[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/19/art.steele.gi.jpg caption="Steele is taking heat from members of his own committee."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A member of the Republican National Committee is asking chairman Michael Steele to resign his post, saying that she has "never seen such ineptness in our GOP leadership."
North Carolina committeewoman Ada Fisher, one of three African-Americans on the 168-member committee, e-mailed members of Steele's transition team on Wednesday asking them to encourage the chairman "to step aside in the best interest of the party and let us elect another chairman." Steele himself was copied on the e-mail.
"From where I sit and from what I am seeing, Mr. Steele is further eroding confidence in the Republican Party," she wrote.
Fisher is an outspoken member of the committee who has never been a fan of Steele. She backed South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson for the committee chairmanship in January.
In the e-mail, first reported by The Hill newspaper and provided to CNN by a GOP source, Fisher wrote that "the fiasco with Rush Limbaugh is a Republican Horror Show."
"Limbaugh has already promised that 'His Conservatives' won't be giving to the RNC," she wrote. "I would suggest to you that that is a real bet. If we can't raise money and continue to allow the alienation of the few verifiable red states remaining, we are foolish."
Fisher argued that Steele's attempts to reach out to African-Americans are embarrassing.
"I don't want to hear anymore language trying to be cool about the bling in the stimulus package or appealing to D.L. Hughley and blacks in a way that isn't going to win us any votes and makes us frankly appear to many blacks as quite foolish," she wrote.
UPDATE: Reince Priebus, the Wisconsin GOP chairman who is heading up Steele’s transition team, dismissed Fisher’s criticisms.
“She has been spewing poisonous e-mails about Michael Steele from the day Michael Steele decided to run for chairman, on a weekly basis,” he told CNN.
Priebus said that Steele is halfway through a 60-day transition that includes a series of department reviews which will be followed by “implementation and hiring.”
“Key hires will be happening very soon,” he said.
Steele will also hold a series of “regional roundtables” beginning on April 2 in five different cities, meetings that will involve feedback and questions from state party chairman and executive directors.
Priebus said Steele is following through on his promise for “wholesale change at the RNC.”
“Doing the same old thing that we’ve always done after being clobbered in the last two elections would be absolute malpractice,” he said.