April 1st, 2010
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Santorum will still attend RNC fundraiser

After questioning Michael Steele’s leadership, former Sen. Rick Santorum will still attend an RNC fundraiser next week.
After questioning Michael Steele’s leadership, former Sen. Rick Santorum will still attend an RNC fundraiser next week.

Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum publicly questioned Michael Steele's leadership of the Republican National Committee earlier this week after financial records revealed that the party paid for a night out at a racy Los Angeles nightclub.

But Santorum, who is contemplating a presidential bid in 2012, is not backing out of an appearance at a fundraiser for the committee in Louisiana next week. The RNC is hosting a series of fundraisers in New Orleans timed to coincide with the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, according to an invitation obtained by Politico on Wednesday.

Santorum is slated to appear at a Saturday breakfast along with Texas Gov. Rick Perry. A spokesman for Perry has not yet confirmed whether the governor will still attend.

"While Senator Santorum has been very critical of the recent RNC fundraising incident, he doesn't believe the solution is to abandon the RNC and our party," said Santorum spokeswoman Virginia Davis. "The RNC must take a close examination at how they are running their operation to ensure something like this won't happen again."

The RNC invitation also boasts several "invited speakers," including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

But Palin's staff has asked that her name be removed from the invitation, calling it misleading.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Ben in Texas

    Imagine! Rick Santorum and Rick Perry on the same bill! Sick Rick and Slick Rick! Negative energy like that could cause a nuclear melt down.

    April 1, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. kgreen

    wow! what a guy!

    April 1, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. BETTY APPLE BROWN

    HA HA HA....He is the right wing wacko doodle that really really hates gays and has that big fat cry baby daughter....yeah right Ricky....you'll be our next president HA HA HA

    April 1, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. rita

    Santorum will make an opportunistic speech anywhere and at anytime – as long as there are no red-blooded loving gay American citizens or partners within sight to offend his 7 (yes 7) children. His belief in intelligent design can be disproved with one utterance from his mouth.

    April 1, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. quarterback

    Lap dance with every donation.

    Sarah could have had a new gig. Too bad she won't be there.

    April 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Allen Hussein

    I think Rick "man on dog" Santorum is upset that he was not invited on boys night out in West Hollywood.

    April 1, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. stop the nonsense

    I'm sure he will do anything to get his face in front of people- that's what presidential hopefuls do.

    April 1, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Kathleen

    The list of these Republicans above are all dispicable.

    The Republicans are against entitlements! That means they are against Medicare and S.S.! Marc Rubio? would Florida be that stupid?

    Santorum? Look at him! You think he could be President? Do ya.
    And Palin? And Romney?

    What they believe in is blamiing "entitlements such as S.S. and Medicare and Unemployment for all their woes, while packing their pocketbooks with "dirty money" that they receive from Health Care Companies for their vote. and Oil companies for their "deniying climate change. Mike Pence is just one of them that has been reported for receiving money from Oil Companies to deny Climate Change-to do something positive for our children and grandchildren
    to save our climate? How much has Mike Pence received? What about Boehner, What about. well, whoever is denying climate change for the sake of Big Oil the loudest. Whoever, Poilitician is denying climate change is more than likely being "paid to deny the truth to the American People!

    They need to go, Now! They certainly do NOT deserve another term.
    The list is long. Is that the way you voters want to preserve America?
    To have politicians getting paid to vote against your needs, American?

    Notice, they never say anything against their own salaries, the war,
    the enormous retirements. Go to (ntui.org) to see why just one state is getting rid of hundreds of teachers and cutting the school days down to 4!!!! Illinois is a rich state, with the Governor lying by omission where the real deficit comes from. to pay hundreds of Retiree $20,000 to $30,000 a month!!!!!! Then you can check your own state. It is time
    now, to know the truth American. And Rubio wants to raise the retirement age???? And Gregg-Conrad have and amendment that could be signed into law when the Repubs take office "to have to power to DRASTICALLY CUT Medicare, S.S. with a committee of
    a few congressmen! That vote the way the amendment is written don't have to go thru congress-just a committee. And that Rand Paul, and Paul Ryan, who thinks that Medicare and S.S. is unsubstainable?
    NOT TRUE. It is them! That spend money and rob the taxpayers blind.

    I am not a Tea Partier. Just a constant searcher of the truth! And the Republicans, don't tell the truth. Palin included. John McCain included. It would take me a long time to name them all, but the Republicans have lied to us long enough. FIRE THEM

    April 1, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Larry

    Rick Sanitarium will do anything for money.

    April 1, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. markp

    I used to admire Senator Santorum. But he has really fallen if he is now hanging out with Texas governor Rick Perry. Perry has been governor of Texas for around ten years, but ANY Texan would not need too many fingers to count his accomplishments.

    and you should see him talk with he doesn't have any cards...hilarious, sad, and pretty confusing

    April 1, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. elaine

    He could rehash his prominent public participation in the private matter of the Terri Shiavo case. This would open up many wallets among this crowd.

    April 1, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Joyce

    Somebody needs to question the entire leadership of the Republican party. It is becoming apparent that Republicans are more interested in the power their party can exert rather than the good of the American people.

    April 1, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. steve

    Former Senator Rick Santorum. I love how that sounds.

    April 1, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Karma

    Uh, hello! Now adding Santorum to the RNC's nasty talk sex line and voyeur mix? Why not throw in some secession while the RNC is at it, and there is sure to be a Grand Ol' Party...LOL

    Who in the world is handling the PR? This is a public relations nightmare, but it could not happen to a more deserving group of Republican drama.

    As they say: reap what ye sow.

    April 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    This man is truly pro-life!

    So much so that he took his dead fetus home to try and play with him like he was alive.

    Now THAT'S dedication to conservative values. So pro-life that it doesn't matter that the baby is dead.

    Please Republicans, PLEASE nominate this guy for the 2012 Presidential nomination. And if not him then PLEASE nominate Sarah Palin.

    April 1, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. susanj

    He is a freak.

    April 1, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Kathleen

    Sorry, It looked like it was gone. It was for a minute.

    April 1, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Enitan

    Is the the same Santorum we Voted out of office in the State of Penn?? Now he thinks he is a Presidential Material????????? What a Joke a complete waste of my tax money.

    Not a chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. mike

    Don't tell me this guy is trying to make a reappearance on the national stage?? Pennsylvanians got rid of this guy! He is a right wing nut who is way out of touch with main stream America! He just wants to be on TV!

    April 1, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Citizen disgusted with career politicians

    Santorum flip-flops on Steele? Good move. You can't stand on principle when you have it both ways.

    April 1, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    I care about this so little I might actually go all the way around not caring and come back to caring like some freak accident with an emotional mobius strip.

    April 1, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. hongli

    This is very good that Michael Steeles has become the whipping boy of the Racial National Congress.I hope this teaches Steeles that you cannot mix oil with water.

    April 1, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Brink

    I just hope that he does not engage in any "nasty talk".

    April 1, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Michele

    Ha, Palin calling something 'misleading,' after the news from Fox about her new show this week! That's rich. And, Rick, the RNC has already let "something like that" happen again....have you seen today's news of the sex number being given out on mailings paid for by the RNC? I tell you, if they were any more inept we'd think Bush was still in office. I know the rank and file believe the boasting from the front office that they are going to win so many seats this fall they will win back Congress, but I tell you, I just don't see it. Obama is neither the anti-Christ nor Satan, nor the Messiah...just a guy doing a pretty good job with a lot of tough decisions. And Dems are starting to get the message that none of these Republicans want anything to do with bipartisanship, so they will be making legislation on their own. Go for it!

    April 1, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |