This is cross-posted at Leaving My Marc.
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I’m guessing expenditures on faux lesbian bondage-themed strip clubs by the Republican National Committee will not sit well with social conservatives and potential Republican donors. What’s most surprising is the “lack of vocal opposition to Steele” amongst Republicans, notes the Washington Post.
Steele has come under fire recently for a recent expenditure used to take several donors to an adult-themed strip club, to the tune of $2K. Steele is also under fire for other “lavish” spending — $17K for private planes, $13K for limos and car service and $9K for a trip to a Beverly Hills Hotel. A former Republican opponent of Steele had a warning for Republicans:
Katon Dawson, a South Carolina Republican who lost to Steele in the contest for the RNC chairmanship, said in an interview that the committee needs to demonstrate fiscal responsibility at a time when the party is attacking Democrats on spending issues.
It’s funny how Republicans are so concerned with out of control spending in Washington. If this proves anything, it is that Republicans are still being Republicans. After all, wasn’t it the Democrats who handed the Republicans a $900 billion budget surplus only to have it squandered, through out of control deficit spending, and turned it into an $11 trillion deficit? They also voted against a health care reform bill that will reduce the deficit by over $1 trillion over the next 20-years.
Regardless of the extravagant spending by Steele, including a trip to a bondage-themed strip club, Republicans appear to have his back.
“Republicans are sticking together to get back the majority and are willing to sweep family problems under the rug,” said Ron Bonjean, a former top House GOP staffer.
This is the same attitude that Republicans had when they got us into our current fiscal mess, which President Obama and Congressional Democrats have been fixing ever since regaining control. The Republicans haven’t seemed to learn their lesson. Haven’t Republicans swept enough “problems under the rug” and on the backs of future generations of Americans? Americans have a choice come November: vote for Republicans who will continue to “sweep problems under the rug” and hope that they go away or vote for Democrats who will deal directly with the problems our nation faces, while continuing to fight for middle-class families and small businesses.
My vote goes to the Democrats!
UPDATE: According to CNN, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, issued the following statement on the RNCs strip club expenditure:
I’ve hinted at this before, but now I am saying it – don’t give money to the RNC.
Penny Nance, the head of Conservative Women for America, also issued the following statement:
If the RNC wants to represent conservatives and the Republican Party, then they have to act like conservatives – in a moral, fiscal and ethical manner. When RNC officials seem to think it wise to spend a grandmother’s monthly donation on wooing the younger generation by taking them to a bondage-themed sex club instead of helping to elect a conservative, a real problem exists.
I’d say all of this doesn’t bold well for Republicans and presents serious challenges in their efforts to win back control of Congress in November. All I can say is “Go Steele!”