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RNC Political Chair: I Quit, and We’re Broke

In a bombshell letter to his boss, Michael Steele, and other GOP brass, Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins quit yesterday — and lambasted the committee for squandering its resources and failing to raise money on a par with previous years. “The RNC has a uniquely impactful role to play in American elections, and
therefore in putting America back on the right track,” wrote Collins. “Sadly, if left on its current path, the RNC will not be a productive force in the 2012 campaign to deny President Obama a second term, retain our House majority, and elect a Senate majority.” According to the former director, as many strides as Republicans made during the 2010 election, they were nothing compared to what could have been, had the RNC had more money to spend (Collins estimates there were up to 21 additional House seats that could have been in play had the funds been in place).

Fund-raising costs were higher per dollar this time around, Collins added, and too much RNC money was spent on projects other than winning elections. What’s more, the committee is going into the crucial start of 2011 in the hole:

Democrats: Take comfort — your losses could have been a lot worse if the Republicans had gotten their shit together in time. Or, wait, is that no comfort at all?

Top Republican Official, Breaking With Party Chairman, Resigns [NYT]

RNC Political Chair: I Quit, and We’re Broke