Michael Steele says he’s thinking about another run for office in Maryland


Michael Steele, former lieutenant governor of Maryland, left, attended the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in May. (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael S. Steele said Thursday that he is considering another run for office in Maryland in coming years.

Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, was asked during an appearance on News Channel 8 about his interest in running again.

“Yeah, I love the opportunity of public service that affords me to be with people and to help solve problems for them,” Steele said while a guest on “News Talk with Bruce DePuyt.” “I enjoyed my time as lieutenant governor, and I look forward to how things play out this year, and next year we’ll take a look and see where Maryland is.”

He didn’t say what office he might seek.

Last summer, Steele floated the idea of running for governor this year but ultimately decided to take a pass on the Republican primary, in which Anne Arundel County businessman Larry Hogan prevailed in June. Hogan faces Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) in November.

“I think we have a very good chance with Larry Hogan right now running for governor, and I’m very excited about his message,” Steele said Thursday. “There’s a turning point here. I want to be a part of that, and as we go forward, I’ll see what’s out there.”

Steele served from 2003 to 2007 as Maryland’s lieutenant governor under Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), the state’s only GOP chief executive during the past generation. But Steele fell short in 2006 when he ventured out on his own and sought to become a U.S. senator from the state, in which Democrats hold a more than 2-to-1 advantage in registered voters.

After a rocky tenure as RNC chairman, he has become a popular commentator on national politics on cable station MSNBC.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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