Michael Steele, the outspoken and unguarded former Republican National Committee chairman, has inked a deal for the job he was born for: talking head on cable news.
MSNBC announced Monday morning in POLITICO’s Playbook that Steele will join the network as a political analyst, contributing regularly to its programming.
“It’s an honor to contribute and engage in the dialogue on MSNBC,” Steele said in a statement.
Since leaving his post atop the RNC in January, Steele has made several appearances on “The Rachel Maddow Show” and a few others on MSNBC programming — sometimes the only Republican amid a sea of Democrats, albeit one who can veer off party message to speak his own mind.
The deal with MSNBC comes after reports this winter that Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, was in talks with CNN and Fox News Channel to become a contributor.
Earlier this month, Steele took on a gig as a columnist at The Root, the Washington Post Company’s website targeted at African-Americans. There, he’ll write monthly columns and weigh in on breaking news. He also contributes to POLITICO’s Arena.
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