Congratulations Michael Steele!

Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor, Michael Steele has captured the Republican National Committee Chairmanship.

It took six ballots but the first African-American Republican candidate won in a stunning turn of events when current Chairman Mike Duncan withdrew from the race throwing several committments to South Carolina candidate Katon Dawson. The final ballot resulted in Steele winning the race with 91 votes to Dawson’s 77.

Capping his victory speech, Steele said, “It’s time for something completely different, and we’re gonna bring it to them. Get ready baby. It’s time to turn it on.”

Congratulations to Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele!


  1. Veritas Vincit says

    Michael is a fine individual. It was a tough decision, but I think we can all get behind our new national chairman and transform this into the Greater Opportunity Party of the 21st Century!

  2. Congratulations to Michael Steele. He is a well-respected conservative who needs our support and will bring a new focus to the Party. I could not be more pleased.

  3. Ah yes, The same Michael Steele who tried to trick voters into beleiving he was a Democrat and lied about being pelted with Oreos and called the Republican label a “Scarlet R”… I’m sure that’ll work out fine.

  4. yea

  5. Ah yes, The same Michael Steele who believes the 2nd Amendment is about hunting. Another McCain clone who believes gun control is a conservative position.

    Q: Should people have access to buy assault weapons?

    A: Society should draw lines. What do you need an assault weapon for, if you’re going hunting? That’s overkill. But I don’t think that means you go to a total ban for those who want to use gun for skeet shooting or hunting or things like that But what’s the point of passing gun laws if we’re not going to enforce them? If you want to talk about gun control, that’s where you need to start. We’ve got 300 gun laws on the books right now. At the end of the day, it’s about how we enforce the law.
    Source: Washington Post interview Oct 16, 2006

    We offered the moderate McCain and got our butts handed to us. And Steele will continue the slide.

    And with Kyl/McCain refusing to filibuster the Holder nomination we further continue down the slide.

  6. Michael Steele is the future. It’s time to embrace the evolution of the RNC. The ultra right wing fringe that’s truly libertarian and not republican, need to realize they are in the wrong group. Maybe you can go call Ron Paul too. Duncan approaches pulled us down.

    God Bless Mr. Steele; I am excited again for our party!!!

  7. Good luck to him. He will need it, probably more because of fellow Republicans than because of anything Democrats do.

  8. Good luck to Steele.

    Let’s hope he gets the GOP back to it’s CONSERVATIVE Roots!

  9. Unlike McCain, Steele “gets it”, when it comes to securing our borders and NO amnesty.

    Things are looking up!

  10. Goodyear GOP says

    Drill Baby Drill!

  11. Adrock, The conservative roots is definitely not where Mr. Steele is headed. He’s a McCainiac. You know…give up our conservative principles so we appeal to “more” people.

    It took a majority of conservative National Committeemen to give us the outstanding Republican platform. So, I’m not sure how much Steele’s policies will matter over this cycle. Steele could greatly influence the platform to turn left in 2012. I think that’s what we need to watch.

  12. Tortoise,

    I researched his history, and agree it has been more Liberal than I like. I also have been watching him recently (the last year), and I know he has identified the same things I feel is wrong with the GOP. I am going into this with an open mind, and a hopeful outlook. Pretty much a “clean slate” for him. There will be plenty of time for me to rant later, if he gives me a reason.

    Until then….. cheers!

  13. Doesn’t this look like a pathetic copy by the GOP?
    Also this guy has done nothing. He was Lt Gov for 4 years. A ceremonial position and got his butt kicked in a senate where he ran as much to the left as he possibly could. And to top it all off his house was in foreclosure at one point recently. This guy is a real winner…

    To me this is a sad choice by the party, it makes us look pathetic, and weak

  14. Conservative does not mean Republican says

    I think Steele is actually a good choice. Not too many people will line up with an RNC chairman on every issue, but that’s not the point. The party is a “big tent” party with room for differing viewpoints. I think Steele’s biggest influence will not be as a conservative idealogue, but rather as a communicator and figure head for the party. The party needs someone that does well in the media and he fits the bill.

  15. Iris Lynch says

    Of the choices we had for RNC Chair, Steele was the best choice. He says he is a conservative. I am willing to give him a chance to demonstrate.

  16. Does anyone know how Bruce Ash voted? Mr. Ash seemed unable or unwilling to support anyone last weekend.

  17. Don’t worry Joe ……. I fully supported Mr Steele’s bid to become our new RNC Chair , however , the process went six ballots. Many members voted for different candidates during the process and I was no different. There were many different political dynamics going on out on the floor as the voting proceeded. Mr Steele was one of several good conservatives who ran for the position. I was proud to support Ken Blackwell and Saul Anuzis who I felt most closely matched my personal political views in many areas

    I met with Mr Steele for over 20 minutes the day before the election. I informed him I would support Ken Blackwell of Ohio , however , if Mr Steele was our choice I would proudly fight alongside him . He had no objections.

    I also told him that despite some of the criticism he had received from a few groups I actually hoped he would continue to reach across all of the GOP when he became Chairman so we could gather consensus of all the various coalitions that have made us successful in the past.

    I also urged him to concentrate on important tasks such as our new 3141 county strategy, re districting, 2010 governors races starting in 2009 with the New Jersey and Virginia governor’s races. He replied we would also compete in the New York 20th House district special election. These will be crucial tests for a new energized RNC along with the new Chairman.

    After the election was over Brett Mecum, Mike Andrews and I also had a chance to speak to Michael for a few minutes and I urged him to “turn the RNC upside down.” I mentioned that was what the members who voted for him were voting for — a new direction for the GOP. I think he received the comments with enthusiasm.

    I think we can all rely on his promise that he will count on his new officers ( especially including Randy Pullen ) and the executive committee to craft new policy for the RNC. These might be exciting new times for the Republican Party. Let’s see what all of us activists can do to help.

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