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A second RNC committee member calls for Steele to step down

Dr. Ada Fisher, a member of the Republican National Committee from North Carolina, tells me she agrees with fellow RNC member Tom Fetzer's call for Michael Steele to step down as chairman.

"Leadership demands that when something is fundamentally wrong, we must stand up to it regardless of the support we may have," said Fisher. "The statements made by [Fetzer] are on point. Whether others in the RNC will have the courage to push past the bravado to the heart of the issues, which compelled me to do what I did in light of financial accountability and transparency concerns -- as well as the perception of many at the grass roots that they aren't being heard -- is something other RNC members will have to decide for themselves."

Fisher, who supported Katon Dawson over Steele in last year's RNC race, has been a persistent critic of the chairman. She called for him to step down a full 13 months ago, after a string of gaffes damaged his image.

"On this issue I back the NC GOP Chairman," said Fisher, "who, by the way, has been a supporter of Mr. Steele's."

By David Weigel  |  April 8, 2010; 9:45 PM ET
Categories:  Michael Steele , RNC  
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