Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Reveal Navigation

Steele Defends Himself Steele Defends Himself Steele Defends Himself Steele Defends Himself

share
This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Politics

Steele Defends Himself

Michael Steele.(Richard A. Bloom)

November 19, 2010
While those numbers are hard to verify before the most up to date disclosure reports are filed, Republicans will likely take issue with the claim that it spent more than any other Republican entity on Republican candidates this year. The RNC made far fewer transfers to state party committees than it has in previous cycles, and other Republican groups -- such as American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS -- spent far more on TV ads for congressional candidates. And, as of Oct. 13, the RNC was $4.5 million in debt. One committee member, Saul Anuzis of Michigan, has already said he will challenge Steele for the chairmanship. There are several others who are reportedly considering a bid, including former RNC Chair Mike Duncan, former RNC co-chair Ann Wagner, Connecticut GOP chair Chris Healy, Wisconsin GOP chief Reince Priebus and former South Carolina chair Katon Dawson. Collins is also reportedly considering a run. Other prominent Republicans, like Minnesota Gov. and potential 2012 contender Tim Pawlenty (R), Republican Governors Association Chair Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) and incoming RGA Chair Rick Perry (R-Texas) have voiced concerns about whether Steele deserves a second term as party chair. In the memo, Steele also touts the RNC's get out the vote operation, arguing that approximately 8.5 million more Republican voters turned out in 2010 than in the last midterms in 2006 as a result of their efforts. In particular, he says the RNC successfully reached out to Tea Party supporters. "These new voters did not materialize out of the ether," Steele says. "For Republicans to succeed, we needed to pull off the highly difficult task of encouraging them to become active politically, and to do so through -- rather than in opposition to -- the Republican party. The RNC led the way in ensuring that Tea Party activists and other grass roots conservatives supported Republicans, and not splinter into a third party movement."
You May Find These of Interest
Get us in your feed.
Job Board
Search Jobs
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | San Jose, CA
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Traverse City, MI
Outside Sales - Membership Development
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Rochester, MN
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Key West, FL
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Danbury, CT
Outside Membership Sales Rep
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Las Cruces, NM
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Kingston, NY
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Coos Bay, OR
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | St. Augustine, FL
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Kirksville, MO
Outside Sales -Membership Development
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Colorado Springs, CO
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Newburgh, NY
Legislative Director
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Austin, TX
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Meridian, MS
Outside Sales Representative
National Federation of Independent Businesses | Hampton, VA