Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele — often at odds with conservatives in his party — is now onboard as a new hire with MSNBC, a liberal network known as a reliable Democrat mouthpiece.
Steele has appeared as frequent MSNBC guest, but will now be seen as a regular on the full programming lineup as part of the network’s analysts and contributors.
“It’s an honor to contribute and engage in the dialogue on MSNBC,” Steele said. “I look forward to engaging a diverse audience to share insights and analysis about the people, issues, and events shaping America’s future.”
“Diverse audience?” Steele must also be angling for a comedy slot alongside cackling Rachel Maddow, if this gig doesn’t pan out.
Steele’s tenure as RNC chairman was marred by his bouts with party officers over control of the GOP’s purse strings. He blasted members for pushing a plan for implementation of new checks and balances on the chairman’s spending powers, accusing them of a power grab “scheme.”
Steele, failing at his attempt to maintain his leadership post, was replaced as RNC chairman by Wisconsin GOP party chief Reince Priebus in January.