January 27th, 2010
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Two 'purity' resolutions submitted at RNC meeting

Two 'purity' resolutions submitted at RNC meeting.
Two 'purity' resolutions submitted at RNC meeting.

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - Conservative members of the Republican National Committee have submitted two different proposals at their Winter Meeting this week that would prevent party money from being given to GOP candidates who are deemed too moderate.

One of the measures – the so-called "purity resolution" that was first circulated in November and drew criticism from Republicans who want to broaden the party's appeal – would deny RNC support to candidates who fail to adhere to at least eight of 10 conservative principles.

A second, less-stringent proposal has also been submitted for consideration at the 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.


The accountability resolution - without the stricter language and the demand on Steele to relinquish some measure of authority over party money - could be more palatable to the nearly 168 RNC members who will vote Friday on the language.

"The chairman thinks that he has to support all Republicans regardless of their views, and so we want to change that one way or another," Bopp told CNN. "We just want to come up with as many options as possible to accomplish our goal."

Bopp, one of 10 co-signers to each of the resolutions, said he is confident that one or both of the proposals will pass during Friday's general session.

"I think the situation is really fluid and a lot of people are taking about the need for accountability, and I am open to whatever will get the job done," Bopp said.

After a day of strategy meetings, RNC members will gather Wednesday to watch President Obama's first State of the Union address.

UPDATE: The purity resolution was dealt a serious blow on Wednesday when state party chairs voted to oppose the measure.


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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Jane/Seattle

    Freedom to Critically Think: Denied
    Freedom to Dissent: Denied
    Freedom to Represent Real Constituents: Denied

    Follow the Party Line: Good
    Keep Quiet: Good
    Do What WE Tell you: Good

    Wonder who will win out on this struggle? Certainly NOT America!

    January 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Good news for Democrates.

    January 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. jacob

    That would have eliminated Scott Brown since he is pro-choice.

    January 27, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Dave

    I see absolutely no problem with this. Both parties should do it. They have their values and principles and want those running under their name and taking money from them to adhere to those principles. Seems logical.
    That way you don't get a "republican" running against a democrat (like in the NY house race not too long ago) and the so-called republican was further to the left in most her voting record. Why would the RNC want to fund that? It simply sets a guideline for the base of the party to adhere to. From 1994 to 2008 the Republicans went form a tax less, less government, fiscally conservative base to out of control spending.

    They are simply trying to get back to where they should be: less government, less spending, less taxes, strong defense. Whenever they do that, they win.

    January 27, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Ben in Texas

    Shhh! Everybody be quiet while we watch the RNC shoot itself in the foot! They don't want to give money to any candidates who are tainted by liberal ideas, like that guy Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Instead, they want to run some Tea Bagger with no credentials whatsoever, except that he is a raving fascist lunatic. A pure, raving fascist lunatic.

    See, not all the thick headed politicians are Democrats.

    January 27, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Jill-IN

    Purity resolutions? Never ending sex scandals?

    January 27, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Dave

    Wonderful idea! Narrow your party down so it appeals to only the hardcore wingnut fringe, who don't have anywhere near enough numbers to elect anyone on a national scale. I fully approve of this idea... but then, as a patriotic American, my goal is the extinction of the Republican party.

    The Ten Republican Principles... let's see, there's Lie, Cheat, Steal...

    January 27, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Yahbut

    Come on fellow Republicans let us not be stupid.
    We do not need a purity test.
    The United States is one country, but people's perception of what is socially conservative or socially moderate differs from one part of the country to another.
    If someone is for less government, lower taxes, small business, bringing the deficit in line and keeping us safe from terrorists that should be enough for us now.
    If this country is not safe from terrorists then it really doesn't matter what your social feelings are because we won't all be here to worry about them.
    This is the time for the RNC to sit down, take a deep breath and use common sense.
    After all our goal is to win in November.
    Do NOT ruin it for us by acting like a bunch of donkeys (there is another word for donkey you know).
    Come on now lead us to a victory in November.
    We need to show some maturity and we really aren't seeing that from a lot of people in Washington.

    January 27, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Skeeve

    "One of the measures – the so-called "purity resolution" that was first circulated in November and drew criticism from Republicans who want to broaden the party's appeal – would deny RNC support to candidates who fail to adhere to at least eight of 10 conservative principles."

    Ok, and the difference between this and ol' Soviet Union Communist party line is..... non-existent.

    January 27, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. scott from MICH

    Hitlers party had "Purity" standards. The KKK does too. Most of the GOP would meet there 8 outta 10 I'm sure. Wake up America! These people are dangerous so stop falling in like lemmings and think for yourself

    January 27, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. sharon

    wait one minute.................................
    This is the gop that was upset that Pelosi took a trip?

    So they all go to Hawaii for a "winter meeting".................
    Did they swim there?
    Are they living on the beach? NO? in a beach front resort?
    Price tag?????????????????????

    January 27, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. NC

    Sounds like brainwashing to me or Hitler.

    January 27, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. please

    Thankfully for GOP hopefuls, the "purity test" doesn't include adultery.

    January 27, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Allowing a Monopoly doesnt bring down prices

    Wow they have their own"Ten Comandments",these morons will insure the Mayans were correct.

    January 27, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Linda

    Outstanding! I say go for it! Pretty soon those Repubs left in the party will be totally irrelevant! Hooray!

    January 27, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Zach

    I'm a strong supporter of small government, low taxes, gun ownership, and individual rights and freedoms. As such, I want the government to stay out of people's personal lives, stop invading other countries, and stop spending other peoples' money.

    And because of that I'm only 5/10 on the Republican scale!?!?

    Guess I won't be voting Republican any time soon...

    January 27, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Stephen

    The GOP's true colors are coming out. Conformity at all costs. Get ready to learn the goosestep.

    January 27, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They still want to weed out people would call themselves Republicans but don't fit the tight standards of Limbaugh and others. This hurts our country. We need a major party that is more liberal than the Democrats and a more conservative one than the Republicans.

    January 27, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. bob

    And they like to call Obama a NAZI

    January 27, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Wow....... the Republicans are really going ahead with this. This is eerily like the Nazi "purity" obsession with people! Any one else think this is nuts?

    Americans are moderates, we are not into extreme right nor fringe groups like the Teabaggers.

    GOP you can't win with 21% of the populace.

    January 27, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Susan

    They are truly disgusting! Their "purity test" (or whatever name they choose to call it) is a horrible display of partisan politics - at its lowest level! Country first, my a#*!

    January 27, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Monster Zero

    How freaking funny to read the Obamabots response to the RNC in Hawaii. What did you morons think this is tax payer funded like Obama's Holiday getaways? The only people behind Obama at this point are the little old lady dog lovers and the ones with their hands out hoping for 40-acres and a mule!

    January 27, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Steve R

    The Third Reich had a "purity" resolution

    The Third Reich had a "Final Solution" for the jews

    Why would the Republicans ever lower them selves to the democRATS level?

    Dont these people get it? its the moderate dems keeping the health bill from destryoyng the country and it was a large independant voice in mass. who put a republican in office

    the moderate and independant voice is needed in washington
    governments can not base legislation on a fringe group of people

    I like the honest broad base approach
    but not like the race baiting that the democRATS do

    these people do not get it

    term limits on congress AMERICA

    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. DanInKY

    I'm sure their purity pledges read better in the original German.

    January 27, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Jim

    Hmm, and they say the Dems are extremeists... Nice!

    January 27, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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