Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele seems to be playing the race card:
Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he won’t resign despite calls for him to step down amid reports of the group’s excessive spending, adding that he and other African-American leaders such as President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because of their race.
“The honest answer is, ‘yes,’” he said on “Good Morning America” today. “Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It’s a different role for me to play and others to play and that’s just the reality of it. But you just take that as a part of the nature of it.”
“My view on politics is much more grassroots oriented … so I tend to, you know, come at it a little bit stronger, a little bit more street-wise. That’s rubbed some feathers the wrong way,” Steele told “GMA’s” George Stephanopoulos.
Steele is under fire by his own party members for what some people consider lavish spending — $17,000 for private jet travel, $13,000 for limousines and car services and $9,000 for a trip to the Beverly Hills hotel. But the most controversial revelation was that RNC staffers spent nearly $2,000 at Voyeur West Hollywood, a sex-themed nightclub in Los Angeles. The employee who authorized the expense was fired, but then the RNC shot itself in the foot again later, sending a fundraising letter that mistakenly directed donors to call a phone-sex number.
Steele said the spending issue is being blown up “larger than it needs to be.”
“The reality of it is, when I first heard about this behavior going on, I was very angry, and we dealt with it and got to the bottom of it,” Steele said. “We have been putting great controls in place for the last few months on some of our financing.”
Sorry, but this is bogus.
Steele is under fire not because of the color of his skin, but because of his perceived incompetence. In fact, I would say that the only reason Steele has a job right now is because of the successes that the GOP has had over the past year in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts. But for those victories, Steele would have been out on the street long ago.
Here’s the video: