Report: Norm Coleman set to challenge Steele next year for RNC chair?

posted at 6:34 pm on July 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

Nothing’s certain yet, but he’s “intrigued” by the possibility. Note well: According to a “senior party operative,” the feelers being put out here aren’t from Coleman to prominent Republicans but rather from prominent Republicans to Coleman. I wonder why party apparatchiks would be so eager to line up a new RNC chairman months in advance. Any theories?

After losing his Senate reelection in 2008 by just 312 votes, Coleman became CEO of the American Action Network (AAN), a center-right organization designed to amplify conservative ideas and bolster conservative candidates. The group has recently begun spending considerable cash to air ads meant to help Republican Senate hopefuls in Washington and Florida and, along with other third-party outfits on the right that have sprung up in the last year, is expected to help fill the void left by the RNC’s fundraising struggles.

By virtue of his leadership with the group and his losing bid and high-profile recount against now-Sen. Al Franken, a despised figure on the right, Coleman has extensive national contacts in the GOP fundraising world and could help fill the party’s coffers in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election cycle…

“He understands it’s a fundraising job,” said one senior Republican, who has talked to Coleman about the RNC post. “And he’s got really good contacts in New York.”

Potholes on the road to the chairmanship: Coleman may dig his current job at AAN; the current membership of the RNC may be lukewarm to an “outsider”; and Coleman’s reputation for being a bit of a squish in the Senate may create unhappiness within the committee. Which is not to say, of course, that they’d rather keep Steele, but merely that they might look within their own ranks for an alternative. As for why Coleman might do it, it’d put him back into a media spotlight and position him well to run for Minnesota governor in case there’s an opportunity on the GOP side in 2014. Or am I just trying to talk myself into this idea? Exit question: Is this story really just a way by committee chiefs to ramp up pressure on Steele not to run again? They don’t want to have to vote against the first black chairman, however painful his tenure might have been thus far. If he sees big names like Coleman on the horizon and decides not to run, it’d be much easier.


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The Washington Insiders just want another one of their own at the helm.

We need a Washington outsider who wont do business as usual.

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I’d vote for Franken before Coleman. At least Franken knows how to win.
Seriously, Ken Blackwell would be awesome.

lonestar1 on July 22, 2010 at 6:37 PM

I like Coleman and think he would be a great improvement over what we have now.

bopbottle on July 22, 2010 at 6:38 PM

what, the shmuck who just gave up against Al Franken?

Daemonocracy on July 22, 2010 at 6:38 PM

How about Sarah?

*ducks*

Bee on July 22, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Well, by then, the damage is done anyway. Steele has already blown all the cash for the 2011 election.

AUINSC on July 22, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I’d vote for Franken before Coleman. At least Franken knows how to win.
Seriously, Ken Blackwell would be awesome.

lonestar1 on July 22, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Ditto.

D0WNT0WN on July 22, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Exit question: Is this story really just a way by committee chiefs to ramp up pressure on Steele not to run again?

Quite possibly. These things have been known to happen

rbj on July 22, 2010 at 6:40 PM

If Coleman can:

1) raise money,

2) not stick his foot in his mouth in public,

I’d say ok.

Wethal on July 22, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Exit answer:

Who cares who leads the RNC

SarahPAC and even Newts thing are more powerful. Secondary funding > national committees from now on!!!

picklesgap on July 22, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I’d like to hear Ed’s take on this, Ed being from Minnesota.

Jim-Rose on July 22, 2010 at 6:41 PM

BS. They should leave Steele alone to do his job. They are auditioning people for a position that is filled already, and that’s crap.

Chudi on July 22, 2010 at 6:43 PM

No WIMPS. He let franken steal that seat and he wants our support? No.

tim c on July 22, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Or Sarah Palin
or Jeb Bush

barnone on July 22, 2010 at 6:46 PM

With all due respect, why would we, as Republicans, want to install someone as RNC chair if they were so much of a failure as a US Senator they allowed Al Franken to take their place? Until he can prove otherwise, I would vote a big “no” for Mr. Coleman as RNC chair.

Weebork on July 22, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Uh, no.

Why not Karl Rove?

clement on July 22, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Oh, great. The guy that got beat by a clown.

Yeah…sign him right up.

Typhoon on July 22, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Cheney

Inanemergencydial on July 22, 2010 at 6:49 PM

The reason Coleman is perfect is that he’s trusted by both center right and harder right. He may disagree with you on some things, but he’ll do it privately, and won’t stab anyone in the back. Unlike Steele, he understands what the job is. It’s not a platform for promoting himself.

RBMN on July 22, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Still like Blackwell. Should have had it first time around.

Buckeye Babe on July 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM

The guy was NOT beaten by a clown, the clown cheated while finding some mysterious lost ballots in the trunk of a car. Please! The liberals will call the RNC racist for electing a white man to replace a black man. Anyone else tired of being called racist?

Atlanta Media Guy on July 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Nope. I like Coleman, but…nope.

Now, as astonishing as this may be coming from me, let Sarah Palin be RNC chair. It’s a job she would do absolutely flawless in.

JetBoy on July 22, 2010 at 6:52 PM

How about Sarah?

*ducks*

Bee on July 22, 2010 at 6:38 PM

I’m not on the tea party/palin bandwagon by any means, but I think that’s a great idea. Huge fundraising potential and the guts to shake things up a bit. Just what the RNC needs.

NoStoppingUs on July 22, 2010 at 6:52 PM

The Stink at the RNC isnt Mike Steele (even though I never thought he was up to the job to make the changes needed) the stink comes from the special interests there.

The RNC is really run by two crowds. The Washington insideres who steer the RNC to back candidate who wont “Rock the boat” and make the long time Washingtonian GOPers look bad. The other group is the RNC “Consulting firms” who make millions off of GOP candidates and get recomendations from the RNC.

Will tell you a tale. I tried to work with the William Russell campaign against John Murtha in 2008. I even talked to his campaign manager.

Well it seems the RNC had “recommended” this washington based consulting firm to the Russell campaign telling them that it would be their best chance for victory. The Price tag I believe cost the Russell campaign thousands of dollars NOT FOR CAMPAIGNING BUT JUST TO HIRE THE FIRM !

Money Bill Rusell could have used to win a campaign was wasted to fund a washington insider consulting firm recomended by the RNC.

And another story to show you the state of affairs at the RNC

GOP consulting firm working for Fannie Mae

Freddie Mac secretly paid a GOP consulting firm $2 million to kill regulation and overhaul bill

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Well, if Coleman fights as hard for the GOP as he did for that Senate seat…well…Hells bells…

/sarc

SouthernGent on July 22, 2010 at 6:57 PM

I live in Minnesota. Franken didn’t run against Coleman as much as he ran against George W. Bush. I’d say the guy who won that race was Franken’s lawyer. Picking a smart ruthless election lawyer was the cleverest thing Al’s ever done.

RBMN on July 22, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Cheney

Inanemergencydial on July 22, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Or maybe Liz. I can’t imagine that she would go near that spot.

Seriously, I was willing to give Steele a chance, but he has shown what his interests are.

The GOP needs someone who has managerial skills AND a personality.

That leaves most of the boys out. Sorry, boys, but y’all aren’t cutting the mustard these days. We need some personality and guts. Coleman is too white bread. Boring.

Cody1991 on July 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM

This guy didn’t do anything while Al Franken STOLE an election with the entire nation watching. I didn’t think you could do worse than Steele, but this is it.

Vegi on July 22, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Alfred Dreyfus?

Seven Percent Solution on July 22, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Oh boy trade a fool for a Rino just what the party needs.

thmcbb on July 22, 2010 at 7:04 PM

The liberals will call the RNC racist for electing a white man to replace a black man. Anyone else tired of being called racist?

Atlanta Media Guy on July 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM

The liberals will call the RNC racist regardless. That’s what they do.

And, yes.

Disturb the Universe on July 22, 2010 at 7:04 PM

With all due respect, why would we, as Republicans, want to install someone as RNC chair if they were so much of a failure as a US Senator they allowed Al Franken to take their place? Until he can prove otherwise, I would vote a big “no” for Mr. Coleman as RNC chair.

Weebork on July 22, 2010 at 6:46 PM

It wasn’t Coleman’s fault, it was the venue.

1). This is the same state that elected Keith Ellison to the House.

2). The illegal felon vote pushed Franken over the top.

By all rights, Coleman should still be Senator. In any other state, he would be.

KSgop on July 22, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Ditka?

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 22, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Please stop it with the suggestions for Sarah to head the RNC. That would be a waste of her talent as someone who stands to be in the lead to run for President. Remember, this position is best served out of the limelight.

silvernana on July 22, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Well, by then, the damage is done anyway. Steele has already blown all the cash for the 2011 election.

AUINSC on July 22, 2010

Luckily, the only big elections in 2011 are 3 governor’s races: LA (easy hold), MS and KY. It might be nice to have someone to rasie a bunch of money for 2012 …

BuzzCrutcher on July 22, 2010 at 7:09 PM

This guy didn’t do anything while Al Franken STOLE an election with the entire nation watching. I didn’t think you could do worse than Steele, but this is it.

Vegi on July 22, 2010 at 7:01 PM

There really was nothing Coleman could do. Just like, if you get pulled over for speeding in Mexico, on your way home, at midnight by Mexican cops, you’re going home with an empty wallet. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you were going. You’re just grateful they didn’t take your car too.

RBMN on July 22, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Fund raising crapper…

tarpon on July 22, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Remember, this position is best served out of the limelight.

silvernana on July 22, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Hmm. Who is willing to serve out of the limelight? Or, who do we want out of the limelight?

Disturb the Universe on July 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Still like Blackwell. Should have had it first time around.

[Buckeye Babe on July 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM]

I was going to say. We’d be much better off with a big state, Midwestern, (old) rust belt, large electoral count conservative representative where there’s much more swing possibilities, than an East Coast squish who lives with one foot in his mouth.

Dusty on July 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM

The guy was NOT beaten by a clown, the clown cheated while finding some mysterious lost ballots in the trunk of a car. Please! The liberals will call the RNC racist for electing a white man to replace a black man. Anyone else tired of being called racist?

Atlanta Media Guy on July 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM

I could care less what anyone says. Steele had his chance and he blew it – big time. He knows it, too.

If you want to be an eeyore, to right ahead. Just sit in a corner by yourself, ok? This sort of BS simply doesn’t carry any weight these day.

Time to grow up.

Cody1991 on July 22, 2010 at 7:12 PM

A guy named Saul Annuzis from Michigan ran last time. I think he did a pretty good job as chairman of the Michigan party.

BuzzCrutcher on July 22, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Oh, man. What a choice! Reminds me of the Spring of ’08 after all of my favorite Republican presidential candidates had left the race.

ncjetsfan on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Cheney

Inanemergencydial on July 22, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Dick, Liz, or Lynne.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 22, 2010 at 7:18 PM

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbBreit Barrrrrrrrrrrt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

roy_batty on July 22, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Norm Coleman can’t keep this thread alive. Can he save the RNC?

Disturb the Universe on July 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM

The RNC can only get politicians who lost their last election to run the place? How about someone who has won?

InterestedObserver on July 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbBreit Barrrrrrrrrrrt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

roy_batty on July 22, 2010 at 7:20 PM

That made me lol, thank you!

scotash on July 22, 2010 at 7:31 PM

The RNC can only get politicians who lost their last election to run the place? How about someone who has won?

Fred Thompson

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:31 PM

test

SgtSVJones on July 22, 2010 at 7:32 PM

“And he’s got really good contacts in New York.”

Translation: We don’t need no stinkin money from the unwashed masses, let’s get some buddies on wall street to help out the good ‘ol boys in the GOP.

Firefly_76 on July 22, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Fred Thompson

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Good idea.

Disturb the Universe on July 22, 2010 at 7:42 PM

My guess is he might not be so quick to roll over on the issue of voter fraud.

crosspatch on July 22, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Swaping one rino for another…… Nice.

grapeknutz on July 22, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Norm Coleman…….Pappa RINO!!!

PappyD61 on July 22, 2010 at 7:50 PM

The same Norm Coleman who got outed by a friggin’ clown?

Yeah…sounds about right.

BobMbx on July 22, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I’d vote for Franken before Coleman. At least Franken knows how to win CHEAT.
Seriously, Ken Blackwell would be awesome.

lonestar1 on July 22, 2010 at 6:37 PM

FIFY…

Khun Joe on July 22, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Umm, arn’t we talking about a guy who blew it against a pathological liar who couldn’t figure out his own taxes? A guy showed such utter contempt for his constituency that he actually left “his state” when given a choice and didn’t come back for over 40 years? (And then only returned to be installed as senator. In other words he only came back because no matter what happened he knew he’d be leaving those chumps being win or lose.) Should I mention the obvious anger control issues the guy has? I mean if you can’t beat a guy like that I’m not sure what you can do.

Dave_d on July 22, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Yeah, but can Coleman Rap like Steele can?
I think you have your answer right there……

44Magnum on July 22, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Norm Coleman got rolled by Al freakin Franklin, an idiot, and we want him to lead the fight against the dark forces in most consequential election in the last thirty years? No thank you.

Next.

MTF on July 22, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Norm Coleman got rolled by Al freakin Franklin, an idiot

MTF on July 22, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Franken is many things but idiot is not one of them. Your point though is spot on. Franken is exactly the type of opponent you cannot be rolled by and must overcome.

roy_batty on July 22, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Still like Blackwell. Should have had it first time around.

[Buckeye Babe on July 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM]

I was going to say. We’d be much better off with a big state, Midwestern, (old) rust belt, large electoral count conservative representative where there’s much more swing possibilities, than an East Coast squish who lives with one foot in his mouth.

Dusty on July 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Going into 2012, we need someone who, when needed, can deliver an uppercut Obama and any Dem throwing the race card. Blackwell is an unabashed conservative who’s all business. The GOP would not have to worry about a sideshow.

BuckeyeSam on July 22, 2010 at 8:59 PM

The guy was NOT beaten by a clown, the clown cheated while finding some mysterious lost ballots in the trunk of a car. Please! The liberals will call the RNC racist for electing a white man to replace a black man. Anyone else tired of being called racist?

Atlanta Media Guy on July 22, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Sorry, but the guy ran against the clown, and the clown’s in the Senate. It certainly does appear that the clown stole the seat from him, but what I fail to see is why that would make me want a guy in this job who let a clown steal his Senate seat–if you prefer that construction.

Typhoon on July 22, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Franken is many things but idiot is not one of them.

He didn’t pay his taxes and then lied about it. I can’t imagine a better definition of “idiot” than that.

I will grant you this: he’s an idiot with good lawyers.

(That’s the definition of a Democrat politician, by the way.)

MTF on July 22, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Palin would be an excellent candidate. As would

Fred Thompson

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:31 PM

scalleywag on July 22, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Hmmm, Coleman couldn’t even save his senate seat from the fraudulent liberal vote.

docdave on July 22, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Please.

Good grief. You’ve got to be kidding. This is dumb and dumber. Coleman wasn’t smart enough to stop Franken from stealing his seat.

Basilsbest on July 22, 2010 at 9:30 PM

“He understands it’s a fundraising job,” said one senior Republican, who has talked to Coleman about the RNC post. “And he’s got really good contacts in New York.”

Yep…like us conservatives here in flyover country need another GOPer with connections with the East Coast…

THEY.JUST.DO.NOT.GET.IT!

Gothguy on July 22, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Norm Coleman set to challenge Steele next year for RNC chair?

Do we have to wait for next year? Is there a recall process?

I used to be one of the biggest Steele fans here. You know, before he became a self-serving shameless self promoter.

BacaDog on July 22, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Fred Thompson

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Good idea.

Disturb the Universe on July 22, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Jeri Thompson.

BacaDog on July 22, 2010 at 9:42 PM

I’d vote for Franken before Coleman. At least Franken knows how to win.
Seriously, Ken Blackwell would be awesome.

lonestar1 on July 22, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Should have had the job in the first place.

The RNC is stupid though so …. What up!

gary4205 on July 22, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Steele has been a blessing for the Tea Party. I suspect Coleman would also be good for TP enrollment, albeit for different reasons.

Coleman=Jeb Bush=Mitt Romneycare//ie, the socialist & open borders wing of the party.

james23 on July 22, 2010 at 10:33 PM

What…is Norm too busy this year?

Jaibones on July 22, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Absolutely NOT. I agree with whomever said, republican insiders /RINOs just want one of their own. Allah shame on you for not pointing out this man is once removed from being a Democrat. The man was a Democrat Mayor of St Paul, this would be like electing Charlie Crist RNC Chairman. You should be ashamed of not presenting the whole story here. This would be a travesty if Coleman were to become RNC Chairman.

mngirl on July 23, 2010 at 12:17 AM

You would think that the RNC voters finally have it figured out that being a former or current member of the RNC doesn’t mean you will make a good chair. Ken Blackwell, IMHO, would have been a much better chair but he was never a member of the RNC.

The RNC needs to get the best person for the job and who cares if they were not a former RNC member. In fact, maybe it is time the National Committee people were term limited because that seems to be where ‘it has always been done this way’ comes from. We need to think outside the box.

This term of Steele has been a disaster almost from Day One.

PhiKapMom on July 23, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Norm Coleman is a RINO who used to be a Dem. A perfect fit for the Beltway hacks….not good for the RNC. He’d be worse than Steele. I also think Ken Blackwell is a good candidate.

tomshup on July 23, 2010 at 12:35 AM

A rino who couldn’t decisively beat Al Franken?

No Thanks!

RJL on July 23, 2010 at 1:51 AM

Coleman=Jeb Bush=Mitt Romneycare//ie, the socialist & open borders wing of the party.

james23 on July 22, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Also, don’t forget Senator Coleman was only too happy to starve us of abundant cheap energy and force us into expensive “green” energy. Norm also came out publicly against the Bush tax cuts, but did vote for them after we lit up his phone lines.

RJL on July 23, 2010 at 2:04 AM

Coleman allowed Al and the democrats to steal the election from him. I personally want someone who is willing to do what it takes to expose the communist/progressives for what the are, what they do and what they really want for America. In the year of the woman, How about Hannah Giles?

SandyToes on July 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM

I’d like to hear Ed’s take on this, Ed being from Minnesota.

Jim-Rose on July 22, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Good point. Let’s hear from someone who knows Coleman better than most of the posters here.

In the year of the woman, How about Hannah Giles?

SandyToes on July 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Speaking of women and Minnesota, what about Michele Bachmann? No question she’s conservative enough…

Steve Z on July 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM

I’ve wondered what Coleman has been up to since his Senate re-election victory was stolen from him. I’d like to see him back on the stage.

dczombie on July 23, 2010 at 12:20 PM

No Cheney. Anti-traditional marriage is their downfall.

PrezHussein on July 23, 2010 at 5:33 PM