January 27th, 2010
07:09 PM ET
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Key RNC members to oppose 'purity resolution'

Republican state party chairmen decided Wednesday to oppose the 'purity resolution'.

Republican state party chairmen decided Wednesday to oppose the 'purity resolution'.

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - A key voting bloc within the Republican National Committee on Wednesday rejected the so-called "purity resolution" that would forbid party money from going to moderate GOP candidates.

In a private meeting, the RNC's state chairman's committee voted unanimously to oppose the resolution, which would force GOP candidates to ascribe at least eight of 10 conservative principles, or else be cut off from RNC financial support. It was submitted this week by 10 committee members.

The measure has drawn criticism from Republicans who want to broaden the party's appeal.

The purity resolution is not officially dead. It will still go to the resolutions committee tomorrow, which will decide whether to bring it to a full committee vote Friday at the RNC general session.

But the formal rebuke of the resolution by the state party chairs - a full third of the RNC - does not bode well for its survival.

"State party chairs have the responsibility of working to support the candidates our members nominate in the primaries," said California GOP chairman Ron Nehring, one of the party chairs in the meeting. "Our goal is to support the entire Republican ticket, from our candidates for Congress and governor's offices, all the way down to school boards and fire boards. Our party will back the candidates who win the Republican Party's nomination."

A second, less-stringent proposal has also been submitted for consideration at the GOP's annual meeting, which began Wednesday at a beachfront resort in Honolulu.

The "accountability resolution," as its called, would allow RNC Chairman Michael Steele to "take into account the conservative bon fides of a candidate" before deciding whether to offer party support, said Jim Bopp, Jr., the Indiana committeeman and chief sponsor of both resolutions. Unlike the "purity" resolution, it does not include a strict ten-plank platform for candidates to abide by.

The newer measure would also require any Republican who switches parties or endorses a Democrat to return any money provided to them by the RNC.

Earlier: Two 'purity' resolutions submitted at RNC meeting

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soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Republicans are so self-righteous that they see things as black and white just as the Islamic extremists do. It is "their way or no way". How sad it is that they have become a separate group living within the United States of America rather than supporting and caring about "all' Americans and their viewpoints.

    January 27, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Sarah

    America......I ask you .......is this the Party you want to run this country?

    January 27, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. j sanford

    What is really needed there is an honesty clause.

    January 27, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. CRAIG

    First thing that would have to happen is, Michael Steele would have resign. How could the GOP talk about purity while having a black chairman? Even though the position is nothing more than a symbolic one. Never the less he does not belong.

    January 27, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Along with the RNC Party "Purity Test" being administered at the Hawaii winter meeting, attendees will also be offered free head-shavings and a fire-side book reading of "Mein Kampf"...

    January 27, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Michael

    OK people. I want everyone to listen closely, because it seems that everyone is direction impaired when insulting the opposition. First off. Far left government is called Communism, and the far right is Fascism. Do some homework before you actually insult someone or you look like a trolling idiot and not just a troll. 2nd, Nazi Germany was Fascist, Mussolini Italy was Fascist, Soviet Russia and China are Communist... so for the people on the right if your going to call your leftist opposition anything, call them Stalin or Mao NOT Hitler that would be the insult towards you by the left. This has been your Poly Sci 101 lesson for today... thank you.

    January 27, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Dave R

    As a Dem, I hope they do pass it.

    January 27, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. not a good idea

    this is why myself and others are independents.It seems you have to be ultra conservative to be a republican or a bleeding heart liberal to be a democrat. Moderation in both parties would help their images vastly.

    January 27, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. m smith

    What a bunch of crazy wingnuts. The economy is tanking the health care system is a mess.Yet these morons spend all their time thwarting the president and chastizing their own party members. This is democracy ??? sounds like a bunch of nazis to me. So much for free speech even from their own members. They shall emplode. The tea baggers have spoken

    January 27, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. They call me "tater salad"

    Republicans............"There own biggest fans and there own worst enemies all in one"............What a bargain!

    January 27, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. m smith

    Hey I know of these neat little outfits they can wear . they are white and have cute pointy hats and a veil that covers their face . They would all look so cute. im sure they would have a secret hand shake too.

    January 27, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. bill

    GOP and purity resolution. Activists posing as telephone repairmen. What is wrong with these people?

    January 27, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Lee in TN

    It is too bad this proposal was voted down. The republican party with it's fanatic neo-cons (who now control the paerty) need to follow this path to oblivion. Then the moderate republicans should join with the Blue Dog Democrats to form a 3rd party that aligns with mainstream America; just to the right of center, This 3rd party should have a true dedication to Christian values, not the facade the neo-cons use to get the Christian vote, then ignore their values to chase their core values of big business over people.

    January 27, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Mickey

    Nazi Republican Party

    January 27, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. valwayne

    Republicans should at least wait until they gain power before they copy the Democrats with the circular firing squad.

    January 27, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. Louis


    So basically if you are not "Pure" you don't get to play in the Republican sandbox. Thanks GOP, you just sealed my vote for all Democrats this November.

    No ideas, no clue, no class!!! Priceless!!!

    January 27, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. duh

    Steele = The New Hitler

    January 27, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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