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Shawn Steel, a California national committee member who was one of Michael Steele’s strongest allies, announced last weekend that he is supporting Reince Priebus for RNC Chair. This defection is significant because it is almost impossible for Steele to win re-election without him. Reid Wilson writes,
“There is no path to victory for Michael Steele that does not include Shawn,” said Ron Kaufman, an influential committee member from Massachusetts who has not committed to backing a candidate but who has frequently clashed with Steele. “To most on the committee he was clearly [Steele’s] biggest supporter. His defection leaves no one left to shuffle the deck chairs on the Titanic.”
After having conversations with voting members of the RNC and learning about Shawn Steel’s defection, I am now confident in the committee’s ability to oust Michael Steele as chairman of the RNC. It appears that Steele will not be the second choice for enough of the members for him to ever reach 85 votes after other challengers start dropping out of the race.
Although often overlooked, this election is crucial to the future of the Republican Party because it will likely determine whether or not we will have the adequate ground game to compete with Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. For this reason, our goal should be more than just throwing Michael Steele out; we must elect a new chairman who can lead us to victory in 2012.
I recommend that we elect a new chairman that possesses the following qualities:
I am concerned that if we do not have a drastic change in the style of leadership at the RNC, then it will have serious consequences on the future of the Republican Party. Politically there is nothing of greater importance in the next month than the upcoming election for RNC Chair. Our ability to retain our majority in the House and elect a Republican President and Senate in 2012 will likely depend upon the effectiveness of the RNC Chair during the next election cycle.
For these reasons, I urge you to take action by contacting your RNC committee members and exhort them to support a candidate that meets the criteria set forth above. There are still some members who are uncertain who they will support. Take action and call them!
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