Who is he kidding?
Michael Steele, you ever see
Well, I'm coming to see you tonight
with some friends.
GOP candidate says criticism was a joke
By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press Writer Wed Jul 26, 7:18 PM ET
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele on Wednesday called
President Bush his "homeboy," reversed course on having the president campaign for him and said he was joking when he described his Republican affiliation as a scarlet letter.
The Maryland lieutenant governor, under fire for his comments, told WBAL radio that his remarks were supposed to be off the record with a handful of reporters. Instead, Steele's campaign confirmed Tuesday that he was the unnamed Senate candidate who had assailed the Bush administration and Republican-controlled Congress in a story in The Washington Post.
"I've been quoted as calling the president my homeboy, you know. And that's how I feel. ... It's a term of affection and respect for his leadership of our country in a difficult time," Steele, who is black, said in the radio interview.
Steele also said he probably wouldn't want Bush campaigning for him in Maryland and that he considers his party affiliation a scarlet letter. The White House said Wednesday that Bush still is backing Steele in his Senate race.
Steele said Wednesday: "If the president wanted to come and help me in Maryland, he is more than welcome, because I'm not going to turn my back on a friend. I'm not gonna do that."
In the radio interview, Steele said he has been campaigning and traveling, and in the process getting a different perspective.
"We want to be very, very clear that I'm not trying to 'dis' the president. I'm not trying to distance myself from the president. I'm trying to show those lines where, you know what, I have a different perspective," he said.
Asked about the scarlet letter remark, Steele said: "So I was making a joke about the fact that in this political climate, in Maryland, being a Republican is like wearing a scarlet letter. That's all it is."
At the White House, Bush spokesman Tony Snow said the president understands what politics is about, "and he wants Michael Steele to be elected as senator."
Snow declined to say how the president responded when told what Steele had said. "I could, but I won't," Snow said. But he remarked dryly, "I think the comments have come to his attention."
Steele also told the listeners of "The Chip Franklin Show" that he made positive comments about Bush during the meeting that weren't reported, noting that unemployment among blacks is down and black homeownership is up.
He also said his independence makes him best suited for the job.
"The president doesn't want a sycophant in the United States Senate. He wants an honest broker for the people of Maryland. He doesn't want a 'yes' man. He wants someone who's going to be genuine in his approach to solving the problems. And that's me," Steele said.
In Maryland, Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich said Wednesday that Steele's independent streak makes him a good candidate.
"He speaks his mind. He's always going to speak his mind, which is why we have such a strong friendship," said Ehrlich, who faces a tough re-election this November. He added, "He's running a great campaign."
Asked whether he agreed with Steele, Ehrlich said, "I'm not going to get into any of that."
This is just embarassing
He got talked to, quickly.
I can guess how Bush reacted
"Karl, you get that black motherfucker on the phone and tell him what be better do to get another fucking dime from us. Fuck him. What does he know, he's a fucking Lt. Gov."
But this just shows how little character Steele has. He's just an embarssment, not just to the race, but to politics. Mfume or Cardin would eat him alive in a debate.
I'd be embarassed, if he wasn't a nitwit.
posted by Steve @ 1:48:00 AM