Steele ally quits top lawyer job at RNC

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

An ally of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has resigned as the committee’s top lawyer, likely to prepare to run for chairman himself.

In an e-mail obtained by The Daily Caller, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin GOP, told members of the RNC’s budget and executive committees Sunday morning that he resigned “in a private letter to Chairman Steele.”

Asked to comment on whether this signals a plan to run for RNC chairman, Priebus said in an e-mail that, “I’ll be making an announcement very soon.”

Steele has not publicly said whether he’ll run for re-election when the RNC holds leadership elections in January.

Others who have announced their candidacies or have been mentioned as possible candidates include: former Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis; former RNC political director Gentry Collins; former RNC co-chairman Ann Wagner; former Bush administration official Maria Cino; former RNC chairman Mike Duncan; former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman and Connecticut GOP chairman Chris Healy.

  • bigsigh

    Steele is a crook. Does that make me a racist? Oh, that’s right, he’s a republican, he doesn’t count.

  • diamndgirl

    Whatever…all I know is we need somebody besides Steele, Palin would do great here.