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Norm Coleman Won't Challenge Michael Steele for GOP Chairmanship

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Make that one more thing Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, has to be thankful for.

Former Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, who has been mentioned as one of the potential candidates for GOP chairman, made it known last week that he does not intend to challenge Steele.

Coleman said in a C-SPAN interview scheduled to be broadcast Sunday that he would not challenge Steele if he decides to run for a second term. "I am not here to do any battles with our chairman; he is a friend," Coleman said.

In an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the one-term senator who lost to Democrat Al Franken in his 2008 bid for re-election said of Steele, "I don't think he's gotten enough credit for the work he's done bringing the tea party and the Republican Party together."

Steele, the first African-American head of the Republican Party, has been under fire for questionable expenditures, like paying $2,000 for an outing to a strip and bondage club by donors and staff, and other blunders. The Associated Press reported Friday that it had interviewed 51 of the committee's 168 members and that 39 said they would prefer that Steele not be on the ballot. But Steele has indicated that he does not plan to step aside.

Even with Coleman saying he won't challenge the current chairman, Steele still faces plenty of competition. Saul Anuzis, a committman from Michigan, has announced his candidacy. Among those who are said to be potential candidates are Gentry Collins, former political director at the Republican National Committee; Maria Cino, who served in the Transportation Department under former President George W. Bush; and Missouri chairwoman Ann Wagner.

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rlgoff

It doesn't matter how the GOP did...what matters is what Steele represents with his actions and character. We expect the swamp to be drained, that includes libs and cons

November 28 2010 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anne

Born, raised, and educated in Minnesota, the first thing thing that came to mind is that Norm Coleman is a class act. I'm not a Republican, but Coleman is one that liberals and independents have reached across the aisle to work with and vote for, and this is precisely why. Regardless of how one felt about the Coleman-Franken election, regardless of why you felt Coleman didn't put up enough of a fight, his viewpoint was for the good of Minnesota, not what's best for himself. In my opinion, he's heads and shoulders above the GOP attack dog Newt Gingrich and that lipsticked pit bull that used to govern Alaska (and at least we'd never have to excuse, defend, or rationalize why Coleman can't name a single newspaper he reads). With each day, the list of presidential candidates for the GOP grows shorter not due to inadequate numbers of candidates but due to lack of presidential quality candidates that truly have dignity and class deserving of our esteem, much less our votes. Learn to expect more from a candidate when you vote in the next Republican primary, and remember there ARE still candidates deserving our respect instead of our excuses.

November 28 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Donna Cuffs

I'm in no way suggesting Michael Steele should be removed as GOP chairman, however, Ms Palin has proven herself able to obtain donations for the party (and SarahPAC) as no other candidate to date. She, at present, has star power. Why not allow her to utilize that for the entire Party? She has made mention NUMEROUS times how she is here for all of America-have her step up to the plate and as they say-"put your money where your mouth is"! Go Sarah, but go for America and the Party!

November 28 2010 at 9:18 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
nbk4real

Norm Coleman is one of the very culprits that has this nation in the mess its in...why does one, just one republican have an ounce of credibility after what occured during the bush admin is a mystery to me. In my eyes they do not in any shape way or form. The fact we elected republicans back to the house reflects an incredible amount of ignorance, low information, instant gratification, party in front of nation stupidity and exactly why our nation will never be number 1 again. We have a right wing supreme court that just handed the GOP over to the highest bidder and a nation so dumbed down, so low IQ to believe we will regain our status, pass up the Chinese or India is a pipe dream. It will never ever ever happen while the republicans have an ounce of power. They are why we are where we are today, a mess. And when the Dems tried to do something, the repub could only obstruct and again, were such a low information society most dont understand reconciliation or the filibuster. Both of which the repubs now have the all time record of using. Reconciliation while bush was in, the filibuster while Obama has been in. Non governing hypocrites, liars and corporate lackys.

November 28 2010 at 6:27 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Ann

Gee, what a choice Coleman or Steele. That would be a choice between the pot and the kettle. Sorry, this comment is not racial. It is just that both are loosers.

November 28 2010 at 4:14 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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