Political tension at NAACP celebration

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (NBC12) - A big night for the Chesterfield County chapter of the NAACP.

The group held its annual fundraiser Saturday night and managed to grab the attention of the heads of the Democratic and Republican parties.

In honor of its 100th year, the Chesterfield branch of the NAACP held its annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

This year, speaking before the crowd was Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele.

"I want to hope in a way in which I can turn it into action. That's what this organization has done for 100 years," he said.

Steele, the first black GOP Chairman, acknowledged this year being the year the first black president was elected into office.

He spoke about Republics and their willingness to help the African American community.

Governor Tim Kaine wore a different hat.

As Chairman of the Democratic National Committee -- he took a more confrontational tone.

"So now in the midst of the worst recession in 70 years, at a time when Virginians and Americans all over this country are hurting, what do we see from the Republican leadership in Congress? Saying no. Opposing the President. Standing in the way. Hoping that President Obama fails," said Kaine.

Kaine defended Obama's record calling him tremendously successful especially taking over as president while our country is in the midst of two wars and a recession.

Both Kaine and Steele campaigned for their respective party candidates in this year's gubernatorial race.

Republican Bob McDonnell was among 200 people who attended the fundraiser.

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