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Old 01-31-2009, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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Default New RNC Chairman was paid to run for Lt. Gov. of Maryland

Apparently Steele was hired by the GOP to be a candidate..rather an unusual arrangement.

Rumor has it, Steele is being paid 30 pieces of silver to become RNC Chairman.


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When the newly elected RNC Chair, Michael Steele, ran for Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2002, he was paid a salary -- "consulting fees" -- by the Republican Party to do so.

BuzzFlash first reported this back in 2002. (Steele served as Lt. Governor of Maryland from 2003-2007. He lost a 2006 U.S. Senate bid.)

Eventually, the Baltimore Sun wrote an article on the rather unusual "pay to run" arrangement:

The Maryland Republican Party is paying Michael S. Steele $5,000 a month in consulting fees under an arrangement that began shortly after his selection as gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s running mate.
New RNC Chair, Michael Steele, Was Paid by the GOP to Run for Lt. Governor of Maryland. He Received a Party Salary to Run. | BuzzFlash.org (http://buzzflash.com/articles/node/7571 - broken link)
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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As a former Marylander, I'm happy that Steele will finally be scrutinized by the MSM..He's a hired hack plain and simple.
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Irvine, CA to Keller, TX
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Apparently Steele was hired by the GOP to be a candidate..rather an unusual arrangement.

Rumor has it, Steele is being paid 30 pieces of silver to become RNC Chairman.




New RNC Chair, Michael Steele, Was Paid by the GOP to Run for Lt. Governor of Maryland. He Received a Party Salary to Run. | BuzzFlash.org (http://buzzflash.com/articles/node/7571 - broken link)
What was done was legal apparently so what is the beef? Now Obama supporters are concerned about ethics? Now that's a laugh, especially considering recent news about Obama's nominations and their lack of honesty regarding not paying taxes.


Although the payments appear legal, Democrats said the GOP's contract with Steele raises ethical questions and suggests the party might be subsidizing the living expenses of a candidate for statewide office.

New RNC Chair, Michael Steele, Was Paid by the GOP to Run for Lt. Governor of Maryland. He Received a Party Salary to Run. | BuzzFlash.org (http://buzzflash.com/articles/node/7571 - broken link)
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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"Democrats said the GOP's contract with Steele raises ethical questions"

What a joke.
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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What was done was legal apparently so what is the beef?
No beef with being paid just funny that in order to get a black candidate the GOP has to go to 'Negros R Us' to get one.
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Irvine, CA to Keller, TX
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No beef with being paid just funny that in order to get a black candidate the GOP has to go to 'Negros R Us' to get one.
He just happened to be the best qualified and Black. It is a shame some blacks have to be so short sided to rule out that a Black person can think on his/her own and happen to be conservative. It shows such diversity and tolerance.
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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He just happened to be the best qualified and Black. It is a shame some blacks have to be so short sided to rule out that a Black person can think on his/her own and happen to be conservative. It shows such diversity and tolerance.
He was the best qualified and just happened to be black? Who are you kidding?..Sure you're right, and Palin was the best qualified VP candidate and just happened to be a woman. Both choices are token moves by a desperate party.
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Irvine, CA to Keller, TX
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He was the best qualified and just happened to be black? Who are you kidding?..Sure you're right, and Palin was the best qualified VP candidate and just happened to be a woman. Both choices are token moves by a desperate party.
You are entitled to your opinion. I happen to think he is the best qualified and I have heard him many times. He is not a Republican insider and I suspect that is why he got the nod. He was most definitely not a token he is well respected among conservatives. Saying that he was a token is like saying Obama was a token and only won because of white guilt, hmmmm.
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:12 PM
 
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[quote=Soccersupporter;7261530It is a shame some blacks have to be so short sided to rule out that a Black person can think on his/her own and happen to be conservative. It shows such diversity and tolerance.[/QUOTE]

No, it just shows that you have a problem with reading comprehension, or just a need to cast unwarranted aspersions.

My comment is in no way shape or form can be construed as being a sleight towards Chairman Steele. Nor will you ever hear me disparage an African American simply because he or she may have a conservative point of view, and there are quite a few that do. The joke is actually on the GOP whose paucity of even conservative African Americans is so palpable, as this case exemplifies, that it is necessary to pay an African American to run for office.
And just in case you missed my comments early on, the selection of Steele is a win-win for African Americans.

In the long run, it will be interesting to see who really has a taste of diversity and tolerance. We've already seen what can happen to an African American who falls off the Republican plantation in the last election.
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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He just happened to be the best qualified and Black. It is a shame some blacks have to be so short sided to rule out that a Black person can think on his/her own and happen to be conservative. It shows such diversity and tolerance.
How do you reckon he was the best qualified?
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