GOP message of the day: Shut up, Michael Steele
In the wake of Michael Steele’s “shut up” or “fire me” message to his Republican critics, Reid Wilson reports that senior Republican press aides told RNC staffers that Steele needed to be quiet on their regular daily message call.
House and Senate leadership aides are furious with RNC chair Michael Steele and have angrily confronted the RNC’s press shop over their inability to keep the chair on message.
In the course of a regular daily conference call between senior Congressional communicators, House and Senate aides berated RNC staffers over Steele’s comments that the GOP would not be able to take back the House, and that even if they did, the party would not be prepared to lead.
A senior Senate aide brought up Steele’s comments, arguing that he was ruining what should be several days of glowing press for the GOP in the wake of retirement announcements from Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Chris Dodd (D-CT).
“Steele is setting us far back with his comments and it needs to stop,” the aide said, according to 2 sources who were on the call.
I don’t know about you, but as RNC chief, Michael Steele gets my enthusiastic vote of confidence.