Tag Archive: Michael Steele

Steele agrees New Jersey GOP “should just fold,” but promises national GOP will save Christie

You’ve got to hand it to Michael Steele. Normally watching these RNC or DNC chairman relentless stick to their spin is so boring I can hardly stand to watch the talk shows. But today Michael Steele gave us a reason to watch TV, or at least youtube.  

Is the best part when he agrees that the New Jersey GOP should just fold if they lose this race?

Or when he compares the Republican party to hapless sucker Charlie Brown?

Or perhaps when he compares himself and the national GOP to a cheating referee intervening in our state? He’s not lying, but it’s the RGA not the RNC.

It just has to be seen to be believed.

Caption Contest: What a pair

Michael Steele and Chris Christie did their secret tour to end all tours making two stops in South Jersey on Monday. They answered some questions after one of the events and I grabbed a screen shot from the video of a press conference on NJN giving us this photo for discussion:

steelechristiecaptioncontest

Your thoughts?

Maybe they didn’t tell Steele the NJ GOP doesn’t want Palin

Michael Steele is in town today stumping on behalf of Chris Christie, even if Blue Jersey has done more publicizing of the events than the campaign. But apparently Steele wasn’t briefed well, because he’s still shooting for Sarah Palin to see Russia from Trenton:

Steele afterwards said he looked forward to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigning for Republicans across the country, including New Jersey and Virginia, to what best fits her schedule.

Christie, however, said he does not plan on having Palin, who has announced her resignation as governor effective July 26, campaign in New Jersey. Christie said he wants to focus his campaign on New Jersey’s issues and how he would address the state’s problems.

What I wouldn’t give for some follow up questions.  Here’s just a few I would have liked to see asked by an intrepid reporter:

1. Does Michael Steele plan on bringing Palin into NJ over the objections of Christie?

2. How does Chris Christie think that keeping the focus on NJ means bringing in National figures like Steele, Rudy and Romney?

3. Athough they don’t want Sarah Palin to stand on stage in this state, would they accept financial support and a check to the PAC?

4. Will she come in for a private fundraiser if they don’t want her out in public?

And those are just the questions pertaining to today’s quotes. What questions would you like the media to be asking?

First dibs when the First Lady comes to town

While the President will be here Thursday to campaign with Governor Corzine, the Washington Times lets us know that won’t be the only Obama visit:

When New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine announced that President Obama would headline his re-election rally, more than 52,000 people signed up, forcing the governor to move it to a bigger location and issue Obama fans IOUs.

Corzine aides called the enthusiastic and quick response to the upcoming rally “absolutely outstanding” and promised that those turned away would have first dibs when first lady Michelle Obama and administration officials come before the November election – or if the president makes a return trip.

So if you don’t get into the event on Thursday, it may not be your last chance to see the President or other members of his family in the state on behalf of the Governor. On the other side of the aisle, the GOP has Michael Steele here today, Newt Gingrich coming soon, and Sarah Palin in exile.

State GOP fighting over their values too

It appears Chris Christie isn’t the only one having a problem with his values.

A spat among two new GOP state committee members, Donna Ward and Rob Eichmann, and new state chairman Jay Webber over whether to accept last year’s national Republican platform has escalated.

Actually, according to the Auditor, it appears Christie could be the cause of this values struggle too:

At issue is a motion made at the GOP’s organizational session June 17, where two new Republican committee members, Donna Ward and Rob Eichmann, wanted the party to accept the national Republican platform from last year’s presidential race. Among other things, the platform says, “We assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life, which cannot be infringed.” Such language could add potency to Gov. Jon Corzine’s ongoing attack on Christie’s anti-abortion stance in moderate New Jersey.

Here’s what they had to say:

“Why does the Republican State Committee not want to call ourselves Republican and support the platform of the Republican National Committee?” Ward and Eichmann wrote in the missive, which they also sent to the national Republican chairman, Michael Steele. Steele is expected to appear with Christie in South Jersey tomorrow. “We want Republicans, first and foremost the New Jersey Republican State Committee, to proudly and loudly proclaim that we are Republicans!”

And they also said this:

“We hope that the committee is open to all points of view in the Republican family . . . but we came away from (the session) with some concerns,” according to the letter. “Failing to adopt this resolution is tantamount to saying that the New Jersey GOP really isn’t Republican at all.”

Maybe they should reach out to Chris Christie’s web designer and tell them to stop hiding his values behind technical difficulties. But the GOP State chair wants you to think it’s all a misunderstanding due to not following the right process:

“It’s inaccurate,” Webber, a Morris County assemblyman, told The Auditor. “We’ve got two new members of the state committee, who are obviously enthusiastic but misguided. The committee would have no problems supporting the positions but they didn’t follow the process.”

Possibly while Michael Steele is in town with Chris Christie today pitching the virtues of Sarah Palin coming for a visit, he may also check and see whether Christie and the state party support the platform he helped the National Party put in place. If Christie does, maybe he can include that on the values page when they finally are able to resolve those “technical difficulties.”

Newt to the Rescue

With New Jersey being one of only two states with off year elections, you can expect many of the big names to come through the state.  While the Governor will have the President in on Thursday and the Christie campaign will have Michael Steele on Monday, Jay Webber has turned the party to a familiar name:

GOP State Committee Chairman Jay Webber confirmed Friday that Gingrich will headline a July 24 event at the home of Sal and Lisa LoBiondo, a Montville couple who are active in Republican politics.

Invitees to the private fundraiser will pay $1,000 each for a cocktail reception, $5,000 a plate for dinner.

It’s not known how many people will attend.

Webber called Gingrich “an interesting figure who has a lot of insights on current events.”

It’s probably a smart move by the new chair because Newt is one of the few names with drawing power in their party. We should keep track of all the people who come to town while Sarah Palin is turned away. Romney has been here, Steele is coming, Rudy has been prominent and Newt will be helping the effort, while Palin is quarantined from the NJ GOP. Her treatment prompted this reaction from one conservative, pointed out by Fred Snowflack:

The message of the New Jersey GOP is loud and clear: not only is Sarah Palin is not welcome here, but neither are conservative Republicans. The GOP in in this state is a pathetic simulacrum of the party of Ronald Reagan – a political Potemkin Village populated by party hacks too busy shaking the plum tree to realize the ground beneath them is giving way.

At best, her presence here would have boosted the morale of the conservative faction of the Party – if only temporarily. I?m actually relieved that the Christie campaign made its intentions known, as this will serve as a warning to Mrs. Palin to avoid this particular pit of vipers

We’ll see if Newt is able to tamp down that sentiment, because if conservatives stay home, Christie’s got problems. An interesting note, the party website has the “Evening with Newt Gingrich” listed, which is basically a private house party with a former elected official, but not the Christie/Steele tour du Jersey which involves their party standard bearer and National Chairman. Make of that what you will.

Maybe Steele can personally convince Christie on Palin

National GOP chair Michael Steele wants Sarah Palin to campaign in NJ and Va for Republican candidates for Governor. Chris Christie’s campaign wants nothing to do with the idea of bringing in Sarah Palin.  Maybe they will have time to discuss the differences when Steele joins Christie for an event on Monday. It appears they will be making a few stops.  From a tweet sent by the Logan Twp GOP:

Chris Christie to visit Gloucester County Monday @ 1:00 pm with GOP Chairman Michael Steele 130 North Woodbury Rd. Pitman, NJ 08071

And then they will campaign in Ocean City with the 1st District candidates at 5pm. In fact, NJ Republicans seem so excited about Steele’s arrival, that there is no mention anywhere on the State GOP site, the Atlantic County GOP site, the Gloucester County GOP site or Chris Christie’s site. But the Democratic national Committee was aware and had this to say:

“Instead of offering solutions to the problems facing New Jersey, Chris Christie is surrounding himself with ultra-conservatives like Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, who time and time again have failed to offer solutions to the problems we face. Christie and Steele?s vision for the future is out of line with the values of New Jersey voters.

Funny they should mention values, because it’s been twenty days now since Christie lost his shared values. Maybe while they’re talking about Palin, they can discuss those missing values.

For a preview of Michael Steele, here is a video put together by TPM recapping his first 100 days as chair.

Steve Lonegan rips Mike Steele for NEA donation

Steve Lonegan, whose own campaign is crashing faster than the Hindenburg, issued a

press release calling on RNC Chairman Michael Steele to return a $15,000 donation to the RNC from the National Education Association’s political action committee.  The Bergen Blowhard from Bogota then proceeded to take some cheap shots at Chairman Steele:

“First he stepped out and attacked Rush Limbaugh, who has done more to galvanize taxpayers against the Obama agenda than the RNC has done. Then he said abortion was ‘a choice’ and now is taking money from the Teachers Union. While my opponent Mr. Christie and other party liberals may have no problem with Chairman Steele’s actions, I do. We’re going to take back this country by standing tall for what we believe, not getting in bed with our opponents. And the battle to take back our nation starts right here in New Jersey, “Lonegan added.

I can’t imagine any of Lonegan’s opponents wanting to get in bed with him.  In fact, I can’t imagine anyone getting into bed with Lonegan.

Quote of the Day

RNC Chair Michael Steele on whether voters can trust Republicans:

I’m not gonna, look, I’m not going to soft pedal this with you. I’m not going to try to blow smoke either. The reality of it is, you are absolutely right. You have absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions at this point.

Watch it on youtube.  

(Update) Runner-up quote of the day on the same topic, is from Arlen Specter:

“When I came back to the cloak room after coming to the agreement a week ago today,” said Specter, “one of my colleagues said, ‘Arlen, I’m proud of you.’ My Republican colleague said, ‘Arlen, I’m proud of you.’ I said, ‘Are you going to vote with me?’ And he said, ‘No, I might have a primary.’ And I said, ‘Well, you know very well I’m going to have a primary.'”

“I think there are a lot of people in the Republican caucus who are glad to see this action taken without their fingerprints, without their participation,”