March 5th, 2009
02:14 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC member asks Steele to resign as chairman

Steele is taking heat from members of his own committee.
Steele is taking heat from members of his own committee.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A member of the Republican National Committee is asking chairman Michael Steele to resign his post, saying that she has "never seen such ineptness in our GOP leadership."

North Carolina committeewoman Ada Fisher, one of three African-Americans on the 168-member committee, e-mailed members of Steele's transition team on Wednesday asking them to encourage the chairman "to step aside in the best interest of the party and let us elect another chairman." Steele himself was copied on the e-mail.

"From where I sit and from what I am seeing, Mr. Steele is further eroding confidence in the Republican Party," she wrote.

Fisher is an outspoken member of the committee who has never been a fan of Steele. She backed South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson for the committee chairmanship in January.

In the e-mail, first reported by The Hill newspaper and provided to CNN by a GOP source, Fisher wrote that "the fiasco with Rush Limbaugh is a Republican Horror Show."

"Limbaugh has already promised that 'His Conservatives' won't be giving to the RNC," she wrote. "I would suggest to you that that is a real bet. If we can't raise money and continue to allow the alienation of the few verifiable red states remaining, we are foolish."

Fisher argued that Steele's attempts to reach out to African-Americans are embarrassing.

"I don't want to hear anymore language trying to be cool about the bling in the stimulus package or appealing to D.L. Hughley and blacks in a way that isn't going to win us any votes and makes us frankly appear to many blacks as quite foolish," she wrote.

UPDATE: Reince Priebus, the Wisconsin GOP chairman who is heading up Steele’s transition team, dismissed Fisher’s criticisms.

“She has been spewing poisonous e-mails about Michael Steele from the day Michael Steele decided to run for chairman, on a weekly basis,” he told CNN.

Priebus said that Steele is halfway through a 60-day transition that includes a series of department reviews which will be followed by “implementation and hiring.”

“Key hires will be happening very soon,” he said.

Steele will also hold a series of “regional roundtables” beginning on April 2 in five different cities, meetings that will involve feedback and questions from state party chairman and executive directors.

Priebus said Steele is following through on his promise for “wholesale change at the RNC.”

“Doing the same old thing that we’ve always done after being clobbered in the last two elections would be absolute malpractice,” he said.


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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. obama-mama

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....I can't breathe.

    March 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Lush Limprick & Osama bin Laden have the same vision for America - FAILUE!

    We Dems realized this would not last long. First David Duke is teed off, now Lush.

    Steele will soon resign citing "family obligations" as the reason!

    March 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Robert

    "Limbaugh has already promised that 'His Conservatives' won't be giving to the RNC," she wrote. "I would suggest to you that that is a real bet. If we can't raise money and continue to allow the alienation of the few verifiable red states remaining, we are foolish."

    You don't want to upset Rush now do you. The GOP has become a joke.

    March 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Nick

    Your no Obama. He leads and you follow. Lets see how much fight you have in you now. Master Rush wants Steele out so that means Steele goes. Time to stop being the " House Negro". Steele is only fooling himself running around with Rush and his crew. Time to wake up and see the light.

    March 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. precious

    For all those who said President Bush failed, well, didn't America then failed? An if America has already failed, how then can President Obama succeed?

    March 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. precious

    For all those who said President Bush failed, well, didn't America then failed? And if America has already failed, how then can President Obama succeed?

    March 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Tom

    "Republican Horror Show"? I think I saw–no, lived–that movie, and I think it was about eight years long. No reruns, please. Keep Steele right where he is, because with him the GOP is going nowhere fast, and that's good for the rest of us.

    March 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Tina

    game over!

    March 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. magella

    Good for her. She is completely right.

    March 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Happy Camper

    Ron Paul is the leader of the Republican Party, everybody knows it except the neo-cons.

    March 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Once you vote Black

    I knew this would happen. Look at how bad they are treating the Blackman. And you want us to vote for you? They got this Uncle Tom women in NC where they still think they are slaves to call the man down. The GOP is a boil and needs to be lanced. I hope there are those ready to form a 3rd party. Just Ghetto!

    March 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Angie in Pa

    UH OH Mr Steele is in Big Trouble see What you get For Messing with the Almighty Great leader Rush Mcsteele Isnt DA MAN Afterall and yes he is Insulting The African Americans Mess with The Leader and this is what happens REPUBLICANS ARE A COMPLETE MESS HAHAHAHAHAHAH LOLOLOLOLOLOL HHAHAHAHA I LOVE IT! They are getting what they deserve!

    March 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    Wow FINALLY a GOP voice that makes sense.......maybe Ms. Fisher should be the head of the RNC,,,that is if it's ok with Rush.

    March 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Repubs Going Down

    OMG...I am still cracking up. The repubs are going down, down, down. Come on board and join the liberals, the smarter and wiser choice from what I see so far....

    March 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Really?

    I am a Democrat and African American, I totally agree with Fisher's comments.

    March 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Repubs Going Down

    OMG...I am still cracking up. The repubs are going down, down, down. Come on board and join the liberals, the smarter and wiser choice from what I see so far....

    March 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Maggie from Virginia

    Steele will soon be stepping down for "family" reasons.

    March 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Really?

    I am a Democrat and African American, I totally agree with Fisher's comments.

    March 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Will it ever end?

    More black on black crime.

    March 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Jesus hypocrite hater

    No, No! Please keep him. He's great.

    March 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. What a joke

    OMG...I am still cracking up. The repubs are going down, down, down. Come on board and join the liberals, the smarter and wiser choice from what I see so far....

    March 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. JPC

    Totally agree with her on the language trying to be cool! Michele Bachmann's comment recently..... "Michael Steele! You be da man! You be da man" was absolutely foolish! Why would he even want people to speak of him that way!

    March 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. JPC

    Totally agree with her on the language trying to be cool! Michele Bachmann's comment recently..... "Michael Steele! You be da man! You be da man" was absolutely foolish! Why would he even want people to speak of him that way!

    March 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Kristen

    What is up with his suit in that picture? It looks totally bizarre.

    March 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Lillie

    Agree! Mr. Steele needs to step down NOW before he perpetuates anymore stereotypes! Wrong man to try and draw people of color into the Republican party.......

    March 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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