July 30th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
12 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

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. Steele didn't come because he knew he'll be asked questions like:

    -How does it feel to be a sellout?
    -Is the rest of your body black?
    -Are part of the Motisa(Mo Tea Sir) Tribe?

    July 30, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Earl

    Sure......right, how convining is the GOP and his story. Oh!....he was in New Mexico (close to Mexico ) got the picture, if he truly got food poison. 🙂

    July 30, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Tony

    uh oh Mr. Steele, you better watch out. You know the GOP wants you gone. They'll get their way one way or the other. Best to eat home cooked meals for a while.

    July 30, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. D.

    I hope this is real and he gets better rapidly.

    July 30, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Steve (the real one)

    If people seriously want to talk about race in this country, you need to know what get's said around the kitchen table, the pool halls, the basketball court, etc. So don't get your panties in a bunch when you hear a word like Uncle Tom thrown out there. Some folks can't deny or identify what or who they are.

    July 30, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Yeah right. Sounds like he bottled it to me.

    July 30, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. David

    That is what happens when you eat at a strip club.

    July 30, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    snow July 30th, 2010 4:25 pm ET
    "Hey EX-REPUBLICAN. Who put the knot in your pink panties. I love most of the liberal writers on this article and really on all articles.They all seem to have a real problem with their grammar and spelling. You should have your mommies come down to the basement with your milk and cookies and have her spell check your musings."

    Hey, grammar police, two things:
    "Who put the knot in your pink panties," should end in a question mark, should it not?

    Using mommies (plural) and her (singular) is not proper grammar.

    Epic fail!

    July 30, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. A keen observer

    What do you think the journalists would have asked this Uncle Tom? Perhaps Steele figured it out and chickened out!

    July 30, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    if this story is TRUE then I wish Mr. Steele a speedy recovery......HOWEVER if this is a case of him not wanting to face an African American group after welcoming Brietbart to be the speaker at an RNC function with open arms then may he spill his guts for the entire weekend.

    July 30, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. d

    I wonder if he knows that both parties see him as 'Token' from South Park.

    July 30, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    How convenient.

    Steele represents the 'good 'ole white boys of America'.. who wanted to dispel the all-white image by hiring a black man to represent their party.

    If I had been in Steele's shoes and was scheduled to face many who would undoubtedly confront the absurdedy that a black man would represent and defend a party of white racists... I'd probably throw-up too.

    July 30, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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