Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is prepared to run for re-election to his post even if former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, the rumored favorite of other party insiders, decides to mount a challenge.
The current chairman told a conservative reporter last week that he was prepared to put his record up against those who wanted his position — foreshadowing what could be a bitter and divisive election battle in January 2011.
“Norm is an old friend,” Steele said when asked about recent reports that Coleman was considering a run for chairmanship of the RNC. “Norm is not going to challenge me for RNC chairman. If he does I’ll put my record up against anyone who comes after to me. I feel confident we’ll get re-elected. I’m not worried about that part of it.”