April 8th, 2010
07:31 PM ET
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North Carolina GOP chairman asks Steele to resign

North Carolina GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer called on Michael Steele to resign.
North Carolina GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer called on Michael Steele to resign.

Washington (CNN) – North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer called on Michael Steele Thursday to resign as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Fetzer made the request in an early afternoon letter sent to Steele.

Read the letter

Fetzer told CNN in a telephone interview that he felt that “the party needed new leadership to move forward.”

“This is a conclusion that I reached only recently and somewhat reluctantly,” Fetzer said. “I have been supportive of him during my entire tenure as chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. In the last few days, I have reached the conclusion that if we are going to be the party of reform we have to start with our own party.”

Fetzer was referring to allegations that Steele is misusing donor funds as Republicans prepare for the midterm elections.

Earlier this week, New Hampshire RNC member Sean Mahoney resigned his post in protest of Steele and GOP operative Alex Castellanos said that Steele should step down.

In addition, prominent RNC fundraiser Sam Fox also parted ways with the national committee.

But Steele has his supporters including the GOP chairmen representing California, Delaware and Illinois as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, among others.

Update 5:55 p.m.: RNC Deputy Communications Director Katie Wright responded Thursday evening to Fetzer's request for Steele to step down:

"Chairman Steele has maintained broad support from RNC committee members, who have been pleased with the proactive measures put in place for greater accountability. Most importantly, the RNC remains focused on raising money and winning elections in North Carolina and across the country this fall," Wright said.


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. GOPBslapper

    The "Party of No" wishes to return to being the "Party of No Blacks". Thank you for your cooperation,
    Sincerely,
    Rush Limbaugh

    April 8, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. J.T

    I told you Mr. Steele. When things are going to go wrong, they will throw you under the bus and back it over you after they hit you with it the first time. I say this in all sincerity, even though you are qualified for this position, they will always look at you as their Obama clone for the republican party. Just like they're using Palin as a Hillary Clinton clone. It hurts but the truth is in your face rather you want to admit it or not.

    April 8, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Denna

    Now Michael Steele will find out why he was chosen. They are about to dump you like last week's garbage. Reality bites.

    April 8, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Aymond

    Unlike the democrats, at least the GOP takes some action when there is wrongdoing or controversy, although I hope Steele can come through this and show he can be an effective leader. Most of Obama's appointments have more controversy surrounding them than Michael Steele, but it is simply ignored.

    April 8, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Joe Smith

    If the Catholic church can continue its pedophilia and still expect to survive, then the Republicans have found a perfect chairman in Steele. Why should you expect there to be any reform?

    April 8, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. surfsup

    Reform, Reform, Reform is another word for failure. How can you reform or change when you don't have a beginning point. Example:small government = what. The Senate or Congress can't get there act together unless Dems use the 51% rule.
    Change is what Obama won election on, and change is what he is doing. Stop complaining. Not long ago the Republican's called Dems Unpatriotic if they disagreed with the President. Republicans put the country in chaos, they continue to be the party of no, they support anarchy ie: tea party agenda, and reform is an admission of failure.
    They have no leadership of value with a new vision, other than same ole small government, big army, corporations and banks rule.
    They are biodegradable. Go green, get rid of them all. Go Obama

    April 8, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. Ramses

    First, he has no business to be in the Republican Party & we do not want him in the Democratic Party. He acts & talks like a white conservative, criticizes Obama & the Democrats agenda. Send him to Timbuktu. This country does not need this Gringo.

    April 8, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. Katie B in NC

    Fetzer wants Steele's job for himself.

    April 8, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. ron

    Soooooo, why didn't fetzer resign?

    April 8, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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