Saul Anuzis Challenging Michael Steele For Republican National Committee Chairman

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

In the race for chairman of the Republican National Committee Saul Anuzis, the former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, was first out of the starting gate.

Anuzis, an influential party insider, announced on his blog and on Twitter Friday morning that he’s challenging current Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele for his post.

“Chairman Steele’s record speaks for itself. He has his way of doing things. I have mine,” Anuzis said in a blog post. “We will not win in 2012 if the RNC is not able to provide the financial resources we need to support the organizational efforts and ground games of our state parties.”

Steele hasn’t officially announced he’s running again, but party insiders are betting that it’s just a matter of time before he launches a re-election bid. Anuzis ran against Steele two years ago, but came up short.

Anuzis may be the first challenger to emerge, but he’s unlikely to be the last. Movers and shakers within the GOP have been floating a variety of other names as potential challengers to Steele, including Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Preibus, former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, former North Dakota GOP chairman Gary Emineth, and former Bush administration official and 2008 Republican National Convention organizer Maria Cino, among others.

In his announcement, Anuzis acknowledged “the fact that I am challenging a friend and colleague for the Chairmanship.” But he expressed concern about the RNC’s ability to “provide the financial resources we need to support the organizational efforts and ground games of our state parties” in 2012.

“Without a fully funded Victory program we will be overwhelmed by the efforts of the unions, the Obama campaign and all their allies,” Anuzis wrote. “Even though we won an overall victory in 2010 we lost some heartbreaking statewide races in places like Illinois, Colorado, West Virginia, Washington and Nevada, and countless congressional and legislative districts because the other side had a better turnout effort.”

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