Steele puts money where mouth is
Who says Michael Steele has forgotten his roots?
With one eye on his campaign for chairman of the Republican National Committee, the former lieutenant governor came to Maryland this week to lend his name -- and his money -- to an effort to help the beleaguered Maryland Republican Party maintain its strength in the General Assembly.
Steele was the featured guest at a Monday fund-raiser at Savage Mill in Laurel for a slate committee of state Republican Senate candidates.
He did more than just speak. He pulled out his checkbook, and gave $6,000 to the committee. He made a further promise of $2,000 apiece to every Republican senator seeking re-election in 2010.
True, there's only 14 of them in the 47-member body. But the pledge was much appreciated by those there.
Steele's Maryland campaign account had a balace of $626,357 as of last January, the most recent reporting date. So he's got a little bit of wealth to spread these days.