Steele as RNC chair?

From the Washington Post 

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R), who came up just short yesterday in his Senate race against Rep. Ben Cardin (D), is mulling a bid for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, according to an informed GOP source.

Steele would not challenge current RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, but chatter among Republican insiders is that Mehlman has made clear for months that he might not return to his current post.

“Chairman Mehlman will be making an announcement regarding his future at the RNC in the coming weeks,” said RNC communication director Brian Jones.

Mehlman has made outreach to the African American community a priority during his time as head of the party, and Steele would be seen as a logical successor to that effort.

Steele was in my opinion one of the best candidates in either party for any office in the 2006 elections. He managed to gain 45% of the vote in a state that has twice as many Democrats as Republicans in a decidedly bad year to be a Republican candidate.  Giving him a national stage to articulate Republican positions on issues and policy can only mean good things for the future of the Republican Party.  

Hat Tip Hot Air 

Updated and bumped:

Mehlman to step down from RNC post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party lost both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections, will step down from his post when his two-year term ends in January, GOP officials said Thursday.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because Mehlman had not yet made his intentions public.

Brian Jones, an RNC spokesman, declined to comment beyond saying that an announcement about Mehlman’s future with the party would be made in the days ahead.

Others Blogging:

Sister Toldjah, Captains Quarters

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