Steele to GOP critics: 'Get a life' or 'fire me'
Cross-posted from 44: Politics and Policy in Obama's Washington.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele lashed out at critics Thursday after some prominent Republicans reportedly questioned his leadership of the party and accused Steele of focusing more on his own image than on rebuilding the GOP.
"I tell them to get a life," Steele told ABC News Radio in an interview Thursday. "I'm looking them in the eye and say, 'I've had enough of it. If you don't want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way.'"
Steele apparently was responding in part to a Thursday report in the Washington Times that quotes some GOP operatives as saying they plan to withhold donations from the RNC because they are unhappy with Steele's leadership. In the story, Republican critics accused Steele of spending too much time promoting his new book, "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda," and giving paid speeches around the country.
Steele told ABC he would grade himself a "solid B" in his first year as chairman, saying he helped the party raise $80 million, win governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia and launch a new Web site.
"A 'B' is not bad," Steele said. "I can do better."
Christopher Dean Hopkins
January 7, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
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