Another Candidate for RNC Chairman: Gentry Collins Takes First Steps

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:

Another Republican insider is gunning for RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s job.

ABC News has learned that former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins has taken the first step toward running for RNC Chairman, filing papers with the IRS to create a 527 fund-raising committee called “Collins for Chairman.”

Collins caused quite a stir last week when he abruptly resigned from the RNC, accusing current RNC Chairman Michael Steele of mismanaging the RNC and “allowing its major donor base to whither.”

The papers were filed on Collins’ behalf by Brian Kennedy, the former Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party.

“He’s a proven party leader who has gotten results,” Kennedy told ABC News. “He will be able to instill confidence in donors to parties that we will have a strong organization to support the republican party nominee in 2012.”

Kennedy said Collins will make a decision soon about whether to run.

“It’s no secret that he is exploring a run for RNC Chairman,” said Brian Kennedy. “This is a mechanism to allow him to continue that exploration.”

It may be a crowded field. Although Steele hasn’t announced yet whether or not he is running, Michigan Republican Saul Anuzis has already declared and exploratory committees have been set up by former Bush Administration official Maria Cino and former RNC Chairwoman Ann Wagner.

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