Michael Steele Seeking Second RNC Chair Term

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Michael Steele will seek a second term as chairman of the Republican National Committee, despite criticism of his leadership and a series of verbal gaffes since taking the position in 2009.

Steele alerted the 168-member RNC during an evening conference call that he would run.

"Yes, I have stumbled along the way but have always accounted to you for such shortcomings. No excuses. No lies. No hidden agenda," he said. "Going forward, I ask for your support and your vote for a second term."

At least six Republicans have launched or are considering candidacies for the RNC chairman spot.

Steele became the first black GOP chairman in 2009. His brash style and unconventional leadership soon irked establishment Republicans. Questions about Steele's financial management of the RNC followed.

The RNC will vote next month on a new leader, who will be responsible for the party's operations during the 2012 presidential race.

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