CPA Communications Director Ian Walters raised eyebrows at this year's conference after giving the job to former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Friday night for being "black."
"We've chosen Mike Steele as the new president of the RNC chair because he's a black guy, that was the wrong thing," Walters said at the exclusive Ronald Reagan dinner. Many participants welcomed the comments with gasps.
The comments were first reported by Jon Levine in TheWrap on Twitter.
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Walters' statement he moved to Twitter, where he was convicted by two parties Steele had joined the CPAC on Friday mixed and was at the time when Walters spoke, right in front of the Dinner Hall.
Steele told TheWrap Saturday that he first became aware of these comments and that it showed how much work his party had to do to court minority voters.
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The story was made by MSNBC – where Steele works as a contributor. During a phone call with Joy Reid on Friday, he continued talking about his current feelings.
"Very disappointed, surprised that the people who are still in the party feel that way and look at the posts that someone at the party would make to the prism of the race." It's unfortunate. "It's stupid is immature, "he said. "I hope it's not a reflection of the CPAC leadership."
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Steele called "AM Joy" Saturday morning, where host Joy Reid asked him, "Do you think the Republican Party has a racism problem? "
" Yes, they do, and I think we have to be honest and acknowledge it, "Steele said. "People are sitting here saying this has nothing to do with race, yes, if you're standing on a pedestal and running openly like Ian, and that's okay, let's just confirm that, I'm not saying that you're racist I say you have a problem talking about the race and making expressions that are often not only insensitive but downright racist, and the party is not so. "
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The moment lays a cloud over a fiery, but mostly smooth 2018 CPAC has seen speeches from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. In a tweeted reply, Walters said he had talked to Steele and apologized.
"I talked to Mike Steele and apologized because the words I used did not conquer my heart," Steele told Reid, saying the apology was not enough
"I just said, you know that is not acceptable, it is not enough, "said Steele TheWrap.
It is unclear whether Walters will have any consequences for the Snafu.
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