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RNC Chairman in Hot Water Again

AFRO.com, News Report, Sean Yoes Posted: Mar 16, 2009

(March 14, 2009) - After criticizing ubiquitous conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh earlier this monthonly to apologize to the talk radio behemoth less than an hour laterformer Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele seems to have found himself on the wrong side of the GOPs conservative base again.

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Steele dropped two bombs on the GOP platform. The newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee was asked if he thought homosexuality was a choice.

Steele replied, Oh, no. I dont think Ive never really subscribed to that view that you can turn it on and off like a water tapyou just cant simply say, oh, like, Tomorrow morning Im gonna stop being gay. Its like saying, Tomorrow morning Im gonna stop being black.

But, perhaps Steeles thoughts on abortion revealed during the interview were even more controversial and ultimately could prove more costly to his RNC chairmanship.

The choice issue cuts two ways, Steele explained. You can choose life, or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life. So, you know, I think the power of the argument of choice boils down to stating a case for one or the other.

Thats when GQ correspondent Lisa Depaulo asked, Are you saying you think women have the right to chose abortion?

Yeah, Steele replied. I mean, again, I think thats an individual choice.

And Steele went further, The states should make that choice. Thats what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide.

Steeles responses may have added gas to the firestorm sparked in the GOPs conservative base when Steele called Limbaugh incendiary, and said his show was sometimes, ugly.

Well, its just one more nail in the coffin, said Republican political strategist Roger Stone on the Web site, Talking Points Memo.

He just doesnt seem to understand his role as party chairman, which is not to criticize any wing of the party. I mean, three weeks ago he was offending moderates, now hes offending conservatives. He shouldnt be offending Rush Limbaugh or Arlen Specter.

Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey argues Steeles high profile media missteps could shorten his tenure as RNC chair.

One thing is certain: hes a lot less media savvy than most of us thought, Morrissey said on the Web site, Hot Air. And since he doesnt seem to have much skill in organization, we have to ask ourselves why we should support his continued tenure as RNC chair.

In fact, the din of Republican calls for Steeles resignation grew significantly louder after the Limbaugh fiasco.

RNC member Dr. Ada Fisher, North Carolinas national committeewoman, said in an e-mail to other RNC members that Steele is eroding confidence in the GOP and that he should resign.

Fisher, one of only three Black members of the RNC added, I dont want to hear anymore language trying to be cool about the bling in the stimulus package or appealing to D.L. Hughley and blacks in a way that isnt going to win us any votes and makes us frankly appear to many blacks as quite foolish.

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