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. Joe Terrogano

    I guess kissing butt doesn't further your political career after all.

    March 5, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. patricia's the independent

    says what so now they want to fire him? weren't they who put him in that position the first place? These people need to make up their minds.

    March 5, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. JR

    As a Dem. I hope that the Reps. stick around. We need them, because they complete the circle.

    March 5, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Mia and Mike

    And they accuse the Dems of eating their own... The Republican/Conservative party is in more trouble than I thought. Either way this goes, if Steele stays or is forced to resign, it's not going to bold well for the GOP. If he stays, they run the risk of alienating Rush's followers, but if he goes, they will permanently alienate the majority of voters, particularly the youth, independents and minority constituents. It's a lose- lose situation and they are already behind.

    March 5, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Willy G

    If Fisher's wants Steele out, why ask him to resign?

    She should just go to the top and ask Rush Limbaugh to fire him.

    March 5, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Sharon

    Definitely, I highly respect that Michael Steele is leader and chairman of RNC. We, however, need simultaneously Limbaugh, Coulter, and Hannity who are available to expose as well as to pinpoint right way what are President Obama/Pelosi and Harry Reid going to lead American WITH A WRONG WAYS. Rush and Coulter are always ready to attack what Obama becomes spendthrift 3,600,000,000,000.00 which are from printing of bills and taxes paid by citizens will be biggest and historical mistaken by Obama /Pelosi/Harry. Even though Obama and Democratic party will spend a huge money, stock markets plunged, dropped and downed over and over again below lowest 6,594 points since 1997. Main stream medias, CNN should stop handling of Rush like voracious guy. RUSH IS SO RIGHT "GET BACK AMERICA" in 2012.

    March 5, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. TjayeInLA

    Okay...I am NOT a fan of the RNC, but this problem started EIGHT YEARS AGO....long before they picked the token...I new leader.

    Everyone shield your eyes, because I gotta play the 'card' about using the Black guy as a scapegoat.

    March 5, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Shaft don't go, please we love you

    aw man

    its all good, tell the uncle tom's to take it easy, greasy

    you are too cool to let them drag you through this

    you need to get all ghetto on them

    March 5, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Marty, Grand Rapids

    The infighting with the republicans makes me smile. The party has gone too far to the right for the American people. They need to dump the ideological aspect of their party, move more to the center and work with the democrates to moderate things instead of filibustering everything. Oh, and they need to have policies that help the average american instead of making the rich, richer. If Obama is successful with the economy, republicans will be out of power for a generation.

    March 5, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Public is on Obama Kool Aid

    Republicans will never get many Black voters, they have been brain washed for years, even though Republicans freed them, not the Democrats. Democrats want Black people to be slaves to the government, not to excell on their own. Only when people can control their own destiny– are they truly free.

    March 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Richard, OH

    on another note: that picture looks so stupid.

    March 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. fearful for my country

    He only got the job because he is black. Black is the new "fad'.

    March 5, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Lesley

    I don't agree with some of the bloggers here. Limbaugh hasn't changed over the years and is just doing his thing. He believes he is the voice of reason for the conservative vote, and he is making millions on the radio. But Steele is trying to Obamanize the Republican party and it just can't be done. I think he's doing himself and the party a great injustice. If he can't be a serious chairman and stop rapping or whatever, then he should step aside. The fact that he can't see that what he's doing isn't working is proof that he is tone deaf. His attemps to be hip are silly, making references to completely outdated material. He is reducing the position of chairman of the RNC to a joke when they really need a positive leader right now.

    March 5, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. TjayeInLA

    Hey Locke....maniacal (think

    March 5, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Josh In ATX

    To Put an End to the Republican Dictatorship Over the US: I would think that since the Democrats own the house, senate and presidency I would think I would stop seeing dumb names like this. Everything bad that happens is in the Democrats hands now, no blaming the other side, pressures on!

    March 5, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. cheryl brooks from cali

    Last to be hired and the first to be fired... they should have hired Rush in the first place this looks bad... Incompentence on their behalf... isn't that how they left this country.... never again.

    March 5, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. The Bu

    I feel bad for Michael Steele because the only reason the Republicans elected him as head of the RNC is because he is African-American. They were sadly mistaken if they believe that all African-Americans will simply support someone because they are also black. Most of us DO actually look at the issues. So, this shows us what the Party of Limbaugh is all about.

    March 5, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. scott

    Resign Steele, you walked right into their trap!

    March 5, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. Bama for Obama

    Steele was not prepared to be RNC chair. He was only a front man to be used to attract blacks. Can someone please tell the GOP that blacks don't like Obama just because he's black. He's liked because he has values and Steele doesn't possess those qualities or has any appeal. I thought Steele's comment about "attracting Hip-Hop" Republicans was a ridiculous joke. How can you take him serious when he tries to use sterotypes to relate to people on what he thinks is their level. Everytime I watch him I am simply amazed that he was the best person for the job. If I knew politics was this funny, I would have started paying attention to it a long time ago.

    March 5, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Muffet

    I was wondering when this was coming. Mr. Steele..The GRAND OLD PHART Party does not want to change the status quo. ....obviously across the board. The GOP is showing their true hue....WHITES ONLY!

    March 5, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Darth

    I love it watching this GOP bickering. What a mess they have to clean up. What a mess they left the rest of us to clean up. They appear split right down the middle, neo cons on one side and REAL conservatives on the other.

    I have a suggestion for the real conservatives, but it requires taking a risk. Abandon Rush and the neo cons and watch what happens. I know, I for one, will come home, but not until the extreme right is forced to start their own party instead of hijacking the once proud GOP they have made a mockery of.

    In the mean time, thanks for the comedic relief

    March 5, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. The Voice of Barry Goldwater

    Yes, let's all talk about Rush Limbaugh instead of the collapsing American economy. "Don't look now, young man, but that is the hand of big government in your back pocket."

    March 5, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Just another American

    It seems to me that the Republican party spends a lot of time explaining that they "don't want the country to fail, they just want the President's policies to fail". I believe our President has taken the "hard" approach to getting things "done" because that IS the only way that you can move mountains in Congress. The old approach of "do just enough so it looks good but not enough to hurt politically" is just what brought us here. At one time we had financial institutions regulated to kept them from having "casino nights" on wall street. Lets be clear though, no matter how many time the Republicans would like to say it ain't so to make it seem true, Republicans were in charge and turning a blind eye to the lack of oversight that was taking place. Not that the Democrats didn't have some issues of their own to be fair but the Republicans clearly had a strangle hold on the country for the last 8 years. By the way, lets remember that Obama has been in office LESS than 1% percent of the time Bush & the Republicans took to create this BLACK HOLE they led us too! These new policies aren't popular with Republicans becaue it is a completely different way of doing bussiness in Washington. Money likes money and we're spreading enough around that I believe it will have the desired results. That being said, what will the Republican party do when the money starts to come back and the DOW starts to rise, people start spending again? I betcha they're going to say that we need more tax breaks. It is sad to see that the person that the GOP/CPAC seems to want to let lead the party is a guy that if he had to be as politically correct as the politicians do, he couldn't do what it is that he does. He preaches Ideology for the Republicans when after 8 years they got nothing from the 8 Bush years except a black eye!

    March 5, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Chris W, Tampa

    My my, the Republican Party, what hath become of you? Black on black political aggression?!? Anyone can join the Republican party these days as long as they can back peddle, are good at infighting, and can totally blame everyone else. "Republican: equal opportunity Hayterz 24/7"
    Thank you Rush, keep it comin' -pop it like it's hot.

    March 5, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. BC

    ...get him out of there!!! I'm sure he can get a job cleaning Rush's toilets or something. Let's get someone (of any race) willing to really stand up to the right-wing crazies that are destroying the GOP!

    March 5, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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