Steele on WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” was unsparing in his criticism of the man who served as the RNC’s general counsel while he was chairman, accusing Priebus of exaggerating the financial straits of the GOP when he took over in 2011.
“The bottom line: Reince Priebus was my right hand,” Steele said. “I mean, what annoys the heck out of me is that for two years Reince Priebus was in every room I was in, a part of every major decision I made for how much money we would spend, what we would spend that money on, what the priorities of the RNC would be.”
Steele said Priebus approved of his plan to go into $20 million in debt to help win the 2010 elections, where Republicans retook control of the House and made huge gains in state legislatures and governors’ offices.
“For him to sit there and act like he had nothing to do with it and that somehow he inherited this mess that he helped create, to me is just pure B.S.,” Steele said. “I kept my mouth shut for two years because, hey, I’m a party guy. But you know what, at the end of the day, you say to yourself, ‘they’re dumping on you, they’re crapping on your legacy, they’re giving you crap for stuff that they didn’t want to do in the first place.’”
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