Michael Steele Becomes 1st Black Republican National Committee Chairman
Posted by Media Outrage on January 31, 2009
This year is already being filled with historic moments such as the Inauguration of our first Black President and now the Republicans have followed suit by electing Michael Steele as the new chairman of the Republican Party which makes him the first Black person to ever hold that position since the party’s inception. In the thumbnail below they’re gathered around him like he just hit the game winner to win the championship or something Lol.
The Republican Party chose the first black national chairman in its history Friday, just shy of three months after the nation elected a Democrat as the first African-American president. The choice marked no less than “the dawn of a new party,” declared the new GOP chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. former President George W. Bush‘s hand-picked GOP chief, who bowed out declaring, “Obviously the winds of change are blowing.”. Republicans chose Steele over four other candidates, including
Steele takes the helm of a beleaguered White House.that is trying to recover after crushing defeats in November’s national elections that gave Democrats control of Congress put in the
GOP delegates erupted in cheers and applause when his victory was announced, but it took six ballots to get there. He’ll serve a two-year term.
Steele, an attorney, is a conservative, but he was considered the most moderate of the five candidates running.
He was also considered an outsider because he’s not a member of the. But the 168-member clearly signaled it wanted a change after eight years of Bush largely dictating its every move as the party’s standard-bearer.
Steele became the first black candidate elected to statewide office in Maryland in 2003, and he made an unsuccessful Senate run in 2006. Currently, he serves as chairman of GOPAC, an organization that recruits and trains Republican political candidates, and in that role he has been a frequent presence on the talk show circuit.
He vowed to expand the reach of the party by competing for every group, everywhere.
“We’re going to say to friend and foe alike: ‘We want you to be a part of us, we want you to with be with us.’ And for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over,” Steele said.
“There is not one inch of ground that we’re going to cede to anybody,” he added.
“This is the dawn of a new party moving in a new direction with strength and conviction.”
His job is to spark a revival for the Democratic Party under the country’s first black president in midterm elections next fall and beyond.as it takes on an empowered
He replaces Mike Duncan, who abandoned his re-election bid in the face of dwindling support midway through Friday’s voting.
Two others who trailed farther back in the voting eventually followed suit, formerand .
In the sixth and final round of voting, Steele went head-to-head with his only remaining opponent, South Carolina GOP chief Katon Dawson. Steele clinched the election with 91 votes; a majority of 85 committee members was needed.
Just eight years after Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress, the GOP finds itself out of power, without a standard-bearer and trying to figure out how to rebound while its foe seems to grow ever stronger.
The Democratic Party boasts a broadened coalition of voters — including Hispanics and young people — who swung behind Obama’s call for change. At the same time, the slice of voters who call themselves Republican has narrowed. The GOP also has watched as Democrats have dominated both coasts while making inroads into the West and South, leaving Republicans with a shrunken base.
Despite the run of GOP losses, Duncan had argued that he should be re-elected because of his experience; his five challengers called for change and said they represented it.
As he left the race, Duncan thanked Bush and said of his two-year tenure: “It truly has been the highlight of my life.”
Mediaoutrage– Looks like the Republican Party is in bad condition after watching Barack Obama A-Town Stomp their asses all the way to the White House. Well kudos to the Republicans for electing Michael Steele and showing that America is changing.