Friday, January 30, 2009

RNC Elects First Black Chair

Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele is elected the new chairman of the Republican National Committee.
It's the first African American chair in G.O.P history.
Steele defeated South Carolina GOP chair Katon Dawson in the final round of voting 91 to 77.
Incumbent Chair Mike Duncan bowed out of the race after two rounds.
Steele's victory speech can be found HERE.
It's unclear who Missouri's RNC members voted for. GOP spokesperson Tina Hervey reminds The Notebook it was a secret ballot, but provided this statement by G.O.P. Chair David Cole:
"There is no greater testament to the strength of the Republican Party than today’s election of former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele as the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Chairman Steele will be a tireless advocate for our core Republican principles of lower taxes, small government, strong national defense and more freedom. Rather than simply rejecting the ideas of our opposition, we need to offer bold, visionary solutions of our own. Michael Steele understands this challenge and has the talent necessary to reach out across the country and share the Republican message in a credible way that will connect with voters, motivate volunteers, and lead us to victory."

(Oh, and did I mention we called it?)

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