January 13th, 2010
12:06 PM ET
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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. Ronald E Miller

    No don't do anything we will need him come 2012 The DEMOCRATS.

    January 13, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Traj

    Whatever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Republicans are still "Stuck on Stupid" and have been for 8 1/2 yrs now,...

    January 13, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Isn't it cute??? Dutch from Bad Newz is calling himself Dutch The Great now! So tell us all, Dutchy... what merited this wonderful promotion? Finally toilet trained?

    January 13, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    They should have never put Steele in the lead position! Its apparent he doesn't know what he's doing.

    January 13, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    GOP got a problem with Steele but can't figure out how to get rid of him so it doesn't look like racism resulting in Steele filing suit against them. Trust me, if this happens this will be the best seller of all books and I'd like to author the first page, Steele is not "pure" enough, now explain to him what that means.

    January 13, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. WLJ

    We voted in a black President, then the GOP figure they would put in a leader to compete for the spotlight and show the are not all old white guys. Its the same as McCain choosing Palin to get the Hillary vote. Now they can't control either one of them. As a Republican I am angry and disappointed in the way are party has gone.

    January 13, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Bill R in Oakland

    Once again, the GOP gets distracted by an internal "controversy". Hand-wringing over Michael Steele does not move the country forward–but the cannabalization is entertaining

    January 13, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. hongli

    I JUST LOVE IT WHEN THE DOGS,CATS AND RATS ARE FIGHTING AMONG THEMSELVES. I WILL GUARANTEE ALL AMERICANS THAT MICHAEL STEELE WILL BE KICED OUT BY THE REPUBLICANS IN 2010. REASON--- THE WHITE NUTS CANNOT HANDLE A BLACK MAN AT THE TOP OF THE GOP. THEY ARE NOT ACCUSTOM HAVING BLACK PEOPLE AROUND THEM PERIOD MUCH MORE DIRECTING THEM.

    January 13, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. jayh

    Hee hee- I love seeing this mess! Keep it up redumblicans!

    January 13, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Gingrich, Palin, Giuliani, Romney, and Huckabee all run their mouths endlessly releasing hot air and gasses. Sometimes one of them puts it in print and calls it a book but none of them actually have any duties right now as they sit on their butts waiting to run for president in 2012. Finally one Republican, who has a real job, tries to make a positive example that a Republican “leader” can hold a job while blowing hot air at the same time and other Republican leaders are scared that it might be expected of them also..

    January 13, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom

    I knew this poor sap would not last, in the GOP's leadership! The GOP realizing that they do not represent the diversity of the U.S., attempted to become more "colorful" with Mr. Steele, only to throw him under the bus!

    Can't wait for Mr. Steele's tell-all book! What a hoot!

    January 13, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Frederick Ferguson

    The (R)s deserve a bombastic Uncle Tom like Steele for trying to buy themselves cover for the inevitable racist tirades that were inevitable from their base after the election of Obama. Shame on them all.

    January 13, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Peter

    Oh, c'mon RNC: Let Uncle Tom Steele do his book promotion.

    January 13, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    The Republican Party with the tea-baggers, Fox media and radical radio have become such a joke?! How could anyone take them seriously? It's a circus of bumbling chaos. It's the Three Stooges, Abott & Costello, Laverne & Shirley, and Gilligan's Island all rolled into one. Notice there are no people of color and they're all really old shows that don't make any sense today – just like the Repubs.
    Our country deserves better – there is real work to do.

    January 13, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. WIL

    This is how the republicans do everything throw it against the wall and see if it sticks they are CLUELESS and some want them back in charge please.

    January 13, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Andi

    So, while the American people are seriously struggling, financially, these Senators will be having a meeting in Hawaii next month. I highly doubt it will be at their own expense. PLEASE vote ALL Senators out of office ASAP. None of them can be trusted; they're completely out of touch with the American people.

    January 13, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. dora

    Interesting that the GOP is demanding that Harry Reid step down for saying something racially oriented (full disclosure, I think what Reid said is true, I also think he could have chosen better language to express it, he has done the mea culpa polka, time to move on), but can't imagine why anyone would make a fuss about Steele using the expression "Honest Injun". Do Native Americans not count in the eyes of the GOP because they are poor? Or does the GOP only listen to the tribes with casino cash to burn?

    January 13, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Ruthann

    Much as I do not want to defend Sarah Palin (I voted specifically against her in the election) I don't understand what we are doing or trying to do in Afganastan either. I just didn't run for national office with my ignorance.

    January 13, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    You SEE Steele – it's OKAY from everyone else to promote books wherever they go and FLOP NEWS and other far-right outlets would PUSH it to the BEST SELLER list in NO TIME... No matter who they are – well, it does matter who they are and it's NOT YOU!!!!

    When are you going to WAKE UP and smell the FAR-RIGHT. They want to use you as FRONT and that's it!!! You must jump when they say so and stop jumping when they say so!!!

    BUT – you want to be where you're not welcomed so be it...............Such a LOSER!!!

    January 13, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Real American

    Get Steele outta there, he's just not jerky enough to lead the Repugs.

    January 13, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. What a Mess!

    Michael Steele mistakenly promoted the Harry Reid Debacle which it really isn't by comparing it to Trent Lott's racist exploits and his majority leadership role in the senate during the Bush administration. By stating Reid's actions were comparable to Trent Lott's situation in the senate, Steele mistakenly brought about Trent Lott's dismissal as majority leader during the Bush administration and the promotion of Senator Frist to that position simply because Frist promoted corporatist policies that Lott probably would not have! Steele mistakenly has taken Reid off the radar screen and placed Lott prominently into it! We can now fully understand Lott's dismissal on racist policies at the time as insubstantial theatrics to place Frist in his position for trumped up racist matters which Lott inflicted on himself. Steele should have known better and now must pay for this mistake!

    January 13, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. RNC and GOP are fine.

    More non-news from liberal-leaning CNN. There really isn't as much 'discord' as CNN wants the public to believe. Why else are they posting Palin and Steele stories everyday.

    January 13, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Ready for 2012

    They want Steele to turn over proceeds from his book over to the RNC.

    This is a rediculous request without merit. Please Steele DON'T DO IT. Tell these members to SHOVE IT!!!

    "GOP staffers and communications strategists on Capitol Hill who later said they were not consulted on the book or its contents.".......were they consulted on Palin's book?????

    So what, he wrote a book. It seems to be the "in" thing to do now if you need money. Maybe the chairmanship doesn't pay well.

    January 13, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Mike W

    Hahahahah, this is rich. The RNC wants to take the money from his book and add it to thier coffers for saying something stupid about thier chances of winning elections. Perhaps they should take Palins 'going rogue' book money as well for loosing the last presidential election. I guess it is true that the GOP can only stand a black man when he isnt richer than them!

    January 13, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Keith in CA

    The RNC wants Steele to stop promoting his book AND turn over proceeds to them? Conservatives call Liberals "Socialists, that sounds almost "Communist". Hmmm...

    January 13, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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