April 30th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Gingrich: Members of the RNC think they're 'precious'

During an interview Thursday, Former House Speaker Gingrich addressed apparent tension between RNC chairman Michael Steele and some members of the GOP's national committee.
During an interview Thursday, Former House Speaker Gingrich addressed apparent tension between RNC chairman Michael Steele and some members of the GOP's national committee.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich opened up another front Thursday in the Republican Party's battle for self-definition and control - and, in process, expressed sympathy for embattled national party chairman Michael Steele.

Reacting to recent reports that some members of the RNC are trying to limit Steele's ability to spend the committee's money without authorization from other party leaders, Gingrich said RNC members "all think they're precious, and they all think they should be taken care of, and they all think the job of the chairman, first of all, is to make the RNC members happy."

Those expectations were part of the reason Gingrich "would not have dreamed" of running for RNC chairman. And Gingrich speculated that Steele "probably has not yet learned the art of massaging the egos of RNC members."

But Gingrich suggested that Steele could still repair his relationship with some members of the national committee. "I hope Steele continues to evolve and grow and learn," the prominent Republican said. "He's had a challenging opening couple of months."

Gingrich's comments come a day after reports that several prominent Republicans including former GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain have formed of a new group designed to revive the GOP's tarnished brand and to counter the Democratic talking point that Republicans have become "the party of no" since President Obama's swearing-in. In a series of town-hall-style events, the group, The New Council for a New America, plans to use the lens of core Republican principles to engage the public in a discussion about many of the challenges the country is facing. The first event is planned for Saturday in Northern Virginia.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Vicky, MA

    The GOP is the Party of No. What else have they said since Obama became president. So they don't think, or analyze, they just follow the party line no matter how right winged it may be.

    When you know you are interested in anything the other party has to say because you're going to vote "no" anyway, who cares. They are not doing what the American people sent them to D.C. to do–make an effort to work with this president.

    So if the GOP croaks on it's on hot air, so be it.

    April 30, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Minnesotan

    Gingrich and his neo-con allies are about as relevant, and cogent, as a three dollar bill. I look forward to any 'new' ideas they might come up with. Perhaps they'll suggest something 'revolutionary' like Trickle Down Economics... oh wait, that was a colossal failure. Maybe they'll introduce some legislation to reduce the size of government? Oops, they grew government exponentially during their eight year Reich. Huh. Guess there's no new ideas in the GOP. What a shock. New manure is same as the old manure.

    April 30, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Kevin B

    The GOP has been rendered irrevelant by there own over reaching and disconnection from real americans concerns. They have spent the past 18 months trying to gin up fear and hate by innuendo and name calling.

    The 40 and 30 somethings and younger find the republican party ideas creepy and hateful, this generation of voters will never vote republican, thus another generation in the wilderness for the GOP, better get used to it fellas

    April 30, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Aaron

    The Republic Party is now and always has been a bunch of John Birchers.

    April 30, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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