stimulus funds.
I definitely don’t support Mary Cino who a Rino diversity choice.
There appears to be only 3 choices for conservatives:
Reince Priebus, Gentry Collins and Saul Anuzis are the only candidates that I see have committed to supporting pro-life pro-traditional marriage candidates. I’m not to hot on Saul Anuzis and don’t know much about Gentry Collins.
I personally think maybe Steele’s return might not be so bad. Sure he said some stupid crap and did some stuff that looked bad but Steele has learned the hard way and has responded to the grass roots. Plus I’m sure a lot of the things he said were in line with an internal strategy agreed on internally at the RNC after Obama won in 2008 which explains some of the stuff he said that appeared out of character. I think personally that many of the big wigs want to put someone in that will pave the way for Romney and moderates. Steele is not perfect but I’m not excited by any of his replacements.
Can’t we find someone in the RNC named Bob?
Sarah would be great. She would rewrite the role of RNC chair.
from the list above:
Yeah,Priebus looked good to me until it looked like the Barbours were backing him; that has me worried. Too bad Steele has been so horrid, because I think part of his heart is actually with the tea partiers instead of the Establishment.
We need someone who looks like John Wayne. ;-)
We need someone who looks like John Wayne. ;-)
Looks weak, unknown? Lol....Before McCain picked Palin she was a backwoods Gov. of Alaska. Priebus led the Wi Republicans to pick up the Governor’s office, throw 3 term incumbent Sen Feingold out of office, pick up two of the five US House seats the Rats held in Wisconsin, and helped the Republicans gain control of BOTH houses in the state legislature.
No other state in the union saw as big a blue to red shift as Wisconsin, and Priebus is in large part responsible for that. He recruited quality candidates for both the US House seats the Republicans gained, as well as encouraged Ron Johnson to run for Senate, and helped pick a lot of the new Republican state legislators.
Steele was a known commodity and look how that turned out. Reince is a rising star and your superficial analysis is pretty pathetic.
I kind of hope he doesn't win, because every time I see his name, I think it says Prince Reibus.
But it would behoove Republicans to treat him decently and honorably, and continue to allow him to have a place at the table.
I believe Steele got screwed initially but I’ve seen him really paying attention to and embracing the grass roots as he has grown in his role. I didn’t know Priebus was a Barbour pick. I don’t trust Barbour personally. If the RNC wants to regain credibility it needs to elect someone to the position who will not alienate the grass roots.
I wish Sarah had set her sights on this job.
He’s not running for President.
Who cares if the general population recognizes his name. The majority of the general population probably doesn’t even know who the Vice President is.
The RNC chair has two jobs. Raising money and organizing a good ground game in elections. To do that he or she doesn’t need to be well known by the public, old, or look like John Wayne.
I really don’t know the guy that well beyond his political successes. I personally don’t care who the RNC Chair is if it’s not a conservative. A strong conservative RNC Chair could be useful to our cause but someone who isnt a conservative would not be and I’d rather the Chairmanship wither and die with Steele then fight for an example a Karl Rove acolyte.
On a political level he’d be a good choice. Turned a blue state red, kicked out a long term Democrat Senator who partnered with McCain against free speech. I’m not really sure how much credit he can be given for Johnson’s win. He was a Tea Party candidate that came out of nowhere and seemed a natural at running a winning campaign on his own but the state wide success should speak to Reince’s favor. If I were basing this decision on political success he’d be the perfect choice. In his favor he’s not one of the older establishment as Barbour is, though Barbour is one of the few competant Republicans nationally at constructing winning campaigns.
IF he’s a conservative I’d back the guy for Chair, not that the rich guys care what I think.
Thank you. You guys are a whiz at finding things on computers. Well he does have a hot wife.
Steele spent waaaay too much money, asking me for more money.
Those funds should have been spent supporting CONSERVATIVE candidates!
Who would you then want as our presidential nominee—once you had conveniently got Palin out of the way?
When it comes to her being President, I am not so sure that can happen. (just my gut)
On the left, women will get behind a woman, any woman. But the necessary middle doesn't seem to fall that way.
Just another bunch of Mitbots trying to move ALL the pro-life personalities off the stage at the Republican national Presidential nominating convention.
Why don't you guys go try to do that some other way where you can be successful ~ like gunfire ~ make the rest of us "official victims" so we can win the election without even needing to campaign.
BTW, no way you guys are taking over the party machinery so's you can get away with killing babies.
Sorry, but Sarah has stated her forte and desire is NOT a job whose #1 goal is raising money.
She has bigger fish to fry with her leadership skills and conservative vision to reclaim America.
You didn’t even begin to answer my question!
(Most ‘I love Sarah but’ Freepers don’t want to answer. Often, but by no means always, because they are the paid Mitt/Establishment guys posting here for their team’s agenda.)
As chair of the RNC, I think Sarah would have more influence on the direction of the party and it's influence on those already in congress. She would be an especially strong factor in the 2012 national elections.
Of course it's only my gut feeling; but, I don't yet see Sarah giving middle America the confidence in her ability to compete with despots on the world stage.
I have been getting calls from the RNC. When I answer, no one says anything. I really wanted to tell them to quit calling me because I am fed up with them. : (
I think the middle knows she’d deal with the despots probably better than anyone else running. And she has won over the independent/moderate middle in the past, reaching an unheard of 90% approval rating as Alaska guv.
Most of that squishy middle is poorly informed and they only make up their minds in the last month up to the election. I agree with you that she certainly has work to do there (though I think it is a mix between overcoming the media caricature and a socio-cultural gap with the upper middle class that she has to bridge). Where we disagree is on her chances, compared to anyone else we have, of getting to a majority in the swing-vote states that matter. Look there specifically, and I think you’ll see she’s in far better shape already than the media want you to realize. I still want to see and hear more from her and the other candidates, but my guess is she’s our best hope.
Paul Ryan is another of those “American Motors’ polticians? How about Scott Walker? Ron Johnson perhaps? Have you ever listened to Reince speak? Do you think he should get any credit for helping to lead Wi Republicans out of the wilderness?
As for being one of Haley’s goombahs, I think the head of the RNC has to be connected in order to fulfill his primary mission, raising money. Being connected and being a lapdog are two different things, and since Reince is opposing Steele, I think he has shown his ability to put party ahead of people.
Not sure where you get off putting down Republicans from Wisconsin, but it is the intolerent putz’s like you that will make the tent smaller and lead to defeat in 2012. Concentrating on social issues in a time of 10% unemployment, two wars, and huge deficits is a recipe for diasaster in 2012, I only hope the religous right realizes this before they tear the party apart.
Hey, I grew up in Indianapolis. They have their old money too ~ and all into automotive stocks and bonds, or related but more advanced technologies.
They put their strength behind Romney's dad, they'll put it behind Romney Jr.
That's how they do it.
Frankly, I don't think we have any room any more for the high church people. They need to form a third party or go somewhere else maybe ~ or, they can put aside their religious bigotry and accept the fact that Republicans these days are attractive to active practicing Catholics (if not the hierarchy eh), holy rollers, and traditional hereditary Republicans who may or may not be socially conscious but who do not share the narrow monied interests of the high church folks.
NO interest in driving anyone out of the party, and mitbots and monied interested will not help him win the nomination. Mitt has too much baggage with MassaCare that he foisted on the poor subject of Mass. I just think practical has to be the mantra for 2012. Paul Ryan is going to lay the groundwork in House budget committee, the person who wants to win nomination is going to have to embrace most of Ryan’s roadmap for fiscal sanity. That will weed out a lot of the pretenders pretty quickly.
Mitt has a lot of qualities I admire, but can’t see him getting very far, even though MSM will probably try to boost him due to his moderate credentials.
There are very few “moderates” anywhere ~ and just how do you achieve moderate credentials on abortion ~ that’s kind of an either/or situation. Same with the death penalty. Or crime in the streets. Or excessive spending on non-defense related items.
Ick. :: sigh :: I used to be a big fan of Michael Steele and I still like him on a personal level (got my picture taken with him at the "Fire Nancy Pelosi" Rally on Chicago's South side), and the man actually LISTENED to me. That being said, it's clear he's fumbled as party chairman, made way too many gaffe's (he's starting to be our version of Joe Biden) and was downright embarrassing at times, so I came to conclusion it would probably be best to replace him when his term is up.
But looking at the list of potential "replacements", I don't think we'd improve much, and there's probably a good chance we'd end up with someone even worse.
I read today that our RINO combiner Illinois GOP Chairman, Pat Brady (no relation to Bill Brady), has endorsed Reince Priebus. Quite frankly, anyone who Brady is for, I'm against, and I know many Illinois conservatives who feel the same way. Much of it has to do with Brady trying to pin his own failures on Steele. Michael Steele did a lot more to promote insurgent tea party winners like Joe Walsh, compared to Brady who just ignored him. Priebus' fans here go nuts if make fun of his name, but seriously, if we elect a guy named "Reince Priebus", regardless of what his actual background is, the Dems will have a field day mocking his name constantly. Bad PR move. I also heard California RNC committeeman (and former GOP Chairman) Shawn Steel (also no relation to Michael Steele) jumped on the Priebus bandwagon when Brady did. Anyone know is Shawn Steel is a RINO?
Saul Anuzis ran against Steele for RNC Chair last time, and was a bottom of the barrel choice. I don't think that's changed at all. Anuzis record as Chairman of the Michigan GOP was abysmal. The Dems ran that state into the ground, and this guy could get absolutely no where as "opposition leader" when the ruling party had done everything wrong.
Ann Wagner... barf... the Kay Bailey Hutchison of party officials. Long time "don't rock the boat" cozy beltway insider. Zzzzz. Wasn't she Co-Chair of the national party for a long time?
Maria Cino ... there's an article here on FR about how she worked as an Obamacare lobbyist for Pfizer. That pretty much tells me all I need to know about her. I guess she was some low-level Bush adminstration bureaucrat for a while too. I'm not even going to ask her position on amnesty.
Gentry Collins seems to be the best of the bunch, but I'd give this guy about a 2% chance (at best) of getting the nod for RNC Chairman. Maybe if all the other challengers dropped out and Steele was caught on tape having an orgy with Obama. Otherwise, forget it.
I don't see any clear cut strong conservative reform choice this time around. There's no Ken Blackwell or Katon Dawson stepping up to the bat now, just the guys who even worse than Steele still looking for a promtion.
At the moment, based exclusively on performance, I’m leaning to Priebus.
In other words, voting thus far is pretty meaningless.
I’m not sure exactly how they define who’s declared and undeclared. Our RINO state party chairman in Illinois has apparently switched from Steele and now “likely Prebius”, but hasn’t publicly said so.
Sounds like some crappy Eurotrash car company. ;-d
Doesn’t sound like a good bunch.
There’s an article about Collins. Sounds like the best but I agree a longshot.
Anunzis for some reason still has plenty of fans. “Human Events” John Gizzi seems to like him.
I give him his share of the blame for our failures in MI under his tenure. I don’t care if it was just MI being a “blue state” during bad years for the GOP as his apologists say, it would be strange to promote a man with his poor record as a state party leader.
Considering the typical state party orgs and national creepy-crawlers, it's a pretty decent group.
We could be looking at a choice between Christie Todd Whitman, Tom Davis, and Gary Johnson.
I don't mind an RNC chair being an insider - most of what they do is (or should be) inside baseball anyway. Wagner would be fine, Cino a bit sketchy (seems like a stealth candidate), Steele had a good opportunity and blew it, and Priebus seems the best of the bunch.
Gentry Collins of Iowa? I dunno, Iowa hasn't been lighting the world on fire lately.
That's not good enough for you?
I certainly doubt any of the other candidates you've mentioned could do that. Be just like when Ken Mehlman was lurking around.
Too many Republicans suffer from having low expectations, and then imagining their worst fears happened ~ even in the face of victory.
It will take some work to get used to winning ~ it's hard, but others have done it, and so can you.
...standing on the sidelines, leaving the RNC in terrible financial shape, and leaving all the funding and GOTV operation to Haley Barbour and the RGA.
What a hero.
Face it, the last two years at the RNC have been a cluster*.
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