Michael Steele, the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, is less than thrilled with the current head of the RNC, Reince Priebus. Priebus came to power by beating Steele in the 2011 RNC chair election after Steele helped lead the Republican Party in taking back the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm election. Priebus, meanwhile, oversaw the Republicans losing 2012 elections in the Senate and an inferior infrastructure in the presidential election. Now Steele is accusing Priebus of “crapping” on Steele’s legacy.
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele continued to feud with his successor Reince Priebus on Tuesday, accusing the current chairman of “crapping” on his legacy.
“I kept my mouth shut for two years because, hey, I’m a party guy,” Steele said on WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall.“ “But you know what, at the end of the day, you say to yourself, they’re dumping on you, they’re crapping on your legacy, they’re giving you crap for stuff that they didn’t want to do in the first place — coalitions, expanding media, social media networks.”
The conflict started on the pretext of financial disputes but quickly shifted to the real issue – the Republican Party’s failure in the 2012 elections. Steele took particular schadenfreude issue with the now famous Republican Autopsy Report. Doing some crapping of his own by claiming the report was frivolous and obvious.
Steele was also critical of a report Priebus commissioned on the party’s recent electoral failures, which determined that “drastic changes to almost every major element of the modern Republican Party” are necessary if the GOP hopes to remain competitive.
Priebus outlined a 219-point plan aimed at revamping the party’s image, electoral strategy and policy emphasis.
“So let me get this straight,” Steele said. “You spend $10 million dollars to find out that we have a problem? Hello? You know? Don’t get me started.”
With poor results in 2012 and little signs of progress for the party it might not be too long before Priebus joins Steele on the sidelines.