Michael Steele Urges NAACP to Consider GOP an Ally

Washington Post (New York)--Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele stopped by the NAACP convention today to press the civil rights organization to consider his party an ally.

The NAACP's relationship with the GOP has been strained for many years. Steele, the first African-American to lead the Republican party, said he wanted his presence to signal to its members that they have options beyond the Democratic Party.

Reminding people of his membership in the Prince George's County NAACP branch, Steele said he intends to depart from the "complete Republican's guide to speaking to African-Americans."