Michael Steele, a former Republican National Committee chairman and former lieutenant governor of Maryland, is weighing a 2014 gubernatorial bid, he said Monday.
“We’re looking at it,” Steele, who is now an MSNBC contributor, told host Chuck Todd on his program “The Daily Rundown” on the network. Steele said he doesn’t feel that he needs to make a decision until the end of the year.
His comments came on the same day that Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R) became the first major Republican candidate to announce his bid to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). Also Monday, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), who announced his gubernatorial bid last month, publicly unveiled Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D) as his running mate.
Steele, who lost a U.S. Senate bid in 2006, acknowledged that Maryland is “a tough state” for a Republican, but he suggested there may be an opening because residents have been “taxed to the hilt.”