The Michael Steele wing of the Republican Party has opened up a family-size can of worms.
Via the New York Times The Caucus blog:
R.N.C. Dismisses Aide Over Outing to Club
A Republican Party spokesman said Monday evening that a staff member has been dismissed following a February outing to a risqué Hollywood nightclub, where a party donor submitted a $2,000 tab and asked for reimbursement from the Republican National Committee.
The backstory, compliments of the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank:
So this must be what Michael Steele meant when he promised an “off the hook” PR campaign for the Republican National Committee.
In its February financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission, the RNC itemized its disbursements for the month, including:
$53.99 to Staples in Bismarck, N.D., for office supplies.
$123.17 to the Courtyard hotel in Lansing, Mich., for lodging.
$282.01 to Hertz in Dallas for car rental.
$1,946.25 to Voyeur in West Hollywood for, uh, meals.
Meals, huh? And quite a menu they have at Voyeur, according to write-ups in the Los Angeles Times about the new club:
“Impromptu bondage and S&M ‘scenes’ being played out on an elevated platform by scantily clad performers throughout the night.”
Impromptu bondage is what the GOP also apparently wants to perpetrate on Capitol Hill.
We’ll see how both play out.