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Posted on 11/16/2010 10:50:53 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Top RNC aide quits, blasts Steele By: Jonathan Martin November 16, 2010 01:06 PM EST
Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins resigned from his post Tuesday morning with a stinging indictment of Chairman Michael Steeles two-year tenure at the committee.
In a four-page letter to Steele and the RNCs executive committee obtained by POLITICO, Collins lays out inside details, previously only whispered, about the disorganization that plagues the party. He asserts that the RNCs financial shortcomings limited GOP gains this year and reveals that the committee is deeply in debt entering the 2012 presidential election cycle.
In the previous two non-presidential cycles, the RNC carried over $4.8 million and $3.1 million respectively in cash reserve balances into the presidential cycles, Collins writes, underlining his words for emphasis. In stark contrast, we enter the 2012 presidential cycle with 100% of the RNCs $15 million in lines of credit tapped out, and unpaid bills likely to add millions to that debt.
The short version of the RNC's 2010 troubles as described by Collins: The committee couldnt afford to run an independent expenditure ad campaign on behalf of their candidates, didnt fund a paid voter turnout operation for Senate and gubernatorial races, left its vaunted 72-Hour turnout program effectively unfunded, offered only a fraction of the direct-to-candidate financial contributions they made four years ago and dramatically scaled back its support of state parties.
Steele has not indicated whether he will seek another term at the helm of the committee and an array of Republicans are already maneuvering to ensure that he does not win re-election in the event he runs. The depth of the partys problems his political director reveals is likely to make it considerably more difficult for the embattled chairman if he does pursue a second term.
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they need to give the job back to Haley Barber. He has no chance to be elected President and he was the best RNC Chair they ever had.
Whatever Steele’s shortcomings, the RNC began its steep declin under Martinez. His embrace of Amnesty turned off the GOP base, and former contributors went elsewhere thereafter.
Two fatal mistakes made by the Bush administration were appointing Mel Martinez as RNC Chair, and Scott McClellan as his WH Spokesperson.
But ... we ... ummm ... lost Delaware because ... ahhhhh ... O'Donnell was ... ummmm ... a really bad candidate.
Got to see the lack of a GOTV-72 hr program and renegging on promises. They are broke, we broke them by not sending money and sending it to Tea Party Candidates. And still, I don’t think they got the message. Do we have to invoke old jokes on getting someone’s attention? My gosh, how deaf can they be?
Time to dump Steele...and the GOP needs to get away from the quasi-Democrat, Liberal Globalist wimps they have had running the party...and get a real conservative
The folks following Mehlman never publicly came to grips with that issue and that caused many traditionalists to cut off donations to the national party.
This is Rove and Slick Willard’s people trying to stage a coup at the RNC. I have no great love for Steele, but if anyone is to blame for the lousy fundraising at the RNC, it’s Rove and his American Crossdressers siphoning off huge amounts of regular Republican donors.
If we’re going to replace Steele, we should vet the replacement VERY carefully.
The problem isn’t really Steele. The problem is the GOP. People are mad, and they are not giving.
As much as people like GW Bush as a person, they are mad at some of the things the GOP did under him, and they are mad about McCain, and they are mad about some of the shots taken by the GOP against conservatives and conservative leaders and Tea Party folk, and they are mad that every time they turn around the GOP is trying to foist another McCain on them, another amnesty bill on them, and refusing to take on the socialists.
So they react the only way they know how; give money directly to the candidate and refuse to give it to the party.
I have a friend who worked the phone banks for the local GOP and she said it was misery; every phone call she was getting cussed out by the party member on the other end of the line. People are mad.
Take a hike Steele.
You are a chump with an NPR sounding voice.
I want someone with core values, a plan and gonnads.
You have none.
Good post! You said it much better than I could.
Martinez may have brought about the death of the RNC but Steele dug the grave and tossed on the dirt!
I’m beginning to think that Barbour will be the GOP compromise choice for its ‘12 presidential candidate. He’s effectively governed MS, got that state thru Katrina, and generally is more acceptable to more constituencies within the GOP.
BUT I am still miffed that back in ‘96 Barbour decided to hold back spending till well into the cycle, while Clinton, who was eminently beatable early in that year, was pumping in money under the rader. Clinton had it all sewn up before the RNC spent the first dime.
Yeah, let Steele and his nodding agreement about white “racism”, with ignorant, semi-literate thug rappers, go elsewhere.
Maybe it is time to just end the RNC, it is obsolete.
Bingo they kept callin’ I kept sayin’ I’d give to candidates of my choice (I only started in 2008 to begin with) and the reasons why I wouldn’t give the RNC or any of their surrogates those funds.
I think in this case Atlas has shrugged - and yet we still had more spent on this midterm than ever - it just went direct instead of through the laundering/candidate of their choice.
To you & I these were mistakes but to the RINO government these were right-on calls & see what it got us - The big-eared commie Moooslim.
Sad, because M.Steele had kind words for Gentry Collins.
Gentry most recently served as the Midwestern Regional Campaign manager for McCain-Palin 2008 where he recruited a record setting volunteer organization that made more voter contacts than any Republican nominee in history.
The RNC that M.Steele took over - was the only game in town. Soon thereafter, with TEA activists and other PACs competing for dollars - Ken Blackwell would have had similar problems.
The GOP won 60+ House seats - 6 Senate seats and 7 State Governors’ offices from incumbent Dems - with an impotent RNC. Maybe it’s time for State organizations only.
You can bet the RNC isn't "too big to fail".
Let it go bankrupt. The Tea Party can pick up its prime assets for pennies on the dollar.
yeah, sorry .. I forgot about the eminently forgettable Mehlman.
Time after time, so much that a pattern emerged, the RNC would not support (or only reluctantly support) a conservative that won in the primary.
Steele was a blind man leading the blind and listening to the establishment wonks.
The “tea party” is basically the rank and file of the party.
We need someone who is in synch with the “tea party”, we need someone who is spoiling for a fight, and we need someone who is in particular prepared to take on election fraud. That is one of the biggest threats I see now. We are starting to pull together our communications networks, we are getting our philosophical focus, but election fraud is killing us.
In the past we’ve let it go for the sake of, what? I don’t know. To avoid a fight. We’ve got to fight back now, and we need an RNC leader who understands the problem and doesn’t mind throwing a fit on nation-wide TV and dragging people in front of a grand jury.
“This is Rove and Slick Willards people trying to stage a coup at the RNC.”
The RNC lost the support of its base in the 2006 Congressional elections and in McPain’s fiasco of a campaign in 2008.
Independent and Conservative Republicans, and the GOP grass roots, AND NOT Rove, then looked to their own resources and NOT the RNC for how they would win in 2010 - which THEY, not the RNC, and NOT Rove did.
The RNC, before and during Steele’s tenure decided it was the party of the RINO, not the Republican Party.
Maybe its time the Republican Party retake the reins at the RNC.
Much as I hated Steele every time he opened his mouth, I’m far from certain that he’s the real problem. I think he’s just the figurehead sitting out there being a visible target for our ire.
I think Steele was a pretty good guy, but that when he was given the job he was told what to do by the guys behind the scenes. And, unfortunately, he did what he was told.
What we really need to do is to clean out all the Karl Roves behind the scenes. All the Republican professionals. Read Sarah’s “Going Rogue” if you want to get a pretty good glimpse of what these stupid loser handlers are really like.
And I think we need someone like Sarah in charge to weed them out. She did it in Alaska—although now Murkowski is back again like a zombi with a misplaced stake. And how did Murkowski get back? Because the apparatus is still loaded with people who wanted her back. The Corrupt Bastards Club.
I did, however, make 30 donations directly to 25 different candidates I personally liked as well as 5 additional donations to PACs that seemed to have their act together. Only two of the individual candidates were in my home state.
I had to make a spreadsheet to keep track of it.
And yes, Free Republic was on my list...WOO-HOO!
I can tell you unless things change, it will be a long time before the RNC gets a another dime from me.
RNC lurkers I hope you are listening. The electorate is wide awake now. You will have to earn my money from now on and frankly, you have been doing a fairly crappy job of it.
You are ignorant.
All one has to do is look at the numbers to see where the RNC fundraising went. We're not talking about the small donors donating to individual candidates here. We're talking about the big ones who usually donate to the RNC and added to the insane fundraising numbers of Rove's Crossdressing group.
I'll bet you didn't even bother to do the two seconds of research it took to find out that Gentry Collins was Romney's Iowa coordinator in 2008.
Maybe its time the Republican Party retake the reins at the RNC.
Follow the advice of guys like Gentry Collins and you'll be doing exactly the opposite.
Haley’s a Governor...he was GREAT.....maybe SARAH could be though.
Goodbye RNC. You represent betrayal. You represent a Trojan Horse for the DNC. You will not receive a single penny from my wallet. I will continue to donate to individual candidates as I see fit.
DITTO that. Until Steele is gone they won’t get a cent from me. I think they finally got the message after I sent every single thing they sent to me, back to them, with a snotty letter and I used their prepaid envelope. They can KMA. Get Steele out of there.
“I’ll bet you didn’t even bother to do the two seconds of research it took to find out that Gentry Collins was Romney’s Iowa coordinator in 2008.”
“Follow the advice of guys like Gentry Collins and you’ll be doing exactly the opposite.”
Being such a GOP conspiracy buff, I’ll bet you can’t even realize that someone like Mr. Collins, no matter both you and I might think of him, has ANYTHING right about Mr. Steele’s tenure at the RNC. That’s too bad.
Sorry, Mr. Gentry is who he is. YOU can impart any motive you want to him. That won’t remove any element of objective and factual opinion he may have about Mr. Steele; opinions shared in a broad cross section of the GOP; not just your “Rove cabal”.
It has less to do with Michael Steele and everything to do with former RNC supporters sending the RNC the message: NO MORE RINOs!
I’m sorry you are incapable of the critical thinking necessary to grasp the situation here. Arguing with you is obviously pointless, so I won’t bother to continue.
“This is Rove and Slick Willards people trying to stage a coup at the RNC. I have no great love for Steele, but if anyone is to blame for the lousy fundraising at the RNC, its Rove and his American Crossdressers siphoning off huge amounts of regular Republican donors.”
Yep, no question about it.
That’s exactly what happened, we got mad and decided to choose our candidates ourselves.
Many here on FR have indicated that they will not support RNC until its policies change. Support is being given direct to individual campaigns.
It’s both. One doesn’t preclude the other.
That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the people who donate huge amounts of money. Ed Gillespie and Rove have syphoned off many of the big money donors to their own group.
There’s plenty to dislike Steele for, but we should be very leery of his replacement, as Rove and Gillespie (and by extension, Romney) are surely going to want one of their people in there.
Did we donate to Karl Rove’s American Crossdresser group instead? Because their fundraising numbers were through the roof. If it wasn’t us (and it wasn’t), who was it that did all that donating?
I think we need a serious blood purge before breaking up the party.
Mehlman is the guy who undoubtedly brought in the gay guys surrounding Hastert ~ plus, his presence simply encouraged people like Mark Foley to think they now had free access to House pages.
“The problem isnt really Steele. The problem is the GOP. People are mad, and they are not giving.”
Not just Bush and McCain! The GOP gave us Hastert and DeLay and Mitch McConnell talking about earmarks right after an historic election. They are the face of the GOP, not Steele. Steele had to deal with this reality.
I think the biggest question for Steele is how competent he is with managing and allocating money.
I remember that when we started talking about repeal of the health care bill, some of the party bigshots were saying “don’t repeal it, there’s some good stuff in there!”.
Thats when I thought, these guys are hopeless. We have to clean them out with a broom and high pressure water hose.
I am sorry that you are incapable of OBJECTIVE thinking - as opposed to conspiratorial thinking, which is so necessary to even begin “critical thinking”.
While having a concern about the source of a point of view IS important, that concern diminishes when multiple sources from very different perspectives have a similar opinion, for their own reasons. That context usually demonstrates that where there is smoke there is fire; which I believe IS the context with respect to many different people's laments over Steele and his tenure at the RNC.
Republicans gained appx. 65 House seats in spite of Steele. Imagine what could have been done with an effective chairman.
To say that Steele is not the brightest bulb on the tree is about as charitable as you can get. That limitation, which is bad enough, is compounded by his having his foot in his mouth most of the time.
LOL, whatever the "Tea Party" is...
http://www.coachisright.com/michael-steele-you%e2%80%99re-an-affirmative-action-choice-who-can%e2%80%99t-cut-it-stop-embarrassing-us-and-resign/ pegged on coachisright.com March 3, 2009
Steele must go!
He is an albatross around the neck of the party.
Everything is always Karl Roves fault. Haha.
Congratulations. I thought your last reply was about as nonsensical as they come, but this one takes the prize.