Washington (CNN) – A spokesman for the Republican National Committee sought to distance Chairman Michael Steele Wednesday from a controversial fundraising presentation that was first reported by the Politico.
RNC Communications Director Doug Heye sent an email to GOP allies, prior to the Politico posting the story on its Web site, telling them that Steele had never seen the document which portrays President Obama in clown makeup with a banner that said “Socialism.” The RNC document also likened House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Disney character Cruella DeVille and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to Scooby Doo. According to Politico’s report, the document said that without control of the White House, the Senate, or the House, the RNC should pursue a fundraising strategy focused on saving “’the country from trending toward Socialism!’”
“The document was used for a fundraising presentation Chairman Steele did not attend, nor had he seen the document,” Heye said in the email to Republican allies that was provided to CNN. “Fundraising documents are often controversial. Obviously, the Chairman disagrees with the language and finds the use of such imagery to be unacceptable. It will not be used by the Republican National Committee – in any capacity – in the future.”
Heye provided the Politico with the same quote for its story.
The DNC seized on the opportunity to criticize the RNC over the fundraising presentation.
“This revealing document proves what the Republican party has long denied,” Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said in a written statement. “But now, by their own admission, the express strategy of the Republican party is not to offer new ideas, but ‘fear.’ Republicans can no longer deny that they are peddling fear when they are literally selling it as their path back to power.”
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