N.C. Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer is calling for Michael Steele, the embattled Republican National Committee chairman, to resign.
"I believe that the best service you can render to your party at this critical juncture is to graciously step aside and allow the party to move on from this current quagmire," Fetzer said in a "Dear Michael" letter to Steele dated Thursday, Rob Christensen reports.
Fetzer is apparently the first state GOP chairman in the country to publicly call for Steele's resignation.
Steele has been the subject of a string of gaffes and missteps including $2,000 paid by a an RNC staffer at a bondage club in Hollywood. In another embarrassment, a recent GOP fund raising letter directed donors to call a number belonging to a phone sex operation.
Some donors have threatened to withhold funding to the GOP because of the mishaps under Steele.
When Fetzer and Steele appeared together at a press conference in Greensboro last month all was friendliness, with Steele kidding about Fetzer's impending fatherhood and Fetzer noting that Steele has a son enrolled at nearby Elon University.
"I have prayed for you and hurt with you these last few weeks," Fetzer wrote in the letter. "Some of the criticism directed at you has been deserved, some of it hasn't, but no one could criticize you for lack or effort or enthusiasm."
But Fetzer wrote that Steele's position was "becoming increasingly untenable."
"More than ever, America needs the Republican Party to be a force for reform, transparency, and ethics in government," Fetzer wrote. "If we are going to be an effective agent for reform in America, we must first reform our party."
Chairman Michael Steele.pdf