Steele to Discuss Republican ‘Party’s Outlook’ With Foreign Diplomats
August 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-RNC Chairman Michael Steele is reportedly sending out generic emails to a number of foreign embassies in Washington, DC, seeking face-to face meetings to discuss the future of the Republican Party, as the November elections near. It’s an unusual move, to say the least, for a head of a political party to court favors with foreign diplomats. Politico is reporting that the gaffe-prone Steele’s actions are puzzling to members of his party, at a time when all of his efforts should be focused on fundraising. But this is Michael Steele we are talking about, so anything is possible.
Steele is constantly in hot water with GOP leaders, over his buffoonery. He recently angered Republicans when he declared that Afghanistan “was a war of Obama’s choosing.” And that America had not “actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in” the Afghanistan war.
Steele’s office also recently failed to report $3 million in debt, a move that could result in the Federal Election Commission hitting the RNC with civil penalties.
Now, for some reason, Steele is directing his staff to schedule meetings with foreign diplomats, whom are prohibited from donating money to U.S. political campaigns.
Party leaders are assuming Steele is working to set himself up with a job, when his stint at the RNC is expected to come to an end after the mid-term elections. After his role ended as Maryland’s lieutenant governor, Steele worked for an international law firm.
Still, openly courting foreign embassies is unheard of for a party chairman.
Politico obtained the solicitation email:
“As you know, the November election is just 103 days away and the Chairman would like to extend to you an invitation to sit down either at the RNC or at your embassy to discuss the upcoming 2010 midterm elections,” wrote Christopher Kelleher, a finance department intern. “With literally hundreds of congressional seats up for grabs in just under four months, Chairman Steel [sic] would love to have the opportunity to discuss the Party’s outlook with you.”
“RNC spokesman Doug Heye declined to comment on why Steele would want to set up individual meetings with the foreign diplomats, whether he’s had any meetings with them, and if he would continue to pursue such get-togethers.”
Steel is a gift that keeps on giving.