Michael Steele: 'I Know Exactly How Caesar Felt'

Et tu, Reince?
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2011 3:02 PM CST
Michael Steele, in a file photo from November.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – So now that Michael Steele's tumultuous tenure as RNC chief is over, it's time to let bygones be bygones and get on with party unity, right? Maybe not yet. “I know exactly how Caesar felt," Steele tells the Frum Forum in reference to Reince Priebus, the newly elected RNC leader. Steele thinks Priebus, formerly the group's general counsel, betrayed him by running. “I trust my friends," he says. "Well, I guess the adage is right. In Washington, you should get a dog."

For those worried about missing out on Steele's pronouncements, take heart: He'd like to stay in the spotlight. “Doin’ some TV here and there ... (and) there’s a presidential cycle coming up. I plan to play in that a little bit. Maybe a lot.” He wishes he "could have slapped some folks upside the head more when I had the title and the job." But "now maybe I get to do that a little bit more.”

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