CNN’s right-wing pundit retracts call for Steele’s resignation

By Gavin Dahl
Monday, April 19, 2010 23:01 EDT
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April has been a rough month for CNN’s new right-wing commentator Erick Erickson. A media frenzy circled around his warning that if census workers showed up at his door he would scare them off with a shotgun.

The latest tricky situation emerged Monday after Erickson called for the removal of RNC chairman Michael Steele, then reversed course, editing his original blog entry on RedState.com to reflect his retraction.

It all started when Erickson mistakenly got the impression RNC funds were spent to co-sponsor Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention. Steele made an appearance at the event.

“This is a flat out misappropriation of funds — a gross misappropriation of funds,” he wrote. “One wonders the reaction if donors were told their hard earned dollars that they sent to the RNC to help elect Republicans were instead flowing to Al Sharpton.”

Next he turned the focus of his post to Steele.

“I have no faith in Michael Steele to lead the Republican Party. He knows and I know it would be a bloody fight to remove him and he’d just hurl the race card with impunity. I maintain my prior position that I am not in favor of forcing Steele out because of the cost in blood, sweat, tears, and money when we should be working to get Republicans elected. But Michael Steele must go. Surely there is someone who can force this man from office quietly.”

While it is clear many in the press over-reacted to his shotgun remark when a man fired a warning shot at an actual census worker in an unrelated incident, it would seem his true feelings about Michael Steele have now been revealed. If you visit the Red State blog post now, you’ll find all this content crossed out.

Screen grab from RedState.com taken at 10:40pm on 4/19/10

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