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Carl Cameron

Washington, DC


RNC Chairman Steele Shores Up Support

April 9, 2010 - 1:03 PM | by: Carl Cameron

RNC communications director Doug Heye says 31 state party republican chairman have signed on to a letter of support for chairman Michael Steele.

The letter will be released shortly.

In the wake of calls from at least 2 RNC members for Steele’s resignation, Heye says Steele is continuing an aggressive phone campaign with RNC members to shore up support for the RNC and his leadership.

Steele speaks to the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE (1:23pm EDT): The RNC has just released the list of republican state chairman who have signed the statement in support of chairman Michael Steele.  See the letter and list of supporters below:

As Republican Party state chairmen, we believe Chairman Michael Steele can lead the RNC to be a full partner with us this fall in our efforts to fire Nancy Pelosi and win Republican majorities in Congress and among governors. His record at winning elections has been stellar, his fundraising ability has been solid, and he has honed our Victory programs’ ability to identify and deliver voters for Republican candidates.

The charge of any national Chairman is to raise money and win elections. With over $100 million raised, victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and victories in 29 of 37 special elections, Michael Steele has demonstrated that under his Chairmanship the RNC has the ability, focus, and drive to lead Republicans to a sweeping victory in November.

The RNC under Chairman Michael Steele is a full partner with state committees, responsive to our needs, and intensely interested in providing the support necessary for victory. That process is not an easy process. Technology has had a great impact on the art of politics. That impact has required the RNC to adapt and change to work effectively in this modern environment. Change can sometimes be difficult. But the changes Michael Steele has brought to the RNC were essential for our party to adapt, and win, when we do not, for the moment, hold the White House or Congress.

We stand behind Chairman Steele as he continues to lead us on the path victory in November.

Randy Ruedrich, Alaska

Ron Nehring, California

Dick Wadhams, Colorado

Chris Healy, Connecticut

Tom Ross, Delaware

Robert Kabel, District of Columbia

Sue Everhart, Georgia

Jesus Torres, Guam

Jonah Ka’auwai, Hawaii

Norman Semanko, Idaho

Pat Brady, Illinois

Steve Robertson, Kentucky

Charlie Webster, Maine

Audrey Scott, Maryland

Jennifer Nassour, Massachusetts

Ron Weiser, Michigan

Tony Sutton, Minnesota

Will Deschamps, Montana

Mark Fahleson, Nebraska

John Sununu, New Hampshire

Jay Webber, New Jersey

Harvey Yates, New Mexico

Robert Tiernan, Oregon

Rob Gleason, Pennsylvania

Gio Cicione, Rhode Island

Chris Devaney, Tennessee

Dave Hansen, Utah

Steven Larrabee, Vermont

Pat Mullins, Virginia

Luke Esser, Washington

Reince Priebus, Wisconsin

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