03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Top GOP Leadership Had No Idea Michael Steele Was Releasing A Book

Top Republican Party leadership operatives on Capitol Hill were totally blindsided by RNC chair Michael Steele's new book on the GOP's route back to power, angering senior aides who thought they should have been consulted in advance and given a heads up about it, well-placed Republican sources tell me.

The charge is likely to further anger Steele's critics, who say that he's used the RNC perch to profit personally with paid speeches and a new book, with little regard to how it impacts the party, and at the expense of fundraising and other party duties.

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