The NY Daily News and Politico are reporting that RNC Chair Michael Steele is set to announce he is stepping down as RNC Chair today, after increasing calls from donors that he resign due to corruption and serial failures. Mikkie is likely going to make a move to be the black Sarah Palin. Wouldn’t terribly be surprised to see him run for the Veep slot under Sarah. The Sno’ Ho’ and the Ho’ Ho’…
Michael Steele‘s time as Republican National Committee Chairman looks like it will come to an end on Monday, as supporters told Politico.com they expect the controversial politician to step down from his post.
Steele reportedly sent an email to RNC members over the weekend asking them to join him on a conference call Monday evening, where insiders anticipate he will reveal that he is not planning to seek re-election.
His term has been marred by a series of scandals and gaffes, and many Republicans have publicly called for his resignation.
Steele’s selection by his Party drew snickers from commentators and inspired spoofs on “Saturday Night Live” for being what many saw as an obvious reaction to the election of the country’s first black president.
It only went downhill from there.
In 2009, Steele was exposed as charging tens of thousands of dollars per public appearance, which many considered an unsavory use of his position as RNC chair.
In an attempt to defend Tea Party candidates from their numerous gaffes during the election season, Steele told David Gregory on “Meet the Press” that he didn’t fault people for messing up words.
“Folks make mistakes,” he said in the October interview. “Lord knows I’m familiar with foot in mouth disease.”
His missteps, combined with his poor fundraising ability, caused Republicans to quickly tire of Steele.
While he hasn’t told any close allies of his plans to step down, Politico reported, he notably hasn’t assembled a known reelection team. If he did, he would face a large pool of candidates seeking to replace him.
“Clearly, the whole Steele administration has really been about promoting Mike Steele for whatever future role he was going to play in the American political debate and not really focused on what the core mission of the Republican Party is,” Connecticut Republican Chairman Chris Healy told the Los Angeles Times.
The RNC chairman will be selected at the party’s meeting in January.