Michael Steele

Steele out; Priebus in at RNC

Steele out; Priebus in at RNC

The national Republican Party, coming off huge election victories but facing a $22 million debt and an internal war over identity, ousted chairman Michael Steele Friday and chose Wisconsin party chief Reince Priebus to lead in the run-up to the 2012 presidential race. The embattled Steele dropped his re-election bid halfway through an afternoon of […]

Will Michael Steele survive?

Will Michael Steele survive?

Will he be fired or not? GOP Chairman Michael Steele is fighting for survival atop the Republican National Committee, seeking to hold off four challengers accusing him of financial mismanagement and poor stewardship during his rocky, two-year tenure. The 168 members of the RNC were set to vote by secret ballot Friday on who should […]

Steele wants another chance to screw up the GOP

Steele wants another chance to screw up the GOP

Embattled party chairman Michael Steele is telling Republican National Committee members that he’s running for re-election. That’s according to several participants listening to a conference call Monday night between Steele and the 168-member committee. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the call was private. The RNC will vote in January on whether to […]

Looks like the end is near for Michael Steele

Looks like the end is near for Michael Steele

A significant bloc of Republican National Committee members wants embattled chairman Michael Steele to step aside, but the rank and file have failed to settle on a clear alternative, according to Associated Press interviews with committee members. More than four dozen interviews with members of the 168-member central committee found fear that a badly damaged […]

GOP insider blasts Michel Steele for blowing RNC millions

GOP insider blasts Michel Steele for blowing RNC millions

Gentry Collins, a well-connected GOP insider and political director of the Republican National Committee, quit his job Tuesday with a blistering letter of resignation accusing RNC chairman Michael Steele of blowing the group’s millions and leaving the party broke during a critical period in the just-completed mid-term elections. Collins said Steele’s extravagant spending habits leaves […]

Michael Steele’s tarnished legacy at the Republican National Committee

Michael Steele’s tarnished legacy at the Republican National Committee

In the most favorable political environment for Republicans in decades, party chairman Michael Steele ordinarily might be lavished with the praise of candidates and party officials for leading the GOP to the brink of a historic triumph. But no. Instead, the party’s controversial chairman heads an organization that lags the Democrats by $15 million in […]

MSNBC host apologizes (sort of) for Michael Steele slam

MSNBC host apologizes (sort of) for Michael Steele slam

He has been on the air only a week, but MSNBC‘s newest host, Lawrence O’Donnell, is already channeling Rick Sanchez and Dr. Laura Schlessinger by apologizing for insensitive remarks directed at a minority. In O’Donnell’s case, the incident involved a show this week on which he invoked the imagery of slavery while introducing Michael Steele, […]

Top RNC aide resigns but Steele survives for now

Top RNC aide resigns but Steele survives for now

The controversy over Republican National Committee spending has led to the resignation of its chief of staff, but party Chairman Michael Steele remains insistent that he isn’t going anywhere. The resignation of RNC chief of staff Ken McKay on Monday made him the highest-profile official to depart the central committee after the revelation that the […]

RNC donor money goes for private jets, strip clubs

RNC donor money goes for private jets, strip clubs

A review of expenses paid by the Republican National Committee (RNC) under the leadership of free spending, controversial chairman Micheal Steele shows a political committee out of control, wasting donor funds on luxury hotels, private jets and even nights-out at a bondage club in Hollywood. The RNC covered $2,000 in expenses for an evening at […]

GOP donors fed up with RNC boss Steele’s high flying, expensive lifestyle

Michael Steele, the embattled chairman of the Republican National Committee, is living large at donor expense and a growing number of GOP fatcats say they are tired of contributing to his lavish lifestyle. Steele uses party donations to pay for private limos, private jets, expensive chefs and trips to exotic resorts. Donors have a message […]