The Republican Party chose the first black national chairman in its history Friday. The choice marked “the dawn of a new party,” declared the new GOP chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele.
Republicans chose Steele over four other candidates, including former President George W. Bush's hand-picked GOP chief, who bowed out declaring, “Obviously the winds of change are blowing.”
Steele takes the helm of a beleaguered Republican Party that is trying to recover after crushing defeats in November's national elections that gave Democrats control of Congress and put Barack Obama in the White House.
GOP delegates erupted in cheers and applause when his victory was announced after six ballots. He'll serve a two-year term.
Steele, an attorney was considered the most moderate of the five candidates running.
Currently, he serves as chairman of GOPAC, an organization that recruits and trains Republican political candidates.