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Gentry Collins Officially Announces RNC Chairman Bid

Photo Courtesy - LAS dot ias dot edu(WASHINGTON) -- Gentry Collins, a former top aide to current Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele who resigned as political director of the RNC last month in protest of Steele’s leadership, officially announced his bid for chairman on Monday.

“My campaign for Chairman is based on a plan for the future, not a critique of the past,” Collins wrote in a letter to committee members. “I have a plan to strengthen our party, reclaim the RNC's place as the premier political organization in the country, and raise the resources we need to compete with President Obama’s fundraising machine.”

The announcement comes on the same day that Steele plans to announce his own decision on whether to run for re-election in a conference call with members of the committee. Many GOP insiders speculated that Steele would not seek a second term. However, a flurry of news reports late Monday indicated otherwise.

Collins becomes the fifth officially declared candidate for the job. He joins Saul Anuzis, the former chairman of the Michigan GOP; Ann Wanger, former head of the Missouri Republican Party; Reince Priebus, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party; and Maria Cino, a veteran of the Bush administration.

Collins quit his RNC post in mid-November and his resignation letter offered what amounted to a scathing assessment of Steele’s job performance.

Collins charged that the committee, under Steele's leadership, had “allowed its major donor base to wither,” spent far too much money on fundraising rather than winning elections and squandered opportunities to help Republican candidates in key races during the 2010 election cycle.

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Republican Insider Gunning for RNC Chairman Michael Steele's Job

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- ABC News has learned former Republican National Committee (RNC) political director Gentry Collins has taken the first step toward running for RNC chairman. Collins filed papers with the IRS to create a 527 fundraising committee called "Collins for Chairman."

Collins caused a stir last week when he abruptly resigned from the RNC, accusing current chairman Michael Steele of mismanaging the RNC and "allowing its major donor base to wither."

Michigan Republican Saul Anuzis has already declared his candidacy and exploratory committees have been set up by former Bush administration official Maria Cino and former RNC chairwoman Ann Wagner.  

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Out with a Bang: RNC Political Director Steps Down

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Republican National Committee Political Director Gentry Collins has submitted his resignation to chairman Michael Steele with a stinging letter blasting Steele’s fundraising and leadership.

Steele is presumed to be seeking another term as RNC chairman next month.

“In the previous two non-presidential cycles, the RNC carried over $4.8 million and $3.1 million respectively in cash reserve balances into the presidential cycles,” Collins writes in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by ABC News. “In stark contrast, we enter the 2012 presidential cycle with 100% of the RNC’s $15 million in lines of credit tapped out, and unpaid bills likely to add millions to that debt.”

He makes clear that Steele was at fault for the party’s fundraising woes and writes that funding problems may have cost Republicans a chance to take the Senate.

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