January 13th, 2010
12:06 PM ET
5 years ago

RNC members mulling resolution against Steele

RNC members are mulling a resolution against chairman Michael Steele.
RNC members are mulling a resolution against chairman Michael Steele.

Washington (CNN) – Some members of the Republican National Committee are considering drafting a resolution that would ask chairman Michael Steele to stop promoting to his new book and focus on leading the party.The resolution could also demand that Steele turn over proceeds from the book over to the RNC.

If members move forward with the idea, the measure would be introduced at the committee winter meeting in Hawaii later this month.

But no resolution has been written, and it's not clear how much support such a maneuver would have on the committee. Several members had not even heard of the proposal until they were asked about it by CNN on Wednesday.

David Norcross, a longtime committee member from New Jersey and one of the people involved in the discussions, said that at this point, the proposal is just "a suggestion flying around" via e-mail. Still, Norcross said, "I will take a look at it."


"It's a way forward to get us beyond this controversy," he said.

Steele has been taking heat for a series of off-message remarks made during the media tour for his book, most notably his remark that Republicans aren't likely to take back the House in November. That comment infuriated GOP staffers and communications strategists on Capitol Hill who later said they were not consulted on the book or its contents.


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  1. BJ

    Yeh, RNC you must keep him in HIS PLACE

    January 13, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Squigman

    How about a resolution against the republican party.

    January 13, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Dutch the Great

    You gotta love those Reublicans huh Michael? As soon as you say something bad against them, they throw you under the bus. I told you that you were nothing but a puppet.

    January 13, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Sounds like Socialism to me...taking money he rightfully earned

    January 13, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Mad Matt

    Steele and Reid should get together over a beer.

    January 13, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. IndyVoter

    Aww...I guess the puppet broke loose from his strings and now they want to light a fire to him. Mr. Rhymes with Spoken should have known that the black against black tactic would not work. Now since it isn't working, they are ready to pull the plug on him. At the end of the day Steele "((SINGING))...One of these things is not like the other ones, one of these things is not the same"! Try as you might, you are NOT a part of the clan.

    January 13, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Obama 2.0

    He will have to change his name to Aluminum. Light and recyclable :)

    January 13, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    What was it we used to say as kids? FIGHT............FIGHT

    January 13, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. The Clear Thinking Independent

    In most other instances, Republicans have never objected to another American, especially one from their party, making an extra buck.

    Why then are the rules different for Mr. Steele? Strange .....

    January 13, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. mac

    As a college educated person I could never vote for the current Republican party. It seems like conservatives could care less about the environment or health care for everyone. Yet they blame everyone else for their mistakes with our economy or the needless and costly war in Iraq. The conservatives tax the middle class to pay for the wealthy, and the pundits on Fox News, their icon, come across like such a bunch of angry, tired, racists... No thanks!

    January 13, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Rob Richardson

    Get the guy out any way that you can. He backed down to Rush Limbaugh for God's sake.
    Note to Republicans: As long as you are the party of Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly, and Beck, many of us will never vote Republican again. You all rely on too much name-calling, innuendos, and false information.

    January 13, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Chris

    This is just too funny!!! The RNC should have known that electing someone to the position, so that they would be able to slam the President because they were of the same color would backfire at some point!! Now, while Steele has been doing his so call slamming of the President, I guess it is not to their liking!! LOL

    January 13, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Bertina

    I thought the party was all about people keeping their own money and now they are saying Steele has to give it up? What hypocrites.

    January 13, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    "The resolution could also demand that Steele turn over proceeds from the book over to the RNC."

    Overuse of the word "over"!

    Doesn't anyone use grammar check before posting?

    January 13, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Should I believe a billionaire on am radio

    Dont worry Mike,Faux news has a job for you too,even after the RNC take all your book money.

    January 13, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Sarah

    Well Steele I have never been a fan of yours but I think the GOP is going to try and screw you out of your job and the money for your book. How can they do that? is that legal.......if Steele wrote the book then that money is his not the GOP...... boy the GOP will stab anyone in the back including their own members.......which just goes to show you America if you don't believe in their core beliefs than you don't belong in their party, if you can't and won't LIE for the party then you can't be republican.......Sorry Steele, I think you were just their pattsy token black man anyway....they never supported you in the first place......and this is one way of getting rid of you..........come on over to the Demoratic Party this party is big enough for all people of all color and age and sexual chose......no matter what religion.......rich or poor this is the party that best discribes AMERICA

    January 13, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Proud DEM

    Steele is "going rogue!" what a bunch of garbage...typical Rethugs...eat your own!

    OBAMA 2012!

    January 13, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Laverne

    They are working behind your back Michael Steele. I guess you are not puppet enough for them. If you don't bow down and submit soon, you can kiss your post goodbye!

    January 13, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Emma

    The RNC is its own worst enemy. The discord and conspicuously poor leadership and behaviors across the group are not winning ways, are they?

    January 13, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. george from alaska

    steele...what an uncle tom joke. also anyone that would even consider that ignorant bufoon palin as a having even one intelligent thought in her mindlless egotistcal head would enjoy having a hot poker shoved up their rear end.

    January 13, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. clint

    Proof positive that the RNC is completely out of touch with reality: Ten (10%) of America is out of work and the winter meeting of the RNC is in Hawaii.

    January 13, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Jayson

    What the Republican party doesn't need is a big public hissy fit. Considering the state of the economy they also should be considering a destination for their winter meeting. Not to mention the stupidity involved in attacking the first black RNC chairman given the medias willingness to ignore Democratic indiscretions while at the same time blowing Republican ones way out of proportion.

    January 13, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. DK

    Kick him out. he ain no man o' steel, he's a man of Straw!!

    Every Obama supporter knows the GOP is gleefully mistaken in their opposition to Obama.

    Read Teddy Roosevelt:
    "There was much accusation about my having acted in an 'unconstitutional' manner," Teddy shrugged. "I took the isthmus, started the canal, and then left Congress - not to debate the canal, but to debate me. . . . While the debate goes on, the canal does too; and they are welcome to debate me as long as they wish, provided that we can go on with the canal."

    The show goes on.....
    (Where are the Birthers gone?)

    January 13, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. La Chatte

    Yet another pathetic way for the Repugs to avoid accomplishing anything positive. They'd be better off if Steele took his book and fell off the planet with it.

    January 13, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Michael from Ventura

    Keep eating your own – soon there won't be anyone left to say NO.

    January 13, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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