Speaking at the Texas Energy Museum’s Blowout 2009 fundraiser at the Beaumont Civic Center earlier this week, Newt Gingrich subtly suggested that RNC Chairman Michael Steele isn’t focused on America’s needs:
Still, Gingrich was hopeful about the future of his party and said, “If the Republican Party quits worrying about the Republican Party, from the chairman down, and focuses on what America needs, we’ll do fine.”
These days, Michael Steele isn’t getting much love (slum or otherwise) from his conservative colleagues. “He was elected because of his communications skills,” a Republican insider told Byron York, “and it is exactly those skills that are hurting the party right now.” Yesterday, Sen. Arlen Specter said, “I wouldn’t pay a whole lot of attention” to Steele. And today, there are reports that a former RNC candidate is organizing a no-confidence vote against him.
John Aravosis notes Michael Steele referring to congressional Republicans as “scurrying mice.”
,A Steele adviser says that, the reference to “the Hill” aside, Steele was referring to “political operatives,” not Congress.