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Dump Steele effort gains momentum

By BEN SMITH
December 28, 2010

Michael Steele: Time to send him packing

A group of conservatives on the Republican National Committee’s governing board has launched an “Anybody but Steele” campaign and are gathering pledges from other committee members not to back the beleaguered RNC chairman, POLITICO has learned.

Members of the Republican National Conservative Caucus held a conference call and sent e-mails last week in an attempt to build support for what they’re calling a “Resolution of Commitment.”

The same group is also working on a similar, but far more targeted, campaign to persuade the five Republicans challenging Steele not to strike an agreement with him that might improve his prospects — what they call a “No Deal With Steele Pledge.”

James Bopp, RNC member from Indiana and a leader of the RNCC, declined to offer specifics about how many pledges the group had received for either effort, directing inquiries to Oregon RNC member Solomon Yue, another RNCC leader. Yue wouldn’t respond to an e-mail.

But the conservatives’ Dump Steele effort has caught the attention of the incumbent’s loyalists and just before Christmas touched off an angry, racially tinged e-mail exchange between Bopp, a supporter of Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus’s bid to lead the RNC, and Idaho GOP Chairman — and Steele backer — Norm Semanko.

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3 Responses to Dump Steele effort gains momentum

  1. Carl Nemo

    December 28, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Steele has ripped them off bigtime, so why the dalliance and debate concerning his demise. This jive turkey, corrupt to the core, a*sclown has cost the “rethugs” big bucks within nothing in return. ?!

    Maybe their hesitation concerning this issue should convince voters that “rethugs” along with Dem ‘duds’ are toxic to our national survival.

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. WayneKDolik

    December 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    The republicans are just like the democrats, they eat their own. Do you blame him for the Tea Party? He didn’t do that, it happened on it’s own. Steele had a winning run. Nuff said.

  3. hadassah

    December 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    hmm not fan of mr. steele but why not keep him as the so called leadership of the rnc he did its job he raised more money then any other chairman and he has some wins under his belt. the tea party sad that the tea party was hijacked by some crazies. i don’t know what to say regardiing both parties that they are simply lost and they do not represent the average thinking american they really need to go. all of these new alliances should go somewhere.