Site Map Asked what efforts he's undertaking to include minorities in the Republican Party, Michael Steele, the party's new chairman, replies, "My plan is to say, 'Y'all come, because a lot of you are already here.'" He adds laughing, "I got the fried chicken and potato salad, OK."Seriously, Steele, the first African American chairman of the national GOP adds, "the goal of this party has been, from its inception, about inclusion."
Steele made the remarks in Illinois on July 8 to citizen journalist Cameron Cowan, a contributor to MileHive.com, a sister site to dscriber.com.
written by Alice Paul Fort Collins , July 20, 2009
congrats on getting some face time with Steele and asking him an important question about representation in the Republican party. You even got in a shout out to the MileHive! I'm also glad you included his full answer on your video blog posting. One advantage of citizen journalism is that you need not be bound by the conventions of sensationalism that have both hobbled political reporting and hastened the demise of so many great newspapers. Consequently, I was disappointed by your decision to overplay Steele's joke in your headline. I'm not defending the joke--it exhibited poor humor and poor taste. But, like David Letterman's now infamous joke about Sarah Palin's daughter and Alex Rodriguez, the joke is neither characteristic of the broader statement that surrounded it, nor is it necessarily representative of the speaker's true beliefs. Steele has proven himself to be a less than stellar advocate for the Republican Party--but that's not news. Reflecting on the Republican Party's record in representing diverse constituencies--and their plans for balancing a "big tent" philosophy with a narrowly-focused record on social issues--would be something else entirely.
written by Mike , July 22, 2009
I was wondering, was it you that said to Steele, "I'll bring the collard greens" just before he made his joke?
It sounds like you, so I was wondering...
written by C. Cowan , July 26, 2009
Yes the collard greens comment is my own.....thanks! The headline for this video is not my own it is the Editor's. And, the Huffington Post and Politico.com both put almost the same headline. For what its worth.
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