March 5th, 2009
02:14 PM ET
14 years ago

RNC member asks Steele to resign as chairman

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    HA...too bad for the GOP that she's 100% correct.

    March 5, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    She hit the nizzle on the hizzle.

    March 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Constance

    It really doesn't matter who the leader of the RNC is. The RNC is already a train wreck and the carnage will take a long time to correct. If it can happen. It just truly doesn't matter about you anymore. Just get over yourselves already.

    March 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. The Viagra Kid

    I'm Rush Limbaugh, and I approve this message.

    March 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. meemawfrom the south

    Hummm! What does she know that we don't?

    March 5, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. DJCuecontrol

    Dog eat Dog syndrome at the Gop,lol

    March 5, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. shoegazer

    I posted this morning that I bet the GOP were regretting having this man as leader.It looks good on them though.

    March 5, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. If you don't like it go back to Europe!

    Mike is a Clown!

    March 5, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    yeah, she supported a guy who quit a segregated country club only to run for GOP National Chairman. She sounds like someone who is uncomfortable in her own skin. I agree that Steele's delving into "Hip Hop" was silly, but only because he came across as being completely un-hip and oblivious to the culture he was trying to appeal to....and as far as going on dL Hugly, that was the smartest and most sane Steele has sounded in a few months at least.

    March 5, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Heath

    I suspected that the GOP was dazed and confused, now I have no doubt. When Michelle Bachmann becomes the voice of reason in the Republican Party and the only response that voice has made is Socialism, without putting forth any viable alternative, the Republican Party is truly bankrupt of ideas.

    March 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. KFC,NJ

    She is right. The only thin he is doing is making himself look stupid. Anyone with an open mind can see that the RNC is using him. Does anyone believe that the RNC will atract minorities just because he is the chairman. The RNC credibility has been damaged for the next several years. The RNC and followers need to believe and show they care about all americans not just the chosen few. Its not just me and my but "we the people". President Obama and the DNC project that they care about all people.

    March 5, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. No Hillary = No Obama

    Never seen this ineptness in GOP leadership? Where has this woman been for the last 8 years, under a rock?

    March 5, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |


    March 5, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Now exactly who is leading the GOP: Looks like, sounds like Rush to me!

    March 5, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. C

    Inept? What? He's off the hook!!

    March 5, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Walks like a duck

    Looks like Rush is the GOP leader: all bow before The Great One – who now decides who is hired and fired ....

    March 5, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Locke

    yes it is a very cruel world out there but even in our own backyard there is conflict. the kind of mindless behavior that promotes warfare and immorality, even if not on the feild of battle. the economy is crumling and our citezens are suffering for our "esteem"leader's mistakes.-Locke

    March 5, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Lynn

    I thought Bachman said Steele was "da man !!

    March 5, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. change

    wow a republican with balls

    March 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. shannon

    anyone that afraid of the big talking head limbaugh should resign, what a fool!

    March 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. arsham

    Rush Limb- Push Limb-Stupid Limb.

    March 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. peakarack

    I think Mr. steele is a joke. hahaha!!!!!!!

    March 5, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Akinola

    She will be apologizing to Rush in 3...2....1

    March 5, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Locke

    the crisis at hand does not call for brains or bronze, it calls not even for brutality, it calls for the brigadier to show themselves for what they truely are, a meniackel perverted self loving backstabbing bastard. and if you think there isnt somene in charge of everything then you to are mistaken, they have always been there and always will. the head a hydra only double when you try to behead it.-Locke

    March 5, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. joe

    so the republicans when and got a BLACK MAN and think that they can get obama voters.....Now it backfires on them and they want to get rid of him.....REPUBLICANS PLEASE ONLY MAKE MOVE WHEN YOUR HEARTS IS IN IT INSTEAD OF FINDING SOMEONE TO COUNTER ACT OBAMA FIND SOMEONE WHO COMPLIMATES OBAMA...

    March 5, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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