- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 4, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second-ranking Republican senator is distancing himself from the national party chairman after the recent news that the party spent nearly $2,000 at a sex-themed nightclub in California.

Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, said he didn’t elect Michael Steele as Republican National Committee chairman, so he can’t say whether he thinks Mr. Steele should step down. But Mr. Kyl ttold “Fox News Sunday” that “this kind of thing has got to stop, or they won’t get any contributions.”

The RNC has fired a staffer who helped organize the Jan. 31 visit to Voyeur Hollywood West. The RNC has said it would recoup the money from a donor who paid the tab.

Party officials have said Mr. Steele knew nothing of the nightclub visit by a group of young Republicans.

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