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Michael Steele Resigning Over Voyeur-Gate?

In The Wrong Right Turn on 06/04/2010 at 09:07

UPDATE: PARTY FRACTURE WIDENS AS ANOTHER RNC OFFICIAL RESIGNS

Sean Mahoney, a New Hampshire businessman who until today served as the Republican National Committeeman for the Granite State, announced today he is resigning from the RNC. Mahoney, who has served on the RNC’s Conservative Steering Committee and co-sponsored an RNC resolution against government bailouts, drew a grim comparison between out-of-control government spending in Washington and the RNC’s own profligacy in a letter to Chairman Michael Steele today. While blasting recent RNC scandals and writing the Committee “has clearly lost its way,” Mahoney writes favorably of the Tea Party movement in his letter. (Source: BigGovernment.com)

With today’s forced resignation of RNC chief-of-staff Ken McKay and the loss of top RNC fundraiser former U.S. ambassador Sam Fox, talking heads are wondering how much longer party CEO Michael Steele can hold out.

The resignations come in the blowback from controversy over a $1,946.25 RNC-paid night out for RNC Young Eagle Club donors at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

Today Steele had Democrats and Republican alike reacting with scorn when the RNC Chair pulled the race card on “Good Morning America.” Steele said that he and President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because they are black.

Asked to comment, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, himself no stranger to stupid statements, said, “Well, I think that is a fairly silly comment to make. I think Michael Steele’s problem isn’t the race card, it’s the credit card.”

It is a desperate moment indeed when Steele feels he has to resort to using tired Democratic Party tactics to defend himself against accusations of lavish and inappropriate spending. What’s next? Will he complain that Townhall.com over-darkened his photograph?

I have a sneaking suspicion that Steele will resign by end of week, simply because he did pull the race card. The scandal has simply gained too much momentum at a time when the GOP cannot afford another misstep. Face it, when Newsweek is lobbying to keep him on, he is in real trouble.

Michael Steele is a good man and has in the past been an asset to the RNC, but the party made a mistake by electing him to the post. Ken Blackwell is the right-of-center choice and should be the man to replace him. It is hard to see, despite his protestations to the contrary, how Steele can remain at the helm as the party infrastructure continues to fragment.

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  1. My sentiments exactly….and he has not raised as money as he has spent….not a good leader….very disappointed tho’ as I thought he would be a good leader and the race card was too much and insulting to us white supporters and there are a lo of us….I’m sure he knows that…I agree about Blackwell

  2. I agree he should go. I have not been impressed with his actions since he was named head of the party.

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