May 20th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
6 years ago

RNC showdown over 'socialist' resolution may be avoided

Steele is against a resolution renaming the Democratic Party.'
Steele is against a resolution renaming the Democratic Party.'

OXON HILL, Maryland (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee appear to have reached a compromise that would let GOP leaders avoid a possible dispute over a controversial resolution that calls on Democrats to re-name their party the "Democrat Socialist party."

Steele has come out against the resolution, calling it "not an appropriate way to express our views on the issues of the day." One of Steele's allies on the committee, Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer, told CNN the resolution is "stupid" and "ridiculous."

However, New Jersey committeeman David Norcross, one of the sponsors of the resolution, told CNN the language is being massaged so that Steele and others on the committee will be more receptive.

"The language is being changed so that the proposers and chairman Steele are on the same page," Norcross said.

He said that as of Tuesday afternoon, the chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on Resolutions had changed the language to "condemn the Democrats' march to socialism" instead of "talking about the 'Democrat Socialist' party."

The change was made, Norcross said, so that members "wouldn't have to fight about it, and I think everybody agreed."

Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus, another Steele ally, expressed confidence the proposal will be tweaked in the resolution committee, and that it should pass without issue.

"My prediction is that things are going to be very smooth tomorrow," Priebus said. "But at the end of the day, it's up the resolutions committee."


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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Gail

    Democrat Socialist Party? Hmmmm....okay, as long as they change their name to Republican Nazi party

    May 20, 2009 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  2. Arn

    You mean as opposed to the Republican Fascist party of the last eight years? Puhleeze...got nothin' better to do?

    May 20, 2009 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
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