MSNBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reported live on Wednesday, April 14 from the National Action Network (NAN) conference about NLPC’s request that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele cancel his Thursday speech. Steele should have listened to us. According to the New York Daily News:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele embraced the Rev. Al Sharpton as a “strong leader” yesterday while comparing some in his own party to an elephant’s rear end.
Steele so far has weathered a recent controversy over RNC spending, including a $2,000 tab at a bondage-themed club in California, which upset fellow Republicans.
But his speech to a midtown gathering of Sharpton’s National Action Network could set off a new round of GOP head-scratching.
Though Sharpton has long been vilified by Republicans, Steele hailed him as a “friend.”
This came during the same week that Sharpton attacked Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in racially-charged terms. The NAN conference continues today and tomorrow. According to the conference program, RNC Director of Coalitions Angela Sailor is scheduled to speak tomorrow.