The Campaign Spot

Greer Endorses Steele — But Does It Help?

My sources were right. Greer’s statement:

Washington, D.C.—Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer today announced that he is not running for RNC Chairman and is supporting former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele in his bid for the Republican National Chairmanship.

“Michael has everything that the GOP desperately needs right now:  the ability to communicate our message from a fresh point of view, an appreciation of how we can use technology to build the party, and the ability to reach out to new voters,” noted Greer.  “Democrats are not the only people calling for change.  These are our priorities in Florida and they must also be our priorities on a national level.”

“I am grateful for Chairman Greer’s support,” said Steele.  “As the GOP Chairman in one of the largest states in the nation, Chairman Greer’s support is critical to our campaign and takes it to a whole new level. He has been recognized as one of the most dynamic and successful state party chairs in the country and I look forward to working with him closely.”

And a reader asks about the value of a Crist endorsement . . .

After reading your post about Greer/Crist possibly endorsing Michael Steele, I would have to wonder at the value of such an endorsement.

After all, wasn’t it Governor Crist’s endorsement prior to the Florida Republican primary that gave us John McCain as our standard bearer?

I’m not sure about that perspective. I figure if you’re running for RNC Chair, you want the endorsement of every Republican short of Lincoln Chafee that you can get . . .

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