Monday, January 12, 2009

Michael Steele Receives Florida’s GOP Chair Endorsement for RNC Chair

Politico is reporting that the Florida State GOP Chair, Jim Greer, has endorsed Michael Steele for RNC chair. Steele is a forward thinking, energizing voice – a rarity in Beltway politics from either side. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the National Review is making light of the Greer’s support. Steele’s detractors point to his “less than stellar “conservative” resume; (From The Hill)

Several members of the steering committee have expressed concern about Michael Steele, a leading candidate for RNC chairman, and his relationship with the centrist Republican Leadership Committee. That group, founded by former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, was made up largely of abortion-rights Republicans, causing many to attack Steele's anti-abortion credentials.
Steele considers himself in the conservative camp but says he joined the centrist group to build a bridge between the two wings of the party. "Wake up people! What are you going to do? Are you going to kick [centrists] out of the party?" he said during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Steele is right: he is the most qualified candidate of the six, having successfully chaired the grassroots GOPAC, understands the need and original party creed of being inclusive, and is as media savvy as they come. (Not for nothing, he doesn’t apologize for his conservatism.)

It remains to be seen if the 168 Republican Committee members are willing to think outside of their box, this January and elect Steele as Party Chair. If so, and Steele is the GOP Chair, one can expect a reenergized and focused GOP that will reach out to all conservatives – with the Democrats facing an uphill battle with the economy and threats from abroad, (Iran, Afghanistan, etc.), now is the time for the GOP to look at qualifications not the status quo.

1 comment:

Chuck said...

Good post.

It seems as if Steele is gaining momentum but we will see. I'm pulling for him.

I think the GOP is teetering on a precipice. They can choose someone like Steele that will move the party forward and energize it. WIth this type of selection, we could get back in the game for 2010and possibly shock the Dems. Or, they could go with the status quo and let us wander in the dessert for another decade or so.

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