April 30th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
6 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.


Filed under: Michael Steele • Newt Gingrich • RNC
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    NEWT...... needs to make up his mind. IS he a far-right-nut or not! Honestly!

    The GOP is the party of obstruction..... of hate...... lies........fear and division. Just read some of the comments on this blog or listen (if you can stomach it) to the commentators on "Faux News"!

    With an approval rating between 62-67% President Obama has the power to overcome the ......... PARTY OF NO.

    The GOP is beholding to Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter and the rest of the haters!

    THE GOP DOES NOT GET IT......... HATE, LIES, FEAR AND DIVISION ARE FAILED "POLICIES"!

    April 30, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. dreamer

    And this from one of the bigest whinners of the now DEFUNCTED RNC(excluding Rush of course).

    April 30, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. jane in wi

    Typical republicans more concerned about their own agendas than the needs of the world.

    April 30, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Larry

    Can you imagine ...

    A government body ...

    Where it's members

    Need to have their Ego's messaged ...

    For them to get along with you ...

    HE JUST SAID IT ... sometimes I even like this Newt guy ...

    THE PARTY OF NO CONTINUES ...

    THE PARTY OF EXCLUSION ...

    April 30, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    Republicans, take note, what goes around in life comes back around in some form. For all the lies, negativity, fear and hate you put out there it is and will come back to you three fold. You guys deserve to be extinct and to start completely from ground zero because you have become the party of hate.

    April 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Karen - Missouri

    They can try all the "cover-ups" they want, the GOP in ANY form still stinks. they'll be so worn out by 2010 and so NOT creative.

    April 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. John

    Form a third party altogether instead. The GOP brand is way too tarnished to revive.

    April 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Chris

    Till Republicans admit their Boss Bush was the Problem!

    April 30, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. faith

    Republicans should let President Obama govern not playing Politics!

    April 30, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Qui-Tam Relator

    ****************************************************************
    I am so happy that Gingrich is coming back again ! Now I know the Republican Party is doomed. Woopie ! ****************************************************************

    April 30, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Kevin

    "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."

    They just don't get it do they? The New America has already begun. They want the old school style back. Not gonna happen.

    April 30, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Dayahka

    Well, good. Maybe McCain and the few other real Republicans who have their heads on straight can wrest the party away from the lunatics who have hijacked the party of Abraham Lincoln and turned it into the party of Lincoln Rockwell.

    April 30, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Vicky

    Newt is worried he won't be able to sell books anymore!

    April 30, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Dean

    Finally the truth comes out....massaging the egos of RNC members." LOL Narrsistic bunch arn't they.

    April 30, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Randall

    The NOParty definitely needs to lighten up. They also need to work on stubbornness and intolerance.

    April 30, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. independent

    rnc think their precious = rich folk mentality

    April 30, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Carl from MI

    The Republican party... the party of EGO!!

    A more true statement could not be uttered by this man!!!

    What a bunch of primadonnas....

    April 30, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Samilton

    The GOP should come up with viable solutions to everything they say "No" to and work on their image later....

    The American people want new solutions to the problems we are now facing. Not the same old stuff that problems 8 years of madness, greed, pride and ignorance.

    The fact that they are starting to work on their "Image" tells you they don't have a clue to what is really needed and going on here.

    April 30, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Pam

    I love seeing the party of hate disinegrate like this. They are so clueless!. Every time Michael Steele tries to sound like a hip, cool guy, I'm so embarrassed for him. It's like watching a comedian TRYING to be funny and instead just embarrasses the entire audience. They all just make me cringe! They can try to update themselves all they want...they still have the same regressive and hateful platforms. After 8 nightmare years of the bush/cheney fiasco, I hope no republican ever wins office again. To hell with them.

    April 30, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Tasty Cheddar

    Doesn't his comment "RNC members "all think they're precious, and they all think they should be taken care of" actually apply to all Republicans?

    Aren't they the party of "Me" and the Dems are the party of "We"?

    April 30, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Boisepoet

    So McCain is launching a 'new brand'. Let me guess this 'new' Repub party's position on critical issues:

    Economy: If you are rich there is no recession
    Health Care: See stand on economy.
    Energy: Drill Baby Drill, and give oil companies tax cuts to do so!
    National Security: If you ain't with us, you're agin us!
    Social Issues: See Leviticus in the Christian Bible (no other bibles count).

    I'm thinking there isn't going to be much difference.

    April 30, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Jake

    why is the Republican party still listening to anyone who's name has a "FORMER" in front of it???

    Cheney & Gingrich, Gingrich & Cheney!

    nice makeover, GOP!

    April 30, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Charm

    "...massaging the egos of RNC members." sounds like a personal ad on Craigs List.

    April 30, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Too True For You

    It's like watching a pack of starving dogs when you toss in a raw steak.

    Golden Boy Newt is insulting the RNC leaders and in a backhanded way, Steele, McCain, Romney and others are haring off and creating a competing committee, Specter left in disgust, Snowe is complaining about the parties polarization, Meghan McCain is wading in with negative assessments, and Boehner has gone to ground.

    The GOP is not by any means dead, in spite of the heinous nature of their self-inflicted wounds. These guys will find their way back. We can only hope it is not riding the same horses they have been: the free market freebooters and assorted morally conceited organizations like the extreme fundamentalists and the bigoted hate groups.

    April 30, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Robin the Censored One

    Can we please get some conservative views PLEASE!!

    How can we be the ones that hate, when we are censored?

    April 30, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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