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GOP Elects 1st Black Nat’l Chairman

ORG XMIT: DCPM111 Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele holds a gavel after he was elected the first black Republican National Committee chairman in an election by the RNC during their winter meetings, Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 in Washington. Steele was the most moderate candidate in the field and was considered an outsider because he's not an RNC member. He beat back four challengers, including incumbent Mike Duncan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Pablo Monsivais / The Spokesman-Review)
ORG XMIT: DCPM111 Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele holds a gavel after he was elected the first black Republican National Committee chairman in an election by the RNC during their winter meetings, Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 in Washington. Steele was the most moderate candidate in the field and was considered an outsider because he's not an RNC member. He beat back four challengers, including incumbent Mike Duncan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Pablo Monsivais / The Spokesman-Review)

 Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, center, is congratulated by supporters after the announcement that he had been elected the first black Republican National Committee chairman by the RNC during their winter meetings in Washington. Steele was the most moderate candidate in the field and was considered an outsider because he's not an RNC member. He beat back four challengers, including incumbent Mike Duncan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Steele Coming To Idaho Feb. 18: Michael called me soon after the November elections and I told him that I would be proud to support him. He later asked me to be on his leadership team as one of a dozen whips across the country, helping to garner votes among the 168 members of the RNC. Michael came to Boise to visit and strategize with me over breakfast at the Grove Hotel on January 18. We discussed the success that Republicans enjoy in Idaho and how to make that happen in other states. Now that vision is set to become a reality/Idaho GOP Chair Norm Semanko. Full statement here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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