Michael Steele 'Looking at' a Run for Governor

The former Republican National Committee chairman is considering the run despite calling Maryland a "tough state" with "a lot of challenges."

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A role as an MSNBC contributor evidently isn't enough to satisfy former (and first African-American) Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's appetite for politics.

Plus, he says, he loves his home state of Maryland. Steele, who has recently had his share of blunt commentary about his party's relationship with minority voters, told Chuck Todd that he's "looking" at a run for governor there, according to the Huffington Post:

"We're looking at it," Steele, now an MSNBC contributor, told the network's Chuck Todd. "You're gonna take a look at the numbers. Maryland's a tough state, there are a lot of challenges there."

Steele went on to say that new taxes in Maryland over the past eight years could give a Republican another shot at winning a statewide election in the reliably blue state. He served as lieutenant governor under Republican Robert Ehrlich during his single term. Democrat Martin O'Malley defeated Ehrlich in 2006 and again in 2010, but is term-limited from running again in 2014.

Speaking last week on WMAL, Steele similarly admitted interest in a gubernatorial run.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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