“The Republican National Committee, the GOP’s fundraising and organizational arm, is facing a “cashflow challenge” and can’t pay all of its bills on time. In a memo Tuesday, RNC Chief Administrative Officer Boyd Rutherford wrote, “We will not be able to pay off the vendors this week. We will be slow in paying as we are having a cashflow challenge. Everyone will be slow paid until after the first of the year.”The acknowledgment by Rutherford of the RNC’s money woes comes at a bad time for the group’s chairman, Michael Steele, who already faces several potential challengers for another two-year term, writes the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza. Aside from Steele’s verbal gaffes, the cash-flow issue is likely to re-open the debate about his financial stewardship, the Post said.”
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele responds to a question during a news conference before the Vanderburgh County Right to Life fundraising dinner in Evansville, Indiana, April 16, 2009Say what you will about RNC Chairman Michael Steele but he is raising the campaign cash for the Republican Party.
Moe Lane has run the numbers and finds that yet again, the RNC under Michael Steele has outraised the DNC under Tim Kaine, $5.76 million to $4.52 million; the RNC’s cash on hand margin is $24.38 million to $9.09 million; and the DNC owes $5.42 million in debt while the RNC has none.
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele responds to a question during a news conference before the Vanderburgh County Right to Life fundraising dinner in Evansville, Ind., Thursday, April 16, 2009Republican National Chairman Michael Steele:
Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not.
Letâ€™s be honest-Senator Specter didnâ€™t leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.
Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats donâ€™t do it first.
And, there is a possiblity that former Pennsylvania United States Senator Rick Santorum will run against Pat Toomey for the GOP nomination.
A Santorum vs. Specter race will be a sight to behold.
Republican Senators John Cornyn, R- Texas (Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee), Arlen Specter, R- Pennsylvania and Lyndsey Graham, R- South Carolina in 2006Even with the latest polls showing Pennsylvania United States Senator Arlen Specter in deep trouble for re-nomination in 2010, the National Republican Senatorial Committee endorsed him today.
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn released a letter today offering a full-throated endorsement of Sen. Arlen Specter in his coming primary against former congressman Pat Toomey, a decision driven by a concern that the challenger cannot win a general election in Pennsylvania.
“My job as head of the NRSC is to guide the GOP back to a majority in the Senate,” wrote Cornyn in a letter to Pennsylvania Republicans. “I can’t do that without Arlen Specter. With him as our nominee, I can target our campaign resources toward beating Democrats and growing the Senate Republican Conference.”
The implication of those lines is clear: if Toomey is the Republican nominee next November, “campaign resources” may not flow from Washington to Pennsylvania.
This is BULL for Specter is a non-reliable vote for the Republican Party at best. Plus, he is 79 years old.
The national GOP committees for years have done nothing but support incumbent Senators regardless of whether they vote with the party or have a chance to win a general election.
Flap recommends that folks donate to their candidate of choice in these 2010 races and stay far away from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
And, in a further disappointment, looks like RNC Chairman Michael Steele changed his mind.
Here is the video
Yes, it was. In fact, Senator McCain refused to support his daughter after her “Fat Ass” retort.
Exit question: Is Meghan McCain being disingenuous or hypocritical with her comments on the Current video?
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee expresses his disappointment with Michael Steele
Comments attributed to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele are very troubling and despite his clarification today the party stands to lose many of its members and a great deal of its support in the trenches of grassroots politics. Since 1980, our party has been steadfast and principled in believing in the dignity and worth of every human life. We have supported a Constitutional amendment to protect life and the party
has taken the position that no one individual has the supreme right to own another person in totality including the right to take that life. For Chairman Steele to even infer that taking a life is totally left up to the individual is not only a reversal of Republican policy and principle, but it’s a violation of the most basic of human rights–the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. His statement today helps, but doesn’t explain why he would ever say what he did in the first place.
The Republican National Committee Chairman field, January 2009Right now, Mike Duncan does NOT look so bad.
You know the Flap over RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s interview with GQ and his comments on abortion – after the disaster of criticizing Rush Limbaugh and equating the GOP convention attendess with Nazis.
“Chairman Steele, as the leader of America’s Pro-Life conservative party, needs to re-read the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and the 2008 GOP Platform. He then needs to get to work — or get out of the way.”
Flap would say that Steele is on a very short leash, remembering Ken Blackwell’s endorsement of Steele is what lead Steele to victory over Katon Dawson.
The long GOP knives are out for Steele.
Republican National Chairman Michael SteeleThe Michael Steele GQ interview is here.
Some conservatives may NOT like it but Flap understands what Steele is doing – It is called OUTREACH.
I have seen the man speak with conviction and passion at conservative events and leave everyone mightily impressed, but now we have to wonder whether Steele just tailored the message for the audience, as he appears to have done with Hughley and GQ. I donâ€™t necessarily buy that, as he has easier ways to get media air time than being in the Republican Party, but itâ€™s hard not to ask the question these days.
One thing is certain: heâ€™s a lot less media savvy than most of us thought. And since he doesnâ€™t seem to have much skill in organization, we have to ask ourselves why we should support his continued tenure as RNC chair.
Looks like to Flap that Michael Steele is a good pitchman on television and sells himself well, but that is all. California had that problem with Arnold Schwarzenegger – much to its later detriment.
Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele speaks after being elected the first black Republican National Committee chairman in an election by the RNC during their winter meetings in Washington, January 30, 2009There is more about Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele being on thin ice. And, guess who is instigating the FLAP?
Katon Dawson, who came in second to Steele in January.
Republican insiders tell Political Wire that a no confidence vote on RNC Chairman Michael Steele is likely to be called after the NY-20 special election on March 31 — regardless of whether Republicans win the seat or not.
Katon Dawson, who came in second in the January RNC vote, is said to be quietly organizing a vote and is getting the support of several state party chairmen who want to dump Steele.
Flap agrees with Jim Geraghty over at National Review that Steele will NOT be replaced no matter what happens in the New York 20th Congressional race.
However, if the FBI investigation into his sister and his 2006 Senate campaign sprouts new legs, Steele could be forced to resign.
Probably much to the relief of the old guard on the RNC.
But, the next in line will NOT be Katon Dawson, despite his machinations.
Former president George W. Bush’s Republicans, groping their way from their November elections rout, need a “hip-hop” makeover to court younger voters, the party’s chief said in an interview. “We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets,” Michael Steele, elected in late January as the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee, told the Washington Times.
TV Ad which will air in DC and national cable channels tomorrow
The Far Left including the Americans United for Change continue to demonize for ol’ El Rushbo in his Democrat Faux Flap with RNc Chairman Michael Steele.
The ad is actually quite funny. I like the part where Rush is jumping and a jiggling around.
The fact is the Democrat LEFT has to divert attention away from the thus far “FLAILING AND FAILING” Obama Administration:
- The Economy is in a shambles, falling apart and markets are crashing after Obama’s budget and Economic Stimulus Bill
- America and Obama is humiliated by Russia regarding Iranian missile defense and the selling out of allies Poland and the Czech Republic. And, now Hillary Clinton must now bail out the rookie Obama.
- And, how many tax cheats are either in the Administration or have been disqualified even after Obama vetting.
I can understand why the television ads will run featuring Rush – comic relief from weeks of Obama downers.