Michael Steele Defends RNC Chairmanship, ‘Streetwise’ Style on GMA

April 5, 2010  |  

(HuffingtonPost.com) — Republican Party chairman Michael Steele defended his stewardship of party affairs Monday and dismissed criticism as the talk of GOP figures uncomfortable with his “streetwise” managerial style.

Asked in a nationally broadcast interview if he would step down in the face of criticism of the party’s financial management, Steele replied, “No.” He said some had been second-guessing him “since the day that I got the job.”

Steele, however, acknowledged controversy over the $2,000 the party spent recently for a party at a sex-themed Hollywood nightclub, but said that “when I first heard about this behavior, I was very angry.”

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