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Michael Steele and Reince Preibus Judged by Different Standards

Reince Preibus (Win McNamee/Getty Images); Michael Steele (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)
Reince Preibus (Win McNamee/Getty Images); Michael Steele (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

In a piece for Ebony, Michael Arceneaux sheds light on former Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele's problem with his successor. Arceneaux describes and sympathizes with Steele's frustration that Reince Priebus is not being taken to task for once supporting some of Steele's unpopular decisions.  

Two months ago, Steele gave an interview in which he blasted Preibus for feigning aloofness over his own actions as RNC chair.

"Reince Priebus was my right hand," Steele told host Larry O'Connor. "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 went on to say that Preibus not only had a hand in the decision-making progress, but that "he recommended to me to go into debt."

I'd rather take a hammer to my finger than ever vote for a Republican, but I can't help but notice there's a bit of a double standard here when it comes to the reactions Michael Steele had with his successes as RNC chair, and Reince Preibus, his losses.


Read Michael Arceneaux's entire piece at Ebony.com.

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Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter.

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