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RNC's Steele hires pricey 'convention liaison,' irking GOP
The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2010 | Ralph Z. Hallow

Posted on 11/18/2010 7:50:36 PM PST by jazusamo

Former personal assistant paid $15,000 a month

SAN DIEGO | Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele hired his former personal assistant to manage the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., for $15,000 a month plus a $25,000 signing bonus, The Washington Times has learned.

The contract, signed by Mr. Steele on the RNC's Committee on Arrangements (COA) letterhead, calls for Belinda Cook to serve "as RNC liaison to the convention."

The Tampa press has been identifying Mrs. Cook as "convention manager" - a position invariably filled in the past by Republicans of considerable federal-level experience in negotiating many contracts each worth millions of dollars.

Former RNC convention managers say they know of no such previous title as "liaison to the convention" and questioned the need for such a position in the second half of 2010.

They also say the contract with Tampa to be the host city was made six months earlier than with host cities in the past, thus causing an already cash-strapped RNC to spend more money sooner than in the past on the national nominating convention.

"Strikes me that this liaison mission is premature and overcompensated," said former RNC general counsel David Norcross, who in 2004 also served as chairman of the COA, the RNC panel that oversees the quadrennial presidential nominating convention.

"I know of no prior 'liaison' position, nor do I know what such a person would do," said Mr. Norcross, who is in San Diego for the annual Republican Governors Association meeting.

"There is no need for a full-time person starting more than two years out from the beginning of the convention," Mr. Norcross told The Times.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: belindacook; convention; rnc; steele
What's going on, is this legit?
1 posted on 11/18/2010 7:50:40 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

So is Belinda an AA hire?


2 posted on 11/18/2010 7:53:15 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

Not sure. Steele sure as hell is.


3 posted on 11/18/2010 7:58:00 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: jazusamo

I quit giving to the RINO National Committee years ago, so this changes nothing.


4 posted on 11/18/2010 7:59:38 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: jazusamo

“I know of no prior ‘liaison’ position, nor do I know what such a person would do,” said Mr. Norcross, who is in San Diego for the annual Republican Governors Association meeting.

“There is no need for a full-time person starting more than two years out from the beginning of the convention,” Mr. Norcross told The Times.


Norcross makes no sense. He doesn’t know what the person is gonna do but it shouldn’t be done so soon.

I do think Norcross sounds immensely qualified for the Obama admin.


5 posted on 11/18/2010 8:02:53 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: sionnsar

I only give to candidates of my choice too but this seems to stink. People that do give to the RNC probably don’t give for inflated salaries.


6 posted on 11/18/2010 8:04:44 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Washington Times is usually a trustworthy source.

Lots of serious people wanting to be rid of Steele, and this may be just the ticket.

I wouldn’t shed a tear if they ushered him out the door personally.


7 posted on 11/18/2010 8:05:05 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo
Belinda Cook....$15,000 a month plus a $25,000 signing bonus

Wanna bet there is a "love child bonus" we won't hear about until October 2012?

8 posted on 11/18/2010 8:08:40 PM PST by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandwithArizona)
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To: rockinqsranch
Washington Times is usually a trustworthy source.

That's what got my attention, they're not noted for writing hit pieces against Republicans.

9 posted on 11/18/2010 8:09:58 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I think Steele is is a Steelican, NOT a Republican. ;)


10 posted on 11/18/2010 8:16:15 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo
What's going on, is this legit?

Dunno.

I care quite a bit less since I quit sending any money to the GOP.

Now that they get nothing from us, and are in line to get a whole lot more nothing in the future, with or without Steele, we don't know and we don't care if its legit. If Steele left tomorrow, it would still be a long time before I;d send them anything for any reason, since the people left are the ones who have tolerated and enabled that crook for so long now.

The GOP will need to do a deep-clean on their dirty house before they get any money from us. I highly recommend others do the same. Hold the GOP accountable for their crooked thievery, sleazy nepotism, and lousy decision making.

11 posted on 11/18/2010 8:22:23 PM PST by mountainbunny
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To: jazusamo

Well, I think the criticism is correct. This is an exceedingly dumb thing to do at this particular moment in time.

The Republicans are just getting their act together and deciding who will get which posts. So Steele goes ahead and just does this without consulting anyone?

It doesn’t pass the smell test. OR the intelligence test. What kind of dumb*ss would do this when his own job was hanging in the balance and people were wondering if he would cooperate with the new conservative wave in the party?


12 posted on 11/18/2010 8:27:29 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: jazusamo
That's what got my attention, they're not noted for writing hit pieces against Republicans.

With tea party supporters demanding fiscal conservatism, Steele just kicked them in the teeth. Is he paying these people out of his own salary? Or, on the other hand, is he stealthily setting up 2012 for Obama to continue in office?

13 posted on 11/18/2010 8:29:23 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: jazusamo
Here's the scoop folks:
Mr. Steele makes connection with RINOs with GOP. They think his life story, public presentation, and most corruptibility make him an attractive candidate for GOP Leadership. We need a more ethnically diverse public face, Steele can provide that needed imagery!
So Steele gets 2 years of free publicity appearing on Fox News as a commentator. He get name recognition, and a conservative image!
Everything is in place, so Steele get the nod from insider GOP RINOs.
Now Steele has been watching all the insider dealing that go on in RINO Land, so he decides that his cultivated personal public image is a ‘must have’ cover that RINOs need. Thinking he is valuable, maybe even not easily replaceable, he ventures into imitating RINO corruption, but with in his own circle of ‘friends’, instead of the usual RINO crowed.
Steele is administrative incompetent, but feels special so it won't hurt him in the end. He engages into RINOCorruption ‘CopyCat’ behavior with his own group of friends, in an effort to build a power base that will serve him in the future! RINOs are afraid to call him on it, when his corruption is noticed publicly because he has a handful of beans just waiting to be spilled! Just My Cynical Imagination (JMCI)
14 posted on 11/18/2010 8:33:35 PM PST by J Edgar
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Maybe this lady is his girlfriend.


15 posted on 11/18/2010 8:39:40 PM PST by catbertz
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To: PaleoBob

Norcross was the chairman of the RNC committee that ran the 2004 convention. Here is a link to the staff that year:

http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2004/convs/rconvorg.html


16 posted on 11/18/2010 8:41:10 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: jazusamo
Steele is such an embarrassment to Republicans and I believe he secretly is an obamma supporter, messing up the RNC on purpose to support the democrats. Do you ever wonder why the Democrats never criticize Steele?
17 posted on 11/18/2010 8:59:28 PM PST by rawhide
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To: Cicero; MamaDearest

Agree with you both. The Repub Party doesn’t need this seemingly kind of scandal now or at any time, this sounds like somethings Rats would do.


18 posted on 11/18/2010 9:03:24 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
..."After Mr. Steele won election as national chairman in January 2009, he brought along Mrs. Cook, his longtime personal assistant, and gave her a salary nearly three times what her predecessors made. Mrs. Cook's son, Lee, also landed an RNC job. Mr. Steele hired another friend of his family, Angela Sailor, to be the party's outreach director with an annual salary of $180,000, more than double her predecessor's compensation, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings reported by The Times in May 2009."

Mr. Steele compensates well, it seems.

19 posted on 11/18/2010 9:22:04 PM PST by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: jazusamo

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 by coachisright.com on March 3 2009


20 posted on 11/19/2010 4:26:08 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: La Lydia

I don’t really care what the guy has done—he could have parted the seas for that matter. Still and all, it makes no sense to say, “I dunno what that person is gonna do but it shouldn’t be done.”


21 posted on 11/19/2010 7:09:41 AM PST by PaleoBob
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