Steele's Foreign Outreach Effort Angers GOP Leaders

Tuesday, 03 Aug 2010 11:26 PM

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In a bizarre strategy with key midterm elections just three months away, the Republican National Committee is trying to set up meetings between Chairman Michael Steele and foreign ambassadors to the United States – a use of time and money that is exasperating senior Republicans.

An RNC intern sent a message late last month to at least one ambassador on behalf of Neil Alpert, a senior finance aide, according to Politico.

“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.”

Steele’s outreach to foreign representatives heading into the final stretch of the mid-term election cycle is angering GOP stalwarts already fed up with the controversial chairman’s knack for bad publicity.

“They can’t give any money and they can’t vote,” former RNC Chairman Jim Nicholson told Politico. “I don’t know why you’d take time to do it.”
It is illegal for foreign nationals to contribute to American candidates or political parties.

Nicholson told Politico he never sought out foreign ambassadors during his tenure, only coming into contact with them at social events or when they requested meetings with him.

Read the entire story at Politico.

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