REPORT: CPAC’s Schlapp, ex-RNC Chairman Steele have tense exchange over racial comment

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Tensions ran high between of establishment Republicans on Saturday over why the RNC hired a black man to be its head man.

According to Fox News, former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Steele on Saturday challenged CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp over a group spokesman’s suggestion that Steele was appointed to lead the RNC only because he is black, and Schlapp’s response.

The exchange occurred on a Sirius XM radio show amid the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, in Washington, D.C., and one day after CPAC Communications Director Ian Walters said: “We elected Mike Steele as chairman because he was a black guy. That was the wrong thing to do.”

Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, apologized for the situation and said he loved Steele and considered him a friend. However, Steele took issue with Schlapp saying that he wasn’t going to “separate himself from Ian.”

Schlapp, called the comments by Walters as “unfortunate”, which is turn upset Steele even more.  He said, “Do you realize how this sounds to the black community?”

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