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Steele's Former Political Director To Challenge Him For Chair


Steele has not announced whether he'll be running again or not, but most expect him to try for a second term as chair of the RNC. Collins made Steele's already tough road to reelection even tougher with his resignation letter, which slammed Steele's leadership as leaving the party deeply in debt and without the resources to help House Republican candidates in more than a dozen tough races.

Steele rejected that claim in a recent memo, in which he told the RNC's 168 members that if it wasn't for the warm embrace he offered the tea party last year, the GOP could have been torn apart by the angry conservative insurgency.

The RNC had no comment when I asked about Collins' run to unseat Steele.