Steele Urges Republicans to Be More Accepting, But Not Necessarily When It Comes to Bloomberg

Michael Steele, chairman of Republican National Committee, met with Michael Bloomberg at a private reception in midtown yesterday afternoon, then walked outside and told reporters he’s not getting involved in the mayor’s race.
“We don’t endorse at this level. We focus on what the leadership here in the state and county and local level, what they do, because they’re closest to the ground,” said Steele. “They know all the circumstances, the realities, the ups and downs of it. So, I tend to trust their judgment.”
When asked about Bloomberg leaving the Republican Party, Steele said, “Well, it always bothers me when someone leaves the party.