July 30th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
8 years ago

Steele cancels NABJ appearance

Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was forced to cancel an appearance Friday before a national meeting of black journalists due to food poisoning.

"While traveling out West the Chairman came down with a bad case of food poisoning," an RNC spokesman said in an email to CNN. "He is disappointed to miss the opportunity to take part in this valuable dialogue and looks forward to engaging with NABJ in the very near future."

Steele had been in New Mexico on Thursday to attend a fundraiser for GOP gubernatorial nominee Susana Martinez.

The RNC spokesman told CNN that Steele had not been to the hospital, but that the chairman had consulted a doctor.

Steele was scheduled to address the National Association of Black Journalists, which is holding its annual meeting in San Diego.

Read the full NABJ statement:

National Association of Black Journalists Convention Convention Chair, Elise Durham was informed by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s advance team this morning that Michael Steele was canceling his panel discussion scheduled for 4:00 pm today because of food poisoning.

The RNC statement reads, "While traveling out West the Chairman came down with a bad case of food poisoning. He is disappointed to miss the opportunity to take part in this valuable dialogue and looks forward to engaging with NABJ in the very near future."

Steele was scheduled to appear at NABJ one day after former USDA Regional Rural Director Shirley Sherrod indicated that she will take legal action against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who she said caused her to lose her job.

Sherrod , who appeared before hundreds of journalists at the NABJ Convention yesterday, was forced to resign after Breitbart posted a video excerpt of a speech she gave to the NAACP and accused her being a racist.

Steele is scheduled to appear at a RNC fundraiser with Breitbart in California next month.

When asked by Durham if there was any relationship between his cancellation and the fundraiser, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joey Smith said, “We don’t comment on our finance events and never have.”

–‪Dawn Angelique Roberts Communications Chair, National Association of Black Journalists

Filed under: Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. The Truth Will Set All FREE

    Steele, think you better watch yo back?

    July 30, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Independent One

    You LIE..Mr. Steele

    July 30, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. bob


    July 30, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. pete

    yeah, right

    July 30, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Malt

    Hope Steele is feeling better.

    Note: Congressman Wiener is a complete baby. Screaming like a sissy because there are other solutions to every problem is an embarrassment to New Yorkers. He's not tough, he's a wimp trying to be a bully. You don't have to agree with the Republicans view, but demonizing them for political purposes is dishonest.

    And Wiener, you have a super majority and can pass anything you want. Quite crying, you idiot.

    July 30, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. J.T.

    Nice excuse Steele

    July 30, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Michael Steele's uncle Tom behind can care less about the NABJ.

    July 30, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    If you buy that story, I have some beachfront property in Antarctica that may interest you.

    July 30, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Donkey Party

    Food poisoning? Maybe he just swallowed a few of his own words.

    July 30, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    the repos token had food poisoning???? Maybe he couldn't face reporters annd lie his way out of some of the crazy stuff he has said and done lately.

    July 30, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Choked on his chicken?

    who gets food poisoning? No one. YOU LIE

    July 30, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Peter s

    "Food poisoning" or just the guy had butterflies or he didn't attend his talking points class from fix news so he had nothing to talk about except coming up with diarrhea!

    July 30, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. GL

    I see they are keeping him in hiding just like they are keeping Sharron Angle in hiding.

    July 30, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Jay McAdams

    you sure Steele and Palin not closet democrats!? they sure seem like they are on the Democratic team

    July 30, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. B.P. Oil Disaster Likened to Typical Sarah Palin Speech

    What? You mean he actually had to swallow all the toxic rhetoric and insults after he threw up in his mouth a little bit?

    July 30, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. The unsub

    yeah right!

    July 30, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Donnatella

    Please, Rush probably told him to stay away from those black people. Maybe he was ashamed to show his face, if I were black and he stepped up to the potium I would boo him away, he has been kissing the teabaggers, Rush, and all the other racist republicans butt all summer. Go hide under a rock mr. token.

    July 30, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. vic

    Well try his job saved by food

    July 30, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    Yea right. Steele just doesn't want to go speak in front of a racist organization. That's Obama's job.

    July 30, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA July 30th, 2010 3:40 pm ET
    Michael Steele's uncle Tom behind can care less about the NABJ
    Exaclty why the racist rant? Steele is an "Uncle Tom" only because he has an opposing view and that view offends you? Ridiculous! Liberals just love to toss around that word just like a used up hanky! I imagine you care anything about the NABJ? You liberals (so YOU say) are not racists, remember? Wonder why we can get past race? Stop wondering! You and liberals like you always keep bringing it up!

    July 30, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |

    I think the truth is he lost his nerve, it's hard to tell your lies to people who will challenge your lies and ask real questions. But he couldn't say that because that would be the truth and Mr. Steele can't tell the truth, about anything.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    July 30, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. mike

    steele is full of crap that may have got in his food that he ate look lets face it he did not want to be grilled over racism at that conference and the best way out was some stupid excuse to say the least that he got food poisioning

    July 30, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Ken in NC

    Republicans want him out so bad they are willing to put posin in his food.

    July 30, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. 1GregM

    Why don't you use the time down to actually figure out how to use some of the amazing amounts of ammunition the D's have handed you Steele. Maybe you can actually do something with it to stir up your base for once. Lead, follow or get he he!! out of the way Steele. You are an embarrassment to the party and a useless drain on our finances.. DO SOMETHING or get lost. We don't need failures to represent us. We had McCain to do that for us.

    July 30, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. jt35

    Why would he want to stand in front of black journalists and answer questions about why he has Brightbart (excuse spelling) as a featured speaker for one of his functions? He's a coward and a laughing stock in every community he would like to claim.

    July 30, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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