McConnell: Steele Will Move Past Early Mistakes

Posted March 13, 2009 at 12:17pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday declined to criticize Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, saying he believes the embattled chairman will eventually right his foundering ship.Speaking to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, McConnell said that while Steele has had a difficult early start as RNC chairman, he believes the former Maryland lieutenant governor’s fortunes will change. Steele has come under a firestorm of criticism in recent weeks, including a public spat with conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and over recent comments suggesting in a GQ article that abortion is an “individual choice.—But McConnell said he believes Steele will survive the early missteps. “I think it’s safe to say that Michael Steele has gotten off to a rough start, but we think he’ll hit his stride soon,— he said.