Bil Browning

GOProud: Michael Steele has to go

Filed By Bil Browning | December 28, 2010 3:30 PM | comments

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Tags: Chris Barron, GOP, Michael Steele, Republican National Committee

Rightwing gay group GOProud is known for their anything-but-normal take on LGBT issues and politics, but does this come as any surprise? The group is advocating that Michael Steele, the first black leader of the Republican Party and a noticeably 1_62_steele_michael.jpgdifferent style of leader, should be denied a second term as the head of the party.

Steele, who said while he was running for the position that the GOP should make a concerted effort to reach out to LGBT people, also continued the Republican tradition of denying that LGBT deserve civil rights. When asked about whether or not LGBT people should be able to have civil unions, Steele responded, "No, no, no."

In the end, does it really matter whether or not we have a GOP head who's vehemently anti-gay or just a softer, more gentle homophobe? Didn't we have a compassionate conservative in Bush 2? I think the decision on whether or not Steele stays in power though will focus on the massive debt he's wracked up for the party and his constant gaffes.

GOProud Urges RNC Members to Reject a Second Term for Michael Steele

Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the Board - "For conservatives, and anyone else who cares about the future of the Republican Party, this vote should be an easy one - anyone but Michael Steele."

(Washington, D.C.) - Earlier this month, Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele announced he would seek a second term. Today, Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the GOProud Board, issued the following statement:

"For conservatives, and anyone else who cares about the future of the Republican Party, this vote should be an easy one - anyone but Michael Steele.

"Certainly this decision is an easy one for our organization. In July, we joined with other foreign policy conservatives in calling on Chairman Steele to resign after his reckless and outrageous comments about the war in Afghanistan.

"Michael Steele's tenure as Chairman can only fairly be characterized as an unmitigated disaster. Were it not for the hard work of outside groups, who were forced to step in to fill the void left by an ineffective RNC, success at the ballot box in November would never have occurred.

"We need an RNC Chair who understands that his or her role is to raise money and build party infrastructure, not to sell books, hire friends and family, and pontificate on policy."

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The internal politics of our enemies in the Democrat or Republican parties are not really important. The only good Democrat or Republican office holder is one who can't get elected or re-elected.

BTW, when will Stonewall Democrats go to the matresses to get rid of hyperbigots like Kaine and Daughtry at the DNC? It wouldn't change the essentially bigoted character of the party that gave us DADT and DOMA and refuses to pass ENDA but it would sure be fun to watch the shoot out.

John Rutledge | December 29, 2010 9:31 AM

Steele is a mildly entertaining goofball, an embarrassment for his party, and an ineffective leader. As a Democratic supporter, I hope he stays as long as they can stomach him.