Coleman Won’t Endorse Steele

by Brian Bolduc

Former Minnesota senator Norm Coleman won’t run for chair of the Republican National Committee, but he won’t endorse the current occupant of that office, either. Roll Call reports:

Coleman told Roll Call in a telephone interview Wednesday morning that he would honor a commitment he made to Steele not to seek the position if the chairman opted to run for a second term.

But Coleman cautioned his decision not to challenge Steele should not be interpreted as an endorsement, suggesting that he might very well back another candidate in the RNC leadership elections scheduled for Jan. 14. Coleman declined to explicitly criticize Steele or call for him to step aside.

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