A lot of people have been unhappy with Michael Steele’s performance at the Republican National Committee (RNC). The perception is that Steele has been doing more self promoting than RNC promoting. But this revelation should be the final straw. Steele has got to go.
The stuff about the risque club in California doesn’t bother me as much as the overall lavish spending. It is not clear that the RNC had control over where the SoCal money was spent and just remitted a bill after the fact. (If they had prior knowledge then I would be upset.) But there is no excuse for stuff like this:
The RNC spent more than $17,000 on private jet travel in February as well as nearly $13,000 for limousines and car services, and also ran up tabs at luxe hotels including the Beverly Hills Hotel ($9,000); the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons ($6,600) and the W Hotel in Washington ($15,000). The GOP’s controversial midwinter meeting in Hawaii ended up costing the party $43,000 in expenses, not including airfare, the records show.
Steele has come under steady fire for his financial stewardship of the organization. The RNC had more than $22 million on hand when Steele arrived last year, but is down to under $10 million now despite raising $96 million during that time, records show. The Daily Caller website, which first noted the new FEC filings, also reported that Steele had suggested that the RNC should purchase a private jet for his travels after he first took over the job in January 2009.
I realize that what Steele does may require purchasing plane tickets at the last minute rather than waiting for a rate he can afford on Travelocity like the rest of us peons, but private jets? Dude take Delta. Coach. The Beverly Hills Hotel? How ’bout you stay in the Motel 6 like the rest of us yahoos in flyover country your party pretends to represent.