April 6th, 2010
04:25 PM ET
12 years ago

RNC member resigns in wake of spending scandals

Washington (CNN) - A member of the Republican National Committee resigned his post in protest on Tuesday, accusing party chairman Michael Steele of spending donor's money with "reckless disregard."

Sean Mahoney, one of New Hampshire's three national committee members, sent his resignation letter to Steele one day after RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigned in the wake of several spending controversies that have engulfed the committee.

Longtime Steele consultant Curt Anderson also parted ways with the RNC on Monday, as did a top fundraiser, former Belgium Ambassador Sam Fox.

Read the full letter after the jump

Full letter [pdf]

"The recent scandal involving RNC funds being used to entertain a small crowd at a Los Angeles strip club is the straw that broke the camel's back," Mahoney wrote in his resignation letter, which he provided to CNN after it was first reported by the New Hampshire Union-Leader. "The scandal represents a pattern of unaccountable and irresponsible mishaps that ought to unnerve every fiscal conservative."

Mahoney blasted the RNC for demonstrating "a complete lack of respect for RNC donors" by spending money on private planes, car services and "high-priced junkets."

The RNC has succumbed to "the out-of-touch, free-spending culture of Washington," he claimed.

"Mr. Chairman, do I need to remind you that the Republican Party is supposed to be the conservative party?," he wrote.

In a statement, RNC Deputy Communications Director Katie Wright wrote, “We thank Sean Mahoney for his service to the RNC. Many Americans across the country are concerned with the binge spending, big government agenda coming out of Washington and the RNC is committed to ensuring that every donor dollar goes to building the infrastructure needed to elect conservative candidates that believe in the fundamental principles of our party.”

Mahoney is one of 168 elected members of the RNC, but he is also thought to be considering a challenge to Rep. Carol Shea Porter, D-New Hampshire, in November. Should he decide to seek the House seat, he would have to resign his committee post anyway.

In parts of his resignation letter, Mahoney certainly sounds like a candidate.

"I am not leaving the fight," he wrote. "Now more than ever we need conservative leadership. I plan on doing everything in my power over the next seven months to make sure that 2010 is an historic election year for Republicans."

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Does this mean we can all finally admit that "death panels" and "family values" are equally absurd self-serving fabrications?

    April 6, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Steph

    Bring on the November elections!

    April 6, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. VernisRobertson

    So what is Micheal Steele waiting on . RESIGN all ready.

    April 6, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. rositaCA

    THANKS TO THE REPUBLICANS.......... general public read the Republican's anger, bitterness, the hate they spread throughout the country, well....there you have it!!!
    Let them now go at each other throats! LOL
    By the way.........have you noticed 95% of the so called Tea Party morrons are above 60 years old?????????

    April 6, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Bristar

    You liberals are so funny. You do realize that the democratic party will be destroyed in November right?

    April 6, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    I wonder who it was that decided that Conservatives were the people who should decide how the rest of us live?

    April 6, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The rats are beginning to abandon ship, just like they did in 2008 on McCain.

    The Democrats should seize the day and ram the nonsense right down their throat, like the GOP does. Only difference here – the Democrats will be using actual facts versus the preconceived and contrived nonsense as created and spread by Farce News.

    Ram it home, ram it home, ram it home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Steph

    Destroyed by whom, Bristar? The tea baggers are getting arrested for threatening public officials. The RNC "leadership" is breaking down. After the GOP circular firing squad is done, no one will be left to lead this great rise to power of which you speak. Keep dreaming, my friend!

    April 6, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Peter

    Bristar April 6th, 2010 5:24 pm ET

    You liberals are so funny. You do realize that the democratic party will be destroyed in November right?

    HAHAHA... Fat chance with the other scandals working their way out (wait) the Republicans are TOAST IN NOV! Any party that attempts to sentence an American child to a life of no health care coverage due to a pre existing condition no fault of theirs will never see political light in America ever! A new day is dawn and once again the Republican ship will sink into oblivion...America lives again!!!

    April 6, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. aunt Bea and Opie

    Next thing you know Faux News will start telling the truth,now that will be scarey.hahaha

    April 6, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. The Unsub

    This is almost surreal....but I just love it! And to my friend Bristar...put down the Ghanja.

    April 6, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. xmleft

    They are falling like dominos around M. Steele. It won't be long before he falls like the rest of them

    April 6, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Operation Crush Rush

    Sean lies.Rush Limbaughs numbers and sponsors are dropping like flies,we have the moron on the run.Keep up the good work crushers.

    April 6, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Robert in Texas

    The Republican Parrty is corrupt to the core and totally out-of-touch with middle America. Any fool who donates to the republican candidates or GOP organizations need to know that the funds will be wasted on hookers and male prostitutes.

    April 6, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Emily

    Marie MD April 6th, 2010 5:06 pm ET

    How's that conservativy, mavericky, family valuesy goin' for ya!
    Winky, winky.

    THANK YOU! That just made me spit my water out all over my keyboard. 🙂

    I do feel really bad for all those poor people who were donating money to the RNC because they believed in the values they claimed to represent, such as "family values-y" stuff. I would be outraged if I had donated my hard-earned dollars to such a cause and found out it went to less than admirable causes.

    But then again, I have the common sense not to donate money to any national party (D or R alike). You have to know it's going to go somewhere that you wouldn't expect...

    April 6, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. S Callahan

    It's too bad people are punking out on you Mr. Steele....just remember...people have sailed the world solo...Hang In...the light always come through the darkness.

    April 6, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Blade C. Underwood

    Folks, Erick Erickson has to go...CNN is in my opinion a trusted and respected source of news...but not with this guy...Sincerely, Blade C. Underwood.

    April 6, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Tom

    When will you conservatives realize you are being taken for a ride by the GOP? They are playing all you upright, moral types as patsies! As the Ned Flanderes of America are saying, we gave you money to fight the Democrtaic devils, and you spend it on strip-diddly-ippers! And as Homer would say, D'oh! (And now to do the exact same thing over again)... D'oh!

    April 6, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. ATL Guy

    Hey Republicans listen to Newt Gingrich and keep Steele around. Between him and John Ensign, you guys would gladly stay out of power on your own. If you can't control yourselves when you're out of power, what will happen when you're back in power. If anyone votes for these fools, I guarantee you that within 3 months people will be itching for them to go.

    April 6, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Fed Up

    How long is it going to take the RNC Board to wake up and smell the coffee?

    Or are they just going to keep on fiddling while the GOP burns?

    April 6, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Donnatella

    Fiscally conservative just blew up in their faces, this idiot is out there spending people donations, the 2 broads are charging a fortune to come see them, does anybody see a pattern here, are these the kind of people we really want in charge, I don't think so. GOP-DONE

    April 6, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Jamie from Riverside

    Poor RNC, Poor GOP, Poor, Poor Michael Steele. I wish he would stay though because he's my laugh or joke of the day. If he goes, which now seems entirely likely, i'll probably have to buy a 3 Stooges DVD to get through the day.

    April 6, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Poltical opteratives are shocked by reckless spending.
    This is laughable!
    Are they also surprised that no Republican voted for Healthcare? or that Democrats still balme Bush for everything wrong in the country?
    The fact that these people make a living as political anythings is what is shocking.
    Why do we support them? Stop donating to political organizations and send your money to the Red Cross, A cancer foundation or somewhere it will do some good!

    April 6, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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