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Steele Swarmed By Jabs At RNC Debate

January 5, 2011 by  

Steele swarmed by jabs at RNC debateDespite sweeping victories for the GOP in last November's midterm elections, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele is fending off harsh criticism from all angles.

On Jan. 3, the five candidates for the RNC leadership post gathered for a debate at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Steele, the first African American to serve as the RNC chair, is vying for his second term, but he's facing staunch opposition. His four challengers, including Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus — who is considered to be the frontrunner — slammed Steele for his mismanagement of party funds during the latest election cycle.

According to The Daily Caller, which was a co-sponsor of the debate, the GOP is $20 million in debt. The next leader will be responsible for raising enough money to fuel the 2012 presidential campaign.

"The next chairman needs to be sitting in that office for five or six hours every day, making major donor calls, making major donor visits, literally working like an absolute dog for the next two years," Priebus said during the event, quoted by the news provider.

Steele defended his record, saying that the party had a victorious election year under his leadership. Other candidates for the RNC chairmanship include Maria Cino, who served as the National Political Director for George W. Bush's presidential campaign in 2000, Saul Anuzis, the Michigan GOP chair, and Ann Wagner, former co-chair of the RNC.

The election is scheduled to take place on Jan. 14. 

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  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    Mr. Steele is a tad pompous, I believe. I don’t think he did enough for the last election to get reelected. I am sure much goes on behind the scenes that the public just doesn’t see, but he is taking credit for the sweep in the last election and I don’t think it was him at all!

    • eddie47d

      M. Steele and B. Crystal are Republican class clowns. Can’t take either one too serious.

  • Joyce from Loris

    I don’t think Steele can claim ownership of the sweep of “tea party” members in 2010. Steele has given many a conservative a head ache, with the scandals of strip clubs and now, they are in debt to the tune of $20 million?? a great deal of my contributions to the elections went to Jim DeMint’s efforts, versus the RNC, because I felt more comfortable with DeMint’s handling of the money, as well as his recommendation on candidates. Steele is very arrogant, I find that hard to swallow.

    • ValDM

      Likewise, I’m reminded of his “leadership” re: Joe Miller and the MadCow in Alaska. If he was truly a “leader” he would have told the MadCow to sit down and shut up. You’ve been defeated in a primary, and there’s no where else to go but home. Instead he allowed and financed her write-in candidacy. Now he wants to stay in??? I think not.

  • J.M.R.

    he’s a thief like the dick-tater and i will not support the rnc if he gets relected.

  • barbm

    this article so infuriated me that i went straight to the rnc site and emailed this fool. what pure and utter bovine manure!! those people won because we the people got them there. it was the tea party that sent them money instead of sending it to the rnc because the rnc wouldn’t support our candidates. and that is the reason the rnc is deep in debt now.

    like obama, our 1st black potus, it’s a shame that the 1st black rnc chairman has proved to be such a failure and so out of touch with the populous. everybody (dems) want to talk about how racist the tea party is. we are not. I wanted steele and obama to succeed so they would be role models for young black americans. I had hopes that they would show them that a black man or woman can get out of the getto, out of gangs, out of drugs and become leaders. both of them have failed miserably.

    they need to be replaced just as so many rinos still in d.c. need to be replaced. and we the people will make sure that happens in 2012 if the rinos don’t look to the tea party’s chosen few for leadership over the next 2 years.

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    I think that the electorate is tired of sending money to the Parties and watch them back unelectable candidates and refusing to back candidates the people want. An example of this was here in Pa. when the party backed Specter over Toomey. We all know how that turned out. I don’t know about every one else but my contributions that i used to send to the party now goes to the individuals.

  • tim

    The people voted, didn’t have anything to do with the republican party!!!! What it did have to do with was people were tired of the demcrats debt and not listening to them and if the gop doesn’t get it together there is gonna be alot of new independent voters!!!!! The tea party did more for them then they did for thier own party!!! In fact I believe they kept some of thier own party from being elected because they didn’t like thier new ideaas!!!!!

  • Steve

    It bothers me,the Alaska thing and including the Delaware fiasco, not to mention fence riding the defeat of the chief Senate Maggot,Oil Can Harry Reid. The GOP lost these elections intentionally, because grandfather closet republicans did not wish to lose their status or party upheavel. EVEN, if you didnt like the candidates, their election would have proved control, but they chose the cowards way out. Michael Steele is a good meaning man, but he crossed the line several times not being aware of spending and not pushing the funds to be able to exist as a party. He will not survive the RNC vote, but I think that the best bet will be with Ann Wagner, she knows the inroads and has the background to succeed in a delicate demanding job. One thing she should do is stay away from McCain and Graham, those two HAVE to become history and several others, but those two for sure. Anuzis, NO….Prius No, just a feeling.

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      Why isn’t the Reid election being investigated ? In many areas, including Reno and Las Vegas, there were more votes cast than there were registered voters. Was some deal cut behind closed door ? Keep Reid and bounce Pelosi ? Something stinks in the desert and it’s not the road kills.

  • Steve

    Having always been a Republican, since the Nam era in the 60′s, I have always dreamed of a strong party, but somehow success was always blown away by the RINO’s. This time, I have gone Teaparty and the wind is in our sails and though it would help to have the RNC Chair pushing the sail, we will make this the party of the people, with or without the help. Those who have dominated the GOP and ruled, will find their time diminishing as we move forward, we should not compromise at any juncture, unless it is advantageous to our advance.

    • who cares

      If you want your problem’s solve 1st stop voting Republican 2nd stop drinking the tea then Vote DEMOCRAT for all your needs. While Republicans are for wars and spending money and given it to Coporation. Democrats are spending money on its citizens, YOU!!

      • http://gunner689 gunner689

        Are you serious or insane ? And don’t include me in your “YOU” statement; I work for a living.

  • concerned grandma

    What blew me away was the lack of vetting or checking credentials of party candidates. The RNC will throw their support behind a person, RINO or not. Backing Republican candidates who do not follow Republican principles is what has given the RNC a bad reputation. The party platform sounds good but when not followed is deceitful.

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