Steele to Newsmax: Md. Governor Race 'Worth a Fly-Over'

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 01:36 PM

By John Gizzi

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Two years after he lost a bid for re-election as Republican National Committee chairman, Michael Steele tells Newsmax he is seriously considering a bid for governor of Maryland in 2014.

"Yes, I'm certainly going to look at it," Steele said Wednesday. "The race is certainly worth a fly-over."

Other Republicans in the race include state Delegate Ron George and Harford County Executive David Craig. With Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley termed out, the front-running Democratic hopeful is Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Were Brown and Steele to square off against each other, it would be the first time in U.S. history that both major party nominees for governor in any state were black.

Elected as the Free State's lieutenant governor in 2002, Steele has long been one of the most high-profile black Republicans.

Steele lost a bid for the Senate in 2006 and then came back in 2009 to become the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee. As the running mate of former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich, Steele made no secret of his conservative views, including his strong pro-life stance.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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