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Friday, April 9, 2010

31 GOP State Chairs Back Michael Steele, Not Tom Fetzer

31 GOP Leaders Backing Michael Steele: State Chairs Sign Letter Of Support

Michael Steele got a much-needed boost on Friday in the form of a letter of support signed by 31 state GOP chairmen.

In the letter provided to CNN, the chairmen commend Steele's electoral record as "stellar," his fundraising efforts as "solid" and credit him with building "our Victory programs' ability to identify and deliver voters for Republican candidates."

Under Steele's leadership, the chairmen continued, "the RNC has the ability, focus, and drive to lead Republicans to a sweeping victory in November."

This show of support marks a departure from recent news signaling that the state apparatus of the Republican party might be turning on Steele. On Thursday, Tom Fetzer the Chairman of the North Carolina GOP party called on Steele to resign.

According to CNN, more state GOP chairmen are expected to sign on to the letter in he coming days.

Read the letter:

Republican State Chairmen Line Up Behind RNC Chairman Michael Steele

State Republican leaders from around the country today quickly lined up to show their strong support the Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele for his strong record in winning elections, raising funds to support the Republican campaign, and creating a strong partnership with state parties.

As additional state leaders continue to sign on, 31 chairs have signed the following statement as of this moment:

As Republican Party state chairmen, we believe Chairman Michael Steele can lead the RNC to be a full partner with us this fall in our efforts to fire Nancy Pelosi and win Republican majorities in Congress and among governors. His record at winning elections has been stellar, his fundraising ability has been solid, and he has honed our Victory programs' ability to identify and deliver voters for Republican candidates.

The charge of any national Chairman is to raise money and win elections. With over $100 million raised, victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and victories in 29 of 37 special elections, Michael Steele has demonstrated that under his Chairmanship the RNC has the ability, focus, and drive to lead Republicans to a sweeping victory in November.

The RNC under Chairman Michael Steele is a full partner with state committees, responsive to our needs, and intensely interested in providing the support necessary for victory. That process is not an easy process. Technology has had a great impact on the art of politics. That impact has required the RNC to adapt and change to work effectively in this modern environment. Change can sometimes be difficult. But the changes Michael Steele has brought to the RNC were essential for our party to adapt, and win, when we do not, for the moment, hold the White House or Congress.

We stand behind Chairman Steele as he continues to lead us on the path victory in November.

Randy Ruedrich, Alaska
Ron Nehring, California
Dick Wadhams, Colorado
Chris Healy, Connecticut
Tom Ross, Delaware
Robert Kabel, District of Columbia
Sue Everhart, Georgia
Jesus Torres, Guam
Jonah Ka'auwai, Hawaii
Norman Semanko, Idaho
Pat Brady, Illinois
Steve Robertson, Kentucky
Charlie Webster, Maine
Audrey Scott, Maryland
Jennifer Nassour, Massachusetts
Ron Weiser, Michigan
Tony Sutton, Minnesota
Will Deschamps, Montana
Mark Fahleson, Nebraska
John Sununu, New Hampshire
Jay Webber, New Jersey
Harvey Yates, New Mexico
Robert Tiernan, Oregon
Rob Gleason, Pennsylvania
Gio Cicione, Rhode Island
Chris Devaney, Tennessee
Dave Hansen, Utah
Steven Larrabee, Vermont
Pat Mullins, Virginia
Luke Esser, Washington
Reince Priebus, Wisconsin

NC GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer Calls On Steele To Step Down

N.C. Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer has added his voice to those seeking the resignation of national GOP Chairman Michael Steele.

“Recent events, regardless of who is to blame, have made it difficult if not impossible for you to lead the party in the direction that it needs to go,” Fetzer wrote in a letter to Steele today. “…I believe that the best service you can render to your party at this critical juncture is to graciously step aside and allow the party to move on from this current quagmire.”

Steele has been under fire from many Republicans, particularly since disclosures that the RNC approved a $1,900 bill at a Hollywood nightclub that features topless dancers simulating bondage and lesbian sex.

Critics have blamed Steele for a lack of oversight. But Fetzer may be the first state chairman to call on him to resign.

“I believe that we will have some measure of success this fall no matter what the RNC does or does not do,” Fetzer wrote. “But in order to maximize our opportunities this year, we need a strong, effective RNC that has the full faith and confidence of the conservative activists, volunteers and our donors.

“I can attest that many grassroots leaders I’ve talked to in the last few weeks are very aware of the recurring drama that is playing out at the RNC – allegations of fiscal irresponsibility, management and questionable activities – and they are disgruntled and concerned that the RNC, under your direction, is setting a poor example of the kind of leadership voters can expect if Republicans are elected.”

Charlotte, NC's Republican Party Shuns Diversity & Black Voters

So Michael Steele (RNC's first Black Chair) finally admits the GOP could possibly be a "little" racist.

What a revelation!

That's exactly why I defected to the Democrats three years ago.

Prior to switching I was a proud Black Republican, voting for such GOP heavy weights as George W. Bush, etc.,

Hold it!

Before you throw stones I voted for Bill Clinton too!


I am NOT and have never been a Straight Ticket Voter for any party.

Just because Bill Clinton is not a Conservative Republican doesn't mean I can't find common ground with him.

Bill Clinton was reaching out to help Minority Voters.

The Republican Party wasn't.

I was born Black NOT a Democrat or a Republican!

I chose to become a Republican because of my personal values.

I am mainly referring to Anti-Abortion, Pro-Life, Fiscally Responsible values.

In fact I was a very loyal Republican who truly believed the Republican Party was open and receptive to all ethnic groups, including Minorities.

However...after living in Racist Charlotte, NC for 20+ years, I became fed up with being consistently ignored by local Republicans (even during election time) and decided to try the N.C. Democratic Party.

Big mistake!

People who visit my blog on a regular basis have discovered how I feel about North Carolina's Corrupt Democratic Party.

So please know that I am NOT supporting N.C. Democrats!


North Carolina's Democrat Leaders are probably as Racist as most North Carolina Republicans.

For example North Carolina's Public Schools are all reverting back to Segregation.

I believe such destructive behavior (practicing Racial Discrimination) must definitely be a North Carolina regional thing because its rampant not only in Education, but also in Business Practices, Employment, Housing, the Legal System, etc.,

What are North Carolina's Democratic Leaders doing about it?

That's right! NOTHING!

This includes North Carolina's scared, weak Black Democrat Leaders.

Last time I checked doing nothing implies you agree.

Many Democrats such as myself thought the Obama Administration would be a decent, straight forward organization, leading by example.

Instead I along with millions of other American people witnessed acts of more Corruption and Political tricks.

It was very disappointing to say the least!

Yes I'm well aware Politics is a dirty game but silly me I still expect my Political Leaders to keep their word.

If a Political Candidate proclaims to be a "different kind of Democrat" (Not Corrupt, Transparent, etc.,), than once their elected that's exactly what they should be.

Nevertheless it didn't happen, which is why I've decided to just forget the titles (Democrats & Republicans) and affiliations to become an Independent Voter until death.

It won't be long before I make this final Political transition. (becoming an Independent NOT dying)

As I was stating above Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Republican Party seems to shun Black Voters.

With the exception of Charlotte City Council Member Andy Dulin and former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, most Charlotte GOP leaders want NOTHING to do with inviting Minority citizens into the local Republican Party.

Thus the reason why most Black North Carolina residents are registered Democrats.

I don't know how many Black Charlotte Voters are currently registered as Republicans but its definitely not many.


Charlotte's GOP Leaders rarely if ever reach out to Black Voters in this community.

I alerted NC GOP Leaders on this issue.

The Leaders acknowledged such a problem does exist, however instead of addressing it they basically just turned a deaf ear and moved on.

Perhaps North Carolina GOP leaders forgot that Pres. Barack Obama wasn't elected only on the Black Vote (97% nationwide) but he also received close to 48% of the White Vote.

If the Republican Party thinks it will be able to win back Congress or win back North Carolina House/ Senate seats with White Voter support only, they are delusional.

Michael Steele may not be doing everything correct (no one does except God) but at least he represents a Black, Non-White face within the Republican Party.

At least he represents Diversity!


Unless GOP Leaders in North Carolina and across the country want Democrats to remain in power, they'd better warmly open their doors to Minority Voters.

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Sources: CNN, Huffington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, WRAL,, C-Span, TPM, Youtube, Google Maps

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