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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Another day, another person flees the Steele camapign

The Steele campaign in action

Steele campaign official resigns
Communications chief is 2nd top aide to leave
By Jennifer Skalka
Sun reporter
Originally published February 18, 2006

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele lost his communications director this week, marking the second top-level staffer to leave his U.S. Senate campaign since the beginning of the year.

Leonardo Alcivar, who served since October as Steele's spokesman, resigned Wednesday.

A veteran of New York politics who worked for Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Alcivar was a much-heralded addition to Steele's team, helping launch the lieutenant governor's campaign.

The latest departure comes just a week after Steele, a Republican, offended an audience of Baltimore Jewish leaders when he compared embryonic stem cell research to the experiments of Nazi doctors, a statement that made national news and prompted a swift apology from Steele.

"This is not evidence of a sinking ship or disarray," said Dan Ronayne, press secretary for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "This is February in a campaign. There's going to be some changes made at the staff level. This is common."


Before joining the Steele campaign, Shafer was hired by Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, a Maryland native, to be Northeast regional political director. Alcivar was a spokesman for the 2004 Republican National Convention.

"It looks like it's time for Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman to go to Plan B," said Oren Shur, a spokesman for Democrat Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's Senate campaign.

Democrats, among others, have criticized Steele, saying he is not running a substantive campaign.

They say he has dodged questions about his position on the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as a range of state matters from a minimum-wage increase to gay marriage.

"It's hard being the communications guy when there's nothing to talk about," said Derek Walker, executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party. "Lenny was asked to leave for making the radical suggestion that Steele take a position on the issues."

"There's probably some re- assessment going on," Gimpel said. "It looks like it's still a competitive election and one that he could win, but only if the right team is in place."

Bwaaaah. Good. The bastard lied about me, so I'm not upset he's gone.

But Steele doesn't get it yet. There are people who desperately want him to lose. He's a polarizing figure and if he thinks he can sneak by, he's crazy. They are waiting to jump all in his shit. But then given his general level of idiocy, I'd keep his mouth shut as well.

Comparing stem-cell research to the Holocaust in a room full of survivors. Jesus, I couldn't make that up. Wait until he insults black people. People are waiting for that. And he'll do it. He needs to convince people he can do the job and he's far away from doing that.

posted by Steve @ 1:05:00 AM

1:05:00 AM

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