Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele stuck by Republican special election candidate Dede Scozzafava in an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday.

“I support the Republican nominee as the Republican Party chairman, and that’s the way it should go, right?” Steele said in a light-hearted exchange (video at about 5 minues in).

Steele has seen several members of Congress and big-name Republicans not, in fact, support the GOP nominee. This week, Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and former NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) have joined the ranks of defectors opting for Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.