RNC Chairman Michael Steele gives up the purse strings at the RNC to the powers that be of the RNC. In other words, Steele is just a token chairman.
Capitulating to critics on the Republican National Committee, embattled Republican Party Chairman Michael S. Steele has signed a secret pact agreeing to controls and restraints on how he spends hundreds of millions of dollars in party funds and contracts, The Washington Times has learned.
The "good governance" agreement revives checks and balances Mr. Steele resisted implementing for RNC contracts, fees for legal work and other expenditures that were not renewed after the 2008 presidential nominating contest.
The agreement, proposed by several current and former RNC officials, goes further, making 33-year RNC veteran Jay Banning, who was fired by Mr. Steele along with his deputy last month, an on-call adviser to the RNC treasurer. Mr. Banning was seen as a trusted liaison to RNC members critical of Mr. Steele's tenure and financial management.
"I regard them - the Steele administration - bound by it," former Republican National Committee General Counsel David Norcross told The Times on Tuesday.
Mr. Norcross, RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, and former party budget chiefs Ron Kaufman and Alec Poitevint had fought with Mr. Steele over having the 168-member committee vote on restoring the "good governance" guidelines created in 2004 at a special May 20 meeting.
Trevor Francis, the RNC's new communications director, would not comment on the agreement that several of the dissident members said was reached.
"Everything was already in place," Mr. Francis said.
To be honest, Steele was already a shaky figure when it comes to his own financing of his various elections. Whatever the issue, this is unprecedented and makes Michael Steele nothing more and nothing less than a TOKEN HEAD FIGURE at the RNC.
My thing is this, "How long will he last?" My answer to myself, "I don't think very long."
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