Rudy, Newt Back Steele

But calls for RNC chairman's resignation are mounting
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2010 7:45 AM CDT
Rudy, Newt Back Steele
Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, addresses the general assembly session of RNC's winter meetings being held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Jan. 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

With the cries for Michael Steele’s resignation growing ever louder, two notable allies jumped to his defense yesterday. Rudy Guiliani told CNN last night that Steele “should remain exactly where he is,” noting that Republicans had won elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts on his watch. Newt Gingrich meanwhile told NBC that Steele is “capable of taking us through the midterm elections,” and suggested appointing “a respected outside authority to review everything.”

But the pressure is mounting on Steele reports CNN. Top GOP strategist Alex Castellanos went on CNN after Guiliani to call for the chairman’s resignation, saying he’d stopped serving as an informal adviser to him because “I lost my ability to be of service to the RNC.” Elsewhere, RNC member Sean Mahoney resigned his position in protest, accusing Steele of having a “reckless disregard” for donor money. (More Michael Steele stories.)

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