Chip Saltsman, the former Tennessee GOP chairman and ex-campaign manager for Mike Huckabee, has just announced
that he is withdrawing from the race to be the next RNC chairman.
Saltsman's campaign was upended when he sent a gift CD to committee members by Paul Shanklin, a right-wing comedian who plays parody songs on the Rush Limbaugh show. This CD contained a track called "Barack The Magic Negro," in which Shanklin did an Amos & Andy
-style impersonation of Al Sharpton ridiculing white liberals who support Barack Obama. Saltsman blamed the flap on the media.
A survey of committee members by NBC News, published yesterday morning, showed
Saltsman with the declared support of only one
out of the 168 members.
The full withdrawal statement that Saltsman sent to the membership is available after the jump.