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Steele threatens to quit the RNC if he’s pushed to become a ‘figurehead chairman.’

By Amanda Terkel on May 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

"Steele threatens to quit the RNC if he’s pushed to become a ‘figurehead chairman.’"

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Today at 1:00 p.m. ET, RNC chairman Michael Steele will be giving a major speech meant, in part, to reassure Republicans that he has control over the party. He is facing internal challenges from RNC members, including “a new set of checks and balances” on his power to “dole out money.” Today in an interview with Fox News, Steele suggested that if too much of his power is taken away, he may resign:

They can contemplate all they want to, but the reality is if they want a figurehead chairman you can have a figurehead chairman, but it won’t be Michael Steele.

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Recall that just a few months ago, when asked whether he may resign, Steele replied, “Aww, trust me. Not me Baby! Nuh-uh. Not happening. No way, no how!”

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