Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is suggesting that critics of his controversial tenure could be closet racists, according to an interview published Tuesday.
Speaking to “Washingtonian” magazine, Steele wondered why his Democratic National Committee counterpart doesn't get the same criticism he does, The Hill political Web site reported Tuesday.
There was no online version of the interview, but The Hill offered some of what Steele said.
"I don’t see stories about the internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation," Steele said. "Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?”
The RNC has experienced significant staff turnover since Steele became chairman, especially in the communications shop.
Republican leaders have told Newsmax and other publications that Steele’s penchant for off-the-cuff remarks that tend to insult conservative icons like Rush Limbaugh are unwanted distractions in a year in which Republican could conceivably recapture both the House and the Senate.
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