New Orleans (CNN) – As Michael Steele faces continued questions about his leadership of the Republican National Committee, Newt Gingrich is emerging as one of his most vocal defenders.
The former House speaker - who has had a friendly relationship with Steele for years and even penned the introduction to Steele's book - told Republicans to lay off the chairman earlier this week, urging them to focus instead on defeating Democrats in November.
Gingrich continued to stand up for the embattled party chairman on Thursday in New Orleans, where he was set to speak to the opening session of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
In an interview with CNN, Gingrich was asked if Republican donors were right to have questioned Steele's financial stewardship.
In nine of the 14 months Steele has led the RNC, the committee has spent more than it has raised. That's on top of the recent scandal involving an expenditure at a sex-themed Hollywood nightclub.
"That's just so factually false. I'm amazed that a serious reporter could ask it," Gingrich responded.
Gingrich said questions about Steele's fiscal record were "false," because the RNC had its best fundraising month in recent memory in March, banking $11.4 million.
"They have raised over $100 million. They have $11 million in the bank with zero debt," he said. "Here's a guy who helped win New Jersey, helped win Massachusetts, helped win Virginia. They have had the biggest fundraising month in their history, and you're raising fundraising questions?"
Pressed again on the committee's spending habits - they kept just $2 million of that March fundraising total - Gingrich blamed the "elite media" for keeping the pressure on Steele.
"Go ask the DNC to release all their records, go ask the DNC to be accountable, go ask the DNC to where they spend their money," he said. (The DNC has released all their records: Both party committees publicly file their financial records every month, as is legally required.)
"I think it's better for Republicans to be unified and to focus on Pelosi, Reid and Obama rather than allow ourselves to be split by what I think are largely fundamentally inaccurate reports," Gingrich said.
Can someone please translate? Did he mean to say Media-elite?
HAhaha, sounds like someone got their talking points all wrong...
Newt–let's get back to why you opted out of running for higher offices...why was that Mr. G? Skeletons? Typical of you-attack, attack and say nothing worthwhile or constructive. On what is your credibility to be based–your extramarital prowess?
It's the old Gingrich tactic... if the facts aren't on your side, blame the media. I guess that's the modern, whiney version of shoot the messenger, but it plays well to a certain segment of Republican and Republican-leaning voters, and it seems to work for Palin.
"Elite media"? What, reporters aren't supposed to ask questions when a supposed "family-values" person takes money from hard-working people then goes out and spends it on partying at a sex club?
Give me a break!
Another whiny baby republican. Newt you are so go 1990s- go back there no one needs your idiotic whining again.
Since Fox News is the big ratings winner does that make them the "Elite Media"?
Once again, a prominent Republican is trying to shift blame onto the "media".
Here's the solution, Newt, to getting the "media" off your backs:
Quit being so hypocritical
Quit trying to harm our country
Quit playing the "Christian" card
Quit trying to re-write history
You know, quit being a Republican!
So the media invented the strip club? Please.
Guess what...we don't CARE who the head of the GOP is...if not Steel, then some other lying conservative wingnut.
Difference in 94 Newt didnt have to lie.. Now that's all that comes out of his fat pork pie hole
Probably went to the porn club in LA we all know how he rolls. Of course he likes Steel!
Good old Newt Gangrene. Now there's a fella who knows class.
Aw! Newt The Brute Gingrich (Mr. Grinch) Can't Stand The Heat?
No "elite media" (whatever that is) is responsible for Steele's problems. He seems to have foot in mouth disease. He makes his own troubles without any help. It also seems his own party gives him more trouble than the Dems. Odd situation.
Elite media? Whatever! Some day the Republicans are going to have to actually take responsibility for the way they run their party and the mess they caused when they ran our government. They are always attacking their own weaknesses. In case no one noticed, the Republicans represent the financial elite in this country.
The elitists continue to hammer Steele because unlike Obama this black man will not be subservient to their wishes. Just goes to show you racism is pervasive and has very little to do with political view as the delusional left would try to make it seem.
Keep him..you rate him
It appears, on the surface, that those in charge of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference want the RNC Chairman to be white, and of course he or she must support the Sons of the Confederacy and the justification of slavery when America needed inexpensive labor in the Colonies.
Ah, yes, the old "elite media" ploy. Don't these people ever get tired of inane name-calling. By "elite", does Mr. Gingrich mean a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status. Let's see. Mr. Gingrich received a B.A. degree from Emory University, and an M.A. and then a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Tulane, and was a professor of history for 8 years. Mr. Gingrich was Speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr. Gingrich is a multi-millionaire. His hypocrisy is unfailingly interesting, but not in the least bit surprising. One wonders, when he throws around catchy phrases such as "elite media", how much this represents nothing so much as self-loathing.
I've have finally come to the conclusion that Republican leadership must be only averagely- educated and economically middle class and having nothing of any importance to offer.
That is the only conclusion I have for them referring the the media at "elite" of the President as a " Harvard Elitist".
"Elite" by definition means in a class by itself distinctive, or exceptional..
These are terms used to describe Regan, Lincoln, Washington, Ben Franklin, FDR, JFK and a handful of generals and Supreme Court justices. So to say that todays media is "elite" must mean that it is doing an exceptional job of pointing out the short-comings of our politicains. It must also mean that President Obama is distinctive.
Of course many people think George W. was in a class by himself as well as one of the worst Presidents we've had, so i guess that makes him "elite" as well.
Man they are desperate, desperate, desperate...
GinGRINCH, don't you know that your party is SPLITTING and half of them may agree with what you are saying and the other half are not??? Did you get the email???? I don’t’ think you got clearance from your party leaders – Palin/Bachmann/Beck/Limbaugh/insanity to make this statement? Now, you will be reprimanded and told that you need to STICK with the AGENDA or GET OUT!!! LOL
This is getting too good!
Oh, my goodness! Gingrich is so completely transparent it isn't funny. Defend the waste. Defend the appearance of impropriety and ... well ... just plain stupid moves. It just shows the world what we could expect from someone like you as president.
Give it up Gingrich.
Neither you nor any other member of the Republican party has any credibility.
You got yourselves through your stupidity.
Oh, yes, when the truth about these corrupt GOP scumbags is revealed, it's all because the media are elite. Please, we aren't ALL blind morons, Newt. Get over yourself.
GOP = Corruption. Period.
newt vouching for micheal steele is about the same as mark sanford vouching for john ensign.