Michael Steele was elected the new Republican Party Chairman today after six rounds of voting.
The Republican National Committee has picked Michael Steele, a black man from a traditionally Democratic state, to be the new face of the party as the GOP forges a revival following a second straight electoral drubbing.
Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, won the chairmanship Friday after six rounds of voting in which five candidates were competing. He becomes the first black chairman of the Republican Party just days after President Obama became the nation’s first black president.
Steele delivered a rousing speech after winning the race, pledging to re-establish the Republican presence in the northeast and win elections in regions across the country.
Michael Steele was praised by Obama at one time as a new rising star. Michael Steele today responded, “I congratulate the President… I would ask him, ‘How do you like me now?'”
Congratulations, Chairman Steele, Good luck and God Speed.