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November 18, 2008
  

The Race for RNC Chairman Stirs Controversy 
A new chairman of the Republican National Committee will be elected during its January meeting. Some candidates have already emerged in what could become an interesting and possibly controversial contest among Republicans holding differing views on how to move the Party forward.

So far, two candidates from Michigan have started making calls seeking support—current state chairman Saul Anuzis and former National Committeeman Chuck Yob. South Carolina state chairman Katon Dawson has announced his candidacy and Texas state chairman Tina Benkiser is being encouraged to enter the race.

Another contender is Michael Steele, former Lt. Governor of Maryland and current contributor to FOX News Channel. While those mentioned above appear to have no apparent negative associations, Michael Steele’s long partnership with former pro-abortion Governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman and the Republican Leadership Council is deeply troubling.

The Republican Leadership Council (RLC), which was formed for the express purpose of raising money to help elect pro-choice Republicans to Congress, lists on its web site Michael Steele as co-founder along with Christine Todd Whitman and former Senator John Danforth. http://www.republican-leadership.com/aboutus. Prior to the November 4th Presidential Election, the RLC sent a letter dated October 28, 2008 to its donors requesting funds to put fiscally conservative, socially tolerant [code for pro-abortion-choice] Republicans in office.

Whitman and the RLC have opposed the pro-life plank in the Republican National Platform. Her book, "It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America," co-authored by Michael Bostock, shows their antipathy toward the base of the Party. The central thesis of the book, as described on the RLC web site is: "the Republican Party had been taken hostage by social fundamentalists," from whom the Party must be freed. http://www.republican-leadership.com/node/669

RLC's analysis of the loss of the election is an attack on the Party's base of support in general and Sarah Palin in particular, and it is exactly backwards. John McCain never did attract the support of the base, and by the time he named Governor Palin as his running mate, it was too late no matter how much heavy lifting she did. The Reagan Democrats who might have voted Republican fled back to their comfort zone after eight years of Republican profligate spending, the abandonment of conservative principles, the economic downturn, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Big media had plenty of ammunition to deliver the election to Obama.

We urge the members of the Republican National Committee to carefully consider the political philosophies and associations of the candidates for RNC chairman. Many of us learned at our mother's knee that "you are known by the company you keep." Unfortunately, Michael Steele has been keeping company with those who justify Roe v. Wade, oppose the pro-life plank in the Republican National Platform, wish to purge the Party of its "social fundamentalist" base, and ensure the further decline of the Republican Party by trying to attract "moderates" who stand for nothing but tolerate anything.


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