Beleaguered Republican National Committee chief Michael Steele has become a “distraction” as major party figures encourage others not to donate to the RNC but to candidates and committees directly instead.
Here are key excerpts from the Times article, “G.O.P. Squirms as Spotlight Focuses on Its Leader”
- “At a time when the Republican National Committee is looking to take advantage of Democratic troubles and make gains in Congressional elections, Mr. Steele is commanding attention mostly for questionable expenditures by the committee, lagging fund-raising, staff defections and dismissals, an aggressive round of paid speeches and speaking appearances and politically inopportune remarks.”
- “That concern spiked as Mr. Steele fired his chief of staff, Ken McKay — a popular figure who, Republicans said, learned of his dismissal when his wife saw the report on MSNBC — implicitly blaming him for spending abuses, including the strip club, that Mr. Steele said he had only learned about by reading his committee’s report to the Federal Election Commission.”
- “The chairman of the Republican Party should be able to lead,” Alex Castellanos, an unpaid senior adviser to the committee, said in an interview. "And right now I think he’s lost the confidence and the support of the people he’s leading."
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