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Steele Reelection Bid Announced: Read Speech, Supporting Docs Sent To Members

WASHINGTON — Defying both his critics and earlier reports of his impending departure, RNC Chairman Michael Steele told fellow committee members on Monday that he would run for a second term in the post.

The reelection quest was greeted by cheers from some corners of the Democratic Party — giddy at the prospects of GOP infighting and rhetorical stumbles — as well as befuddlement from some Republicans. Steele had reportedly been hinting he would leave the post, unsure that the support was there to continue. However, in the immediate aftermath of his announcement, allies were arguing that he would get the necessary votes.

Announcing his plans, Steele sent out a four-page statement to RNC members as well as two fact sheets touting the achievements made during his two-year tenure. The entire package was passed along to The Huffington Post. Doug Heye, an RNC spokesman, said he could not “comment on anything in relation to the RNC Chairman’s race.” But the two other memos have been previously reported as an official committee document.

In the statement announcing his reelection candidacy, Steele takes subtle swipes at his critics — noting that, “a significant number of past RNC major donors have migrated to other organizations led by former RNC Chairmen” — while delivering a veritable report card for his own tenure. He concludes with a pitch to retain his post.

So tonight I come to my bosses with a record that only you can judge, based upon directions you made clear to me from the very beginning. Yes I have stumbled along the way, but have always accounted to you for such shortcomings. No excuses. No lies. No hidden agenda.

Going forward, I ask for your support and your vote for a second term. Our work is not done; and my commitment has not ended. I believe the worst thing we can do now is to look backwards. Who you elect as our next Chairman will speak volumes about our willingness to truly be the party of Lincoln. What we do as a party must reflect the realities of the political marketplace and the voters. Growth for our movement requires new allies. We can no longer settle in the safe harbor of our comfort zone, but must reach beyond ourselves for the next generation.

Tonight I truly believe we are stronger, better and prouder because we started those things and more over the past two years. Now let’s finish the job.

SteeleStatement

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