Other state chiefs, who have devised or are putting the finishing touches on their game plans for the fall, said they are resigned to getting little national help.
“There’s an assumption that we’ll have to pay for our programs ourselves,” said a state chairman, speaking on the condition of anonymity to assess the party’s national leadership.
Another state chairman said Steele’s personnel moves “haven’t calmed my nerves” and were too late to restore donor confidence in the national committee.
“He may be successful in spite of himself,” the chairman said, alluding to the party’s high hopes for making electoral gains in the midterms, even without significant RNC financial aid.
The state chiefs are echoing the worries of some of the GOP’s top strategists, who fret that their congressional gains, and perhaps the party’s hopes to recapture a House or Senate majority, could be limited by the RNC’s lack of cash.