Oh shit yo! A certain off-the-hook chairman of the equally hip Grand Old Party of old white men and former slave-owners is taking some heat for some questionable activities involving his lucrative side-venture moonlighting as a paid speaker while still charged with the very important task of continuously embarrassing his party as the super-savvy chairman and dopest youth liaison the RNC has ever seen.
What up wit dat?
Apparently, some people like every former Republican National Committee Chairman to ever come before him thinks that charging colleges upwards of $12,000 to hear Michael Steele spit some flow about why he's no ordinary 51-year-old cow-on-the-tracks chairman, while not technically illegal, is not exactly what they'd call eh, classy for the national face of the party.
Why they gotta hate on the man just for takin' care of his bizness, yo?
Man, these cats ain't playing neither, busting out at the Steele man just for rolling all phat and large. In the Washington Times, yo! That's like family, it ain't right!
- "Holy mackerel, I never heard of a chairman of either party ever taking money for speeches," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., RNC chairman under President Reagan and CEO of the American Gaming Association. "The job of a national chairman is to give speeches. That's what the national party pays him for. We didn't have a rule book back then, but being national chairman was and is a full-time job."
- "It just doesn’t look right using RNC resources and trading on the title of chairman to make outside money," said Rich Bond, another former Republican national chairman. "When I became chairman...There were no written rules about taking money back then. Still, I decided accepting the money would get me in trouble."
- "The job demands so much of your time that you can work 24/7 and not get everything done, so taking time out to speak for the benefit of one's own bank account is not appropriate," former RNC chairman and Veterans Affairs secretary under George W. Bush, Jim Nicholson said.
Good thing someone has his back, like RNC spokesperson Gail Gitcho:
"This is silly. Many Democrat and Republican national chairmen have regularly received outside income. Michael Steele has been giving inspirational speeches based on his personal story long before he was elected RNC chairman and will long after. Chairman Steele of course does not receive compensation for any speeches conducted in his duties as chairman. He is more than a full-time chairman, is in complete compliance with all RNC rules and regulations, and is wholly focused on growing the Republican Party."Awww, snap! Hear that y'all??
Ain't nothin' wrong wit being a baller, especially if your name is Michael "Balls of" Steele. Then you roll like the first-class travelin', all expenses paid, $20 G's a pop, $223,500-a-year RNC piiiiimp that you are.
Don't hate the playa, hate the game. For reals yo.