Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will hold a conference call with RNC members Monday evening in which he is expected to announce a decision about whether to make another run for the party chairmanship. A handful of well-placed and influential RNC insiders tell Fox News they expect Steele to announce he is not running for reelection.
But Steele has been unpredictable, especially over recent weeks, and some close to the GOP Chairman believe he wants to run for another term and is struggling to find enough support to be reelected.
In an email to RNC members Saturday night, Steele wrote, "Dear Members, Please join me for a private conference call, Monday December 13th at 7:30pm (EST). For your personal conference code please RSPV to ... Thank you, and I look forward to talking to you Monday evening. Michael."
Steele has been criticized for being gaffe-prone in public appearances and for lackluster fundraising while at the helm of the party. He has recently been plagued by the RNC's rising debt, pegged by some close to Steele as being around $15 million.
Those criticisms of Steele have led to a crowded field of challengers seeking to head the GOP. Among those who have officially announced they are in the race are Saul Anuzis, a committee member from Michigan who ran and lost to Steele in 2009, and Reince Priebus of Wisconsin, a former member of Steele's inner circle, along with former Luxembourg Ambassador Anne Wagner
Former RNC Political Director under Steele Gentry Collins and Maria Cino, a former Bush administration official are also both flirting with a run.
Fox Producer Wes Barrett contributed to this report.
Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.