O'Malley, Alonso slam Steele
Looks like the folks at Frederick Douglass were not amused about being held up by RNC Chairman Michael Steele as the poster children for urban eduational disfunction. Baltimore Schools CEO Andres Alonso and Gov. Martin O'Malley, who happened to be at the school for a town hall meeting last night, demanded an apology. Steele's comments in a CNN interview struck a particular chord, since he had been to the school three years before and promised a personal effort to improve the place. So far as anyone can tell, he hasn't been back since.
"I don't think Michael Steele has been here since he came in an election year to demagogue, kick around our children," O'Malley said last night before his town hall meeting at Douglass on education and the economy.
In the scheme of the criticism Steele is facing these days, ticking off some Democrats in Baltimore doesn't quite register on the same scale as going toe-to-toe with Rush Limbaugh and blinking. But if party members continue to grumble about their new chairman, this could fit into a narrative about a guy who's a little too glib for his own good.