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Monday, February 02, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Iowa's RNC reps are not happy today

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele of Maryland as its new chairman today. He was far from a consensus choice and only obtained a majority of RNC members on the sixth ballot. Steele is a former lieutenant governor of Maryland and a frequent "talking head" on news analysis shows. He is black and pulled a significant share of the African-American vote in his losing bid for the U.S. Senate in 2006. On the other hand, he seemed to run away from the Republican label during that campaign. I don't see how other GOP candidates could pull that off. Iowa RNC Committeeman Steve Scheffler and Committeewoman Kim Lehman both supported South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson, who turned out to be Steele's toughest rival ... Anyway, Scheffler and Lehman didn't just prefer a different candidate for RNC chair, they went on record criticizing Steele.

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