The latest, on the record, inkling of that story come in a piece yesterday by Life News, which raised doubts about Steele's working relationship with Christine Todd Whitman on the Republican Leadership Council.
The article says:
The RLC was formed for the express purpose of electing pro-abortion Republicans and GOP candidates who may be pro-life but don't emphasize abortion as much as the rest of the party. Its web site lists Steele as a co-founder along with Whitman. Parro says the RLC sent a letter to its donors weeks before the 2008 presidential election requesting funds to put fiscally conservative, "socially tolerant" Republicans in office. Parro says the phrase is "code" for pro-abortion Republicans.
I am told that Steele resigned from the RLC in July 2008 because he was "dispirited" with the group. If that's true the RLC "socially tolerant" letter can't be tied to Steele. It was sent months after he left.His name, however, is still listed on the RLC website, but I am told the RLC has not complied with his requests to have it removed.
At least one woman is angry at the accusations Steele isn't sufficiently pro-life. Maryland Republican National Committee Chairman Joyce Lyons Tehres wrote a letter to fellow RNC members defending Steele yesterday.
"Some of Michael's opponents in the race for RNC Chairman have started an anonymous mudslinging campaign," she wrote. "You've probably seen the emails. They claim Michael is not as pro-life as he needs to be. Well as someone who has known Michael for almost 20 years I can tell you these charges are absolutely false."
Tehres attached the National Right to Life's endorsement of Steele for his 2006 senatorial race with the letter to her colleagues.