Controversy continues to swirl around Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele because of statements he made here in Connecticut. But thanks in large part to support from the state’s three committee members and those from other New England states, Steele is likely to remain in office.
Steele has taken heat for comments made about the war in Afghanistan. “This was a war of Obama’s choosing…This is not something the United States actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in,” he said at a fundraiser in Groton, July 1st.
That didn’t sit well with GOP big shots Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who slammed Steele for the comments which McCain called “wildly inaccurate” and Graham said it was “uninformed, unnecessary, unwise, untimely,” while follow Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina said Steele should apologize to the military.
Steele has stepped back from his original comments by emphasizing his support for the war. “The stakes are too high for us to accept anything but success in Afghanistan,” Steele said in a statement intended to clarify his controversial comments.
However, the Boston Globe has reported that a vast majority of the 17 New England members of the Republican National Committee supports Steele. Connecticut GOP Party Chairman Chris Healy tells The Shad that all three committee members (Healy, John Frey and Patricia Longo) from The Nutmeg State are firmly behind Steele.
“We’re supportive. He’s done his job,” Healy said. He added he was satisfied with Steele’s clarification of his comments. Healy toured the state with Steele the day Steele made the controversial comments.