Michael Steele’s decision on whether to seek another term as Republican National Committee chairman will finally offer a measure of clarity to a race that so far has been marked by uncertainty. But, equally important, it could put an end to an ongoing drama that has cast a shadow over the leadership of the ascendant GOP.
Steele is expected to disclose his plans during a conference call Monday evening with the 168-member party committee, and multiple GOP sources indicate that he’s unlikely to run again. But the chairman has been silent and mostly out of view since last month’s midterm elections and given little public indication of his plans. Given his unpredictability, Republicans said it’s possible that Steele may try to launch a bid or even to delay the decision further. Fox News reported late Monday afternoon that Steele would get in the race and was planning to appear on the cable network’s Greta Van Susteren show after the call.