One Republican told me after Tuesday's RNC chairman debate that Michigan's Saul Anuzis would win because he's "everybody's second choice" for chairman. That's one of those things you hear as a reporter and write it down dutifully and let the reader decide for himself whether there is any truth to it.
But Ralph Z. Hallow of the Washington Times had a bit of a shocker yesterday:
Several members attending a first-ever special meeting of the national committee on Wednesday told The Washington Times that they expect either Michigan party Chairman Saul Anuzis or South Carolina party Chairman Katon Dawson to emerge as the party's top national official.
"I think [current RNC chairman Mike] Duncan wins the first-ballot plurality, but not the next ballots," said Maryland RNC member Joyce Lyons Tehres, who supports former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, an accomplished public speaker, for national party chairman. She said she thought Mr. Steele continued to lead the field after the Wednesday meeting, but others saw a trend.
"I sensed it was catching on, the idea that the next chairman should be a member of the committee, not a former member," said Curly Haugland, a North Dakota rancher and committee member. . . .
"Saul showed his savviness and had the best grasp of the latest in communications tools," North Dakota Chairman Gary Emineth told The Washington Times after the RNC member-only meeting at the Capitol Hill Club.
That kind of fits what I'd heard Tuesday. Anuzis is very much a hands-on operator, extremely energetic. He was all over the room at the Press Club before the debate, shaking hands and soliciting support. I caught him afterwards for a brief video interview:
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