Norm Coleman has long been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed embattled Republican National Chairman Michael Steele, but now the former U.S. senator tells the Daily Caller website that he won’t seek the position if Steele seeks re-election.
“If he’s in, then I’m out,” Coleman told the site.
Coleman is on a long list of Republicans said to be interested in replacing Steele, who’s been accused of many mistakes in running the operation. And it’s still not known if Steele will run again.
“The depth of the party’s problems his political director reveals is likely to make it considerably more difficult for the embattled chairman if he does pursue a second term, Politico says.
Vin Weber says Coleman is very interested in the job and would make a good RNC head, the Daily Caller said.
“I’m not convinced he’s going to make a run for it, though,” Weber said.
The site lists these other possible candidates:
- Former Bush administration official Maria Cino, who ran the party’s 2008 convention here
- Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus
- Former RNC chairman Mike Duncan
- Former ambassador Ann Wagner
- Former Steele aide Gentry Collins
- Mississippi GOP committeeman Henry Barbour
- RGA executive director Nick Ayers
- Connecticut GOP chairman Chris Healy
- California GOP chairman Ron Nehring