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Friday, January 30, 2009

BREAKING -- Your new RNC Chairman is Michael Steele

Six rounds of voting, and definitely a nail-biter ending as Geraghty the Indispensable noted as he was covering it live, that the final ballot could have ended in an 84-84 tie, but it wasn't meant to be. Michael Steele defeats Katon Dawson 91-77:

Former MD Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele won the Republican National Committee chairmanship today on the sixth ballot.

The final vote: Steele, 91, and SC GOP chairman Katon Dawson, 77.

Steele, 50, also defeated the incumbent RNC chairman, Mike Duncan, who withdrew earlier in the contest.

"As a little boy growing up in this town, this is awesome," Steele said. "It is with a great deal of humility and a sense of service that I accept and appreciate and thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as the next national chairman."

Steele, the first African American chairman of the RNC, serves as head of GOPAC. He is perhaps best known, however, for his regular appearances on FOX News.

The final two candidates marked a critical choice for the GOP between the party's past and present: Dawson, the socially conservative southerner who recently resigned membership from an all white country club, and Steele, who was raised Washington, D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood and found his way to Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown Law.

"To those who stand in difference with us, it's time for something completely different," Steele said to applause. "And we're going to bring it to you. We're going to bring this party to every corner, every board room, every neighborhood and every community. And we're going to say to friend and foe alike, we want you to be a part of us. ... And to those of you who will obstruct, get ready to get knocked over."

The party's members broke with the GOP's past as well by choosing a non member and a Yankee. Steele, many concluded in private conversations before and during the voting process, presented a fresh new face for the party, serving as an able messenger with a national profile.

He also provides racial diversity, of course, at a time when the Democrats elected the nation's first black president. And today he promised to help the GOP compete across the country, especially in regions dominated by the Democrats last cycle.

"I look forward to visiting all of you in your neighborhoods, in your backyards," he said.

Readers will recall that we endorsed three people for the chairmanship -- Michael Steele, Ken Blackwell, and Saul Anuzis. This stems from not only what we know about them, but also the interviews conducted by Hugh Hewitt with each person running to head up the party.

Mr. Steele has his work cut out for him. Not only will it involve revitalizing grass roots efforts, fundraising, and bringing the GOP into the 21st Century in technology. Mr. Steele has endorsed the plan at Rebuild the Party. It's a solid plan for us to bring the GOP out of the wilderness, and Michael Steele is the right person to execute it. Congratulations to Michael Steele.

Publius II

1 Comments:

Anonymous Greg said...

What, now we go and find our own "magic Negro"?

This is a very, very sad day for America. The election of Steele proves that the Republican party will not go in the direction they need to for the sake of our country. They can expect to be in the minority for quite some time to come.

Are you a true conservative or just a kool aid drinker? If you are a true conservative then you would listen to what this other true conservative has to say about him.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/deacesteelernc

Steve Deace is so right about him.

He's a RINO. On that we can be clear. This proves that the Republican Party's move to the Left might be a permanent legacy of the Bush years.

February 1, 2009 at 4:19 AM  

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