After reading various blogs concerning the newly appointed RNC chairman, it is quite obivious that the liberals/democrats assume that Michael Steele came out of 'nowhere' just like Obama did. The democrats/liberals have one example of a black man coming to power. He came out of nowhere and did nothing to get elected. I guess they just figured it was the same for all black men.
Unlike Obama, Steele has fought for everything he has earned in his life and he's been paying his dues for a long time. Hard work has paid off, and now he is the chairman of the RNC.
You know a good choice was made when the LMSM started to attack immediately. I just wonder how long it'll take people to start calling him 'Uncle Tom' or 'Chairman Token'. Let's not forget that before George Bush's administration, the highest ranking black to serve in the Executive Branch was the Sec. of Commerce.
Michael Steele's Accomplishments:
1. Michael Steele, who was adopted as an infant, was born at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Md., on Oct. 19, 1958.
2. He grew up in a family of Democrats. Steele credits his mother, Maebell, and Ronald Reagan with turning him toward the Republican Party. Reagan's pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps message recalled a trait Steele's mother exhibited after her first husband, Steele's father, died in 1962 of alcoholism-related liver disease. She refused to go on welfare. Instead, she went to work as a laundress earning minimum wage to support Michael and his sister.
3. One of the first in his family to go to college, he earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Steele also spent a few years at the Augustinian Friars Seminary at Villanova University, in preparation for the priesthood, before deciding instead on a career in civil service.
4. After graduating from law school in 1991, Steele joined Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, an international law firm, based in Washington, D.C. In 1997, he left and worked briefly at the Mills Corp., a real estate development firm based in Virginia, as in-house counsel. He then went out on his own, starting a consulting firm, the Steele Group.
5. Steele rose quickly in the Republican Party, beginning at the local level in Prince George's County as chair of the Prince George's County Republican Central Committee from 1994 to 2000. Then, he was elected chairman of the Maryland Republican Party in December 2000.
6. Steele was elected to statewide office in Maryland, taking office as lieutenant governor in January 2003.
7. In 2004, Steele was tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention.
8. When Sen. Paul Sarbanes, a Democrat, announced he would not seek re-election, several prominent Republicans, including President Bush, persuaded Steele to run for the Senate seat. In November 2006, Steele lost the election to Democrat Ben Cardin.
9. On Feb. 1, 2007, Steele was named the chairman of GOPAC, a political action committee working to elect Republicans to office (Newt Gingrich once held the same position).