Michael Steele Elected Republican National Chairman

January 30th, 2009

Michael Steele 

Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele has been elected Chairman of the Republican Party. On a sixth ballot, Steele won 91 to 77 over South Carolina Republican Party chairman Katon Dawason. “It’s time for something completely different and we are going to bring it to them,” said Steele, who ran for Maryland’s U.S. Senate in 2006. He is the first African American to hold the position. Another African American, Ohio’s Ken Blackwell, ran for the GOP top spot but dropped out after the fifth ballot.

Do you think Republicans elected the best man or are they just responding to Barack Obama’s win on the Democratic side?

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