AP: In Interviews With 51 RNC Committee Members, 39 Want Michael Steele To Step Aside


There are a total of 168 members, AP talked to 51 of them

Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — A significant bloc of Republican National Committee members wants embattled chairman Michael Steele to step aside, but the rank and file have failed to settle on a clear alternative, according to Associated Press interviews with committee members.

While most agree that Steele's time has been rough — and costly — the members also recognize that a leadership fight could overshadow gains that Republicans made in the midterm elections.

With balloting set to take place in just two months, many just want Steele to go.

"You can't keep spending the kind of money they're spending every month just to operate the RNC," said committee member Ada Fisher of North Carolina. "I would hope he would step aside
."

In interviews with 51 committee members, 39 said they preferred Steele not be on the ballot when they meet near Washington in mid-January to pick their leader.

For his part, Steele hasn't said whether he will pursue the 85-vote majority needed for a second term. Already, members have been hearing from others interested in that quest