Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Frederick Douglass Foundation Supports Chairman Michael Steele

November, 12 2010
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WASHINGTON, DC - Timothy F. Johnson, Chairman and Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, formally endorses and encourages the re-election of RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

While there are many who are quick to cite the challenges Chairman Steele has had leading the Republican National Committee, those same individuals aren't as fast to give him credit for the numerous victories the Republican Party have achieved during his reign, as Chairman, to include winning back the US House of Representatives. Furthermore, we find it interesting to read today that Mr. Saul Anuzis, who served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, ran for RNC Chairman in 2008 and served on Chairman Steele's transition team now believes he deserve an opportunity to be elected RNC Chairman, as we prepare to go up against President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign machine.

We may not have a vote, but we believe the 165 members of the RNC will respond positively when they hear their constituents in their respective states voice their support for the re-election of Chairman Steele.

For the record, we would like to provide the following information:
  • Saul Was A Teamster. "He is a completely partisan Republican, who grew up in a working-class family in Detroit, was a member of the Teamsters in college and assumed his political identity when he realized Ted Kennedy might win the Democratic nomination for president in 1980." (Dawson Bell, "From Beer to Blogging; Michigan GOP Chairman Relishes the Game of Politics," Detroit Free Press, 2/19/2008)

In Response To His Quote: "We will only win in 2012 if the Chairman of the RNC steps out of the limelight and allows our elected officials and presidential candidates to be the face, voice, and agenda setter for Republicans."

  • Yet, In 08, He Believed It Was The Role Of The Chairman To Be In The Limelight When Republicans Are Out Of Power. "He says he understands. The role of the party chairman is different when the governor's office is occupied by a member of the opposing party, Anuzis says. Everybody in the governor's party agrees with her, he said. But when the governor is of the other party, the out-of-power chairman's job is to disagree with the governor. (Dawson Bell, "From Beer to Blogging; Michigan GOP Chairman Relishes the Game of Politics," Detroit Free Press, 2/19/2008)

Began Coast to Coast Telecommunications in 1992 and sold company in 2000; in 2001, began Quick Connect USA. allas-based Allegiance Telecom Inc. has purchased Clarkston-based Coast to Coast Telecommunications Inc.

  • Saul Paid Quick Connect $85,000 His First Year As Chairman. "In a letter to media, Zandstra details that since Anuzis became chairman in February of last year the party has paid $85,000 to Quick Connect USA. "The conflict of interest is obvious," Zandstra writes. In addition, Zandstra claims, Anuzis hired staff members from Sterling Corp. consulting firm in Lansing, a group that did work for his run for state party chairman in 2004. The state party has paid Sterling $1.7 million this year, Zandstra writes." ("GOP Chair Accused of Conflict of Interest; Complaint from Ex-Candidate 'a Cheap Shot,' Anuzis says," Grand Rapids Press, 11/17/2006)
  • Peter Hoekstra Believed A Change Needed To Be Made With Saul At The Helm In Order To Regain The Majority In MI. "Recently, U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Holland, said he believes the party needs a change of leadership, both at the state and national level, "to effectively develop the strategy to refocus on ideas and solutions to regain the majority." ("GOP Chair Accused of Conflict of Interest; Complaint from Ex-Candidate 'a Cheap Shot,' Anuzis says," Grand Rapids Press, 11/17/2006)
  • Saul Claims Abortion Issue Will Hurt Party, Republican Should Just Drop The Issue. "Then, in a statewide public TV appearance, Zandstra told this story about getting a call from the chairman weeks ago: Zandstra was banging hard on his support for the ban on affirmative action and another amendment to declare life begins at conception. In the "conversation," Zandstra claims Anuzis wanted nothing to do with either issue because it could hurt the party. He claims that Anuzis told him, "You could win the primary but you cannot beat (incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow with those issues." Zandstra further contends the chairman asked him to cool his jets on the issues - or get out of the race." (Tim Skubick, "GOP Leader, Hopeful Sparring," Lansing State Journal, 6/2/2006)
We do not have a personal agenda against Mr. Anuzis. We simply want to make it clear, as others prodder entering the race against Chairman Michael Steele, that we have drown the line and picked the person we believe is in the best position to lead the Republican National Committee and win back the White House during the 2012 elections. Chairman Steele has proven his ability to overcome personal adversity and lead the Party to overwhelming victories. There is no other choice!

The Frederick Douglass Foundation is a public policy and educational organization which brings the sanctity of free market and limited government ideas to bear on the hardest problems facing our nation. We are a collection of pro-active individuals committed to developing innovative and new approaches to today's problems with the assistance of elected officials, scholars from universities and colleges and community activists. For more information, visit

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