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Conservatives Launch ‘Anybody But Steele’ Campaign

Conservative members of the Republican National Committee have launched a campaign – “Anybody But Steele” – to oust the organization’s incumbent chairman Michael Steele. The group is gathering pledges from members saying they won’t vote for Steele. And these conservative members are trying to convince the other candidates not to strike a deal that would put the incumbent back in the top position.

According to Politico, the situation touched off an e-mail exchange about how the campaign could be perceived because Steele is African American.

“Concern has been expressed among members of the Caucus that these two anti-Steele pledges/resolutions could be viewed as hateful toward Chairman Steele — regardless of what benign names they may be given,” wrote Steele supporter and Idaho GOP chairman Norm Semanko.

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Robert Gibbs Takes Dig At RNC Chairman Michael Steele

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs couldn’t help but to take a dig at Republic National Committee Chairman Michael Steele yesterday.

Steele told Good Morning America that he, and President Obama are judged harder by the public because of their race.

Steele is taking heat after news of the RNC paying for a 2,000 trip to a strip club and a top RNC fundraiser leaving his post.

Said Gibbs:

That’s a fairly silly comment to make…I think Michael Steele‘s problem isn’t the race card, it’s the credit card.

There you have it, folks. The seven o’clock show is completely different than the nine o’clock show. Two drink minimum always applies.

RNC Comms. Director Makes Media Rounds To Defend $2k Strip Club Bill

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly grilled Republic National Committee Communications Director Doug Heye today after reports surfaced that the RNC spent almost $2,000 at “Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.”

“[RNC Chairman] Michael Steele was not there, he didn’t know about it, he wouldn’t have known about it…This is a charge that is absolutely unacceptable” said Heye, adding that the money will be paid back. Heye was hired by the RNC in February.

RNC Names Doug Heye Communications Director

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Doug Heye will be the next Communications Director for the Republican National Committee, the National Journal reports.

The position had been vacant since Trevor Francis was reportedly pushed out in late November.

Heyes worked with RNC chair Michael Steele during his run against Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) in 2006.

RNC Comm. Director Trevor Francis Stepping Down

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Republican National Committee communications director Trevor Francis is leaving the organization, reports the Washington Post. Reporter Chris Cillizza called the move, “an odd mid-cycle departure that suggests some level of turmoil within the GOP’s chief campaign committee.”

Francis previously was Managing Director in the Media Practice at Burson-Marsteller.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele is a bit of a “free agent” when it comes to speaking with the media and it’s been hard for Francis to rein him in. Sources told the Post this was part of the reason Francis decided to leave.

GOP Continues Social Media Push

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How much of a role did social media play in powering Barack Obama to the presidency? The topic is still being debated. Regardless, Republicans have upped their efforts in the social space, hiring new media managers and building social networks.

The GOP has also formed a “New Media Caucus.” Ryan Walker, chief of staff for Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), a founding member of the New Media Caucus, told The Hill, “[Latta] saw a void in our own offices communication after the Obama campaign …and we’ve been running with it ever since…It’s been easier than I thought to get people on board.”

Of course, like many learning the ropes in social media, the GOP hasn’t been without their stumbles – one of which being party Chairman’s Michael Steele‘s “much ridiculed” blog, “What Up.”