Catholic Michael Steele New GOP Chairman
The Washington Post reports:
The Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele as its first African American chairman today in Washington, a decision that came after an excruciating series of ballots that displayed a level of drama rarely seen in national politics.
On the sixth and final ballot Steele bested South Carolina Republican party Chairman Katon Dawson 91 to 77.
"It's time for something completely different and we are going to bring it to them," Steele said after his victory. "This is our opportunity. I cannot do this by myself." (Watch the full speech.)
Steele acknowledged that the GOP has an "image problem" but cast his election as a "new moment" for the Republican Party.
It was -- interestingly -- former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell who ultimately swung the race to Steele when he dropped out before the fifth ballot and endorsed the former lieutenant governor. The move was somewhat unexpected as Blackwell had staked out the turf as the most socially conservative candidate in the field while Steele had had to beat back rumors that he was not sufficiently conservative.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Deal Hudson: Give Michael Steele the Benefit of the Doubt
CBN Reporter David Brody Attempts to Rehabilitate Michael Steele's Pro-Life Credentials
Creative Minority Report Asks: "Is Michael Steele Pro-Life?"
Racial Politics: Obama vs. Steele
Is Michael Steele on McCain's "Short List" for VP?
The Story Behind Steele: No One Offered RNC Chair to Marylander
Incredibly Stupid Move
Michael Steele to Head GOP?
Black Democrats Pledge Backing to GOP's Steele
One of the Best Preemptive Political Ads That I've Ever Seen
Maryland Lt. Gov. (and U.S. Senate Candidate) Michael Steele Reaffirms Catholic Values