Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee
chairman and Maryland lieutenant governor, will not run for the Republican
nomination for governor in 2014.
Steele said that he was going to “take a pass” for both personal and strategic reasons, according to the Washington Post.
Steele was first elected to statewide office in 2002 when former Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. was elected the state’s first Republican governor since Spirew Agnew in 1966.
He ran against Sen. Ben Cardin in 2006 for the U.S. Senate Seat left open by the retirement of former Sen. Paul Sarbanes, and received 44 percent of the vote. Steele later served as RNC chairman.