GOP Leaders Seek to Dump RNC’s Gaffe-Prone Steele
November 10, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—The gaffe-prone Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele has been the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats. There are just too many fond memories to recount now, but Steele’s “off the hook” strategy to appeal to minority voters in “urban-suburban hip-hop settings” is a classic. And of course, who can forget the many blaring headlines last March, such as the one penned by ChattahBox, “RNC Chairman Steele Denies Attending Bondage Sex Club.” That’s not something you see everyday. Well, the Democrats’ schadenfreude is about to come to an and. Republican leaders have apparently had enough of their bungling clownish chairman and are working behind the scenes to oust him.
Last year while appearing on a local Missouri radio talk show, Steele agreed “one thousand percent” with the host that Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), soon to become Speaker of the House, is an “an absolute freakin’ joke.”
Not surprisingly, Boehner, as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), are working behind the scenes to replace Michael Steele with someone less gaffe-prone, who can raise money from large Republican donors, a task which Steele failed miserably at during his tenure.
The Washington Post reports that Henry Barbour, the nephew of Gov. Haley Barbour is actively recruiting candidates to run against Steele, if he decides to seek another term as chairman.
“There is an effort underway among prominent Republican National Committee members to recruit a serious alternative to Chairman Michael Steele if and when he decides to stand for a second term early next year, according to sources familiar with the conversations.”
“Henry Barbour, the nephew of Gov. Haley Barbour and a committeeman from Mississippi, has approached Reince Priebus, who served as the chairman of Steele’s first run for chairman in 2009, about the possibility of challenging the incumbent early next year.”
And The New York Times is reporting that Boehner and McConnell would like to see Steele gone, but short of convincing him not to run, the lawmakers may be stuck with his leadership if no one else steps up to challenge the bumbling, stumbling Steele.
“Officials close to the presumed new House speaker, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, and the Senate minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said that both men would prefer a new chairman as well, but that they were also resigned to Mr. Steele’s continued leadership should no clear alternative emerge to defeat him.”
Steele is saying publicly he has not yet made a decision to seek another term as RNC Chairman, but at the same time he is working to build support for another run.
“Mr. Steele, who did not respond to interview requests on Tuesday, has said he has not decided whether to seek re-election when his two-year term expires in January. The 168 members of the Republican National Committee, who vote on the chairman, will convene then in Washington for their winter meeting.”
Steele’s bumbling stewardship became so problematic that many large donors avoided giving to the RNC and instead, donated their cash to the Republican Governors Association and other GOP groups.
The last straw for neoconservative Republicans was Steele’s bizarre remarks made over the summer at a fundraiser that were caught on tape, wherein he seemingly forgot why we invaded Afghanistan. Steele said that the war in Afghanistan “was a war of Obama’s choosing,” adding “America had not “actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in” the Afghanistan war.
Meanwhile, Democrats are watching from the sidelines enjoying the spectacle.