In related news, the RNC is a record $20 million in debt.

(Politico)– Michael Steele is making his case for another term as Republican National Committee chairman by touting his role in party’s success in the 2010 elections and his ability to reach out to the party’s grass roots.

Many Republican insiders didn’t expect Steele to run for reelection, and the chairman has been low-key in his campaigning. But, in a Monday op-ed, Steele argues that his leadership helped push the party to big gains in November.

“I ask to be judged on the only criteria that matter in this job — fundraising, turnout and election results. Based on those metrics, the RNC has been more successful in the past two years than ever in its history,” he wrote on the Daily Caller.

A majority of the 168 voting members of the RNC appear unwilling to support Steele, POLITICO reported early Monday, but the chairman isn’t ready to give up on the race.

Though he conceded that his “tenure as chairman has been characterized by outspokenness and a willingness to engage in the political debate as a force for conservative principles,” Steele said his tactics have been key to fertilizing the party’s grass-roots movement.