November 24th, 2009
06:16 PM ET
11 years ago

RNC resolution won't 'handcuff' Steele, co-sponsor says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" RNC members have drafted what's being described as a 'purity' resolution."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - One of Republican National Committee members who helped draft resolution that would prevent moderate candidates from receiving party money said Tuesday that the measure is not intended to challenge to the leadership of Michael Steele, the RNC chairman.

"I think it's sufficiently broad so as not to handcuff him," Nebraska committeeman Pete Ricketts said of the so-called "purity" resolution, which first leaked to reporters Monday.

The resolution, sponsored by Indiana committee member Jim Bopp Jr., proposes a ten-point ideological platform for the Republican party and would require GOP candidates to adhere to at least eight of those points. If not, a candidate be prohibited from receiving financial assistance from the RNC.

Bopp told CNN Monday that the resolution will help Steele avoid criticism from the right-wing of the party. "This resolution will establish standards so that he won't feel obligated to support every Republican and not feel criticized," he said.

Ricketts said the resolution was sparked in large part by the contentious special election in New York's 23rd congressional district, in which a third party candidate, Doug Hoffman, entered the race as an conservative alternative to the moderate Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava. Conservative activists nationwide rallied to Hoffman's side, eventually driving Scozzafava from the race, which was ultimately won by Democrat Bill Owens.

"NY-23 crystallized for us some of the issues the Tea Party people had with Republican party," said Ricketts, one of the resolution's ten co-sponsors. "We felt like we needed to send a message that we are the party of conservative values. This resolution is one way to demonstrate that we mean what we say."

Ricketts disagreed with the suggestion that the measure is an attempt to purge moderate voices from the GOP.

"It's just the opposite," he told CNN. "What it says is that we are a broad party, that we understand people are not going to agree with us on every issue."

He said the resolution, which could be introduced at the RNC Winter Meeting in Hawaii come January, is still "a work in progress."

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  1. Mark C

    *** NY-23 crystallized for us some of the issues the Tea Party people had with Republican party ****

    ....and therefore we'll do a much better job of kowtowing to right-wing nutjobs in the future, he did not add.

    November 24, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. patrick88

    they are purging the unbelievers from the party so they can get ready for the end in 2012!

    November 24, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. j

    What a sad state of affairs for the Grand Obstructionist Party.

    On the other hand, maybe that will open the doors for a third party. It'd be great to have more than just two parties to choose from.

    November 24, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Hendrik

    Have these clown made it finally perfectly clear that they only represent the angry fringe right, the ones with the twisted faces at the fake town hall meeting. It makes Michael Steele seem like a liberal.

    November 24, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    Wow – they are forming a GANG!!! There is an "Initiation" in order to qualify!!!

    Better yet – It sounds like a KKK club to me!! Now all they need are white hoods, white robes and nooses!!

    LOSERS!! All they are doing is making the Independent Party and/or the Democratic Party grow larger!! Lou Dobbs will beat the right WingNUTS!!

    November 24, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Michael Steele is a FlUNKY!!! He's there for the forefront ONLY and will get KICKED TO THE CURB!!

    November 24, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Mike in Texas

    Sort of like an AA checklist?

    November 24, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. Dale

    The points all begin "We support" and then many describe how they oppose it. For example cap and TRADE is market based. What do they think TRADE means?

    But the main thing is that they don't really even do what they say they do. Smaller government my petutti– Republicans spend like drunken sailors just like democrats do.

    Whatever Republicans. Long live the Independents.

    November 24, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Joe

    Actually, I think this is a great idea. The Democrats should follow suit. Then perhaps we'll end up with a whole bunch of viable parties instead of two party hegemony. Republicans are actually (and accidentally I might add) putting country first.

    November 24, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. independent

    I think that seals it. They are no longer the Republican Party; they are the Tea party. Fine. Three parties: Democrat Party, Republican Party and Tea Party. We will have to figure out what happens to the Conservative Party.

    November 24, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. Sam of CA

    What if those 2 out of 10 issues are about weapons bans and abortion rights? If a candidate agrees with the other 8 will he/she still get the money?

    November 24, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. j

    What's next... a loyalty oath?

    November 24, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Hello, America can't handle right wing republicans any more then they can progressives. I understand, as someone that identifies with progressives, that I'll win some and lose a lot more. Is it so hard for Republicans to understand that? What happened to the intelligent, thought provoking republicans?

    November 24, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. Haha

    "It would be wonderful if the people writing these articles could read and speak english. I counted more that 15 grammer errors in this brief article. I also counted a dozen errors in sentence structure.
    I stopped reading the article because of the poor writing.
    Maybe our education system isn't as good as the government wants us to think it is."

    Thats what happens when tax dollars go towards wars instead of American schools or other social programs. Remember socialism is a bad thing!

    November 24, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Party Purity = Nazism

    The God Opposing Party is America's Taliban.
    Be afraid, America.
    Be very afraid...

    And you stupid Blacks who think you will ever fit in... good luck!

    Mr. Steele...your turn is coming...they'll turn on you,too – then where will you go?

    Oh, wait! The Democrats is the real big-tent Party ... look at all the differing opinions the hold on the health care reform...and they are still allowed to remain in the Party! You might even find a place there, O Man of Steele!

    November 24, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. russell

    These people that call themselves republicans are like cannibals , they tend to turn on each other at the drop of dime , Michael Steele is about to be purged from their ranks and don't say we told you so !!

    November 24, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. GG

    The Republicans don't need to get fancy just cut spending and cut keep taxes where they are...if they balance the budget then they will get re-elected everytime.....Get Bin Laden then get the heck out of Afghanistan and we'll be happy. Increase solar, wind, natural gas and nuclear power, but also drill our own off shore oil. Treat the prisoners reasonable but keep Gitmo open and try terrorist in military courts not's not that complicated. The american people want less government but effective government. Everyone needs to vote in the next election.

    November 24, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. russell

    Now all of you Obama and liberal bashers we have been telling you this about your beloved republican party , they care absolutely nothing about you , if your views are anywhere near a moderate stance then you don't fit that critiera , boy talk about communism , the rightwingers have surely gone off the deep in , their main concern is "GETTING BACK INTO POWER " , so your needs and wishes will surely go unnotice by your ever loving republican party.!

    November 24, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. Runofthemill

    just read the list of things they are for/against. They are e\ssentially against the 20th and 21st centuries. No unions, no workplace protections no alternative energy, keep fossil fuels burning without regulation or change, no religious freedom....

    I beleive the term is usually one of the following: cavemen, or knuckle-draggers, or troglodytes.

    November 24, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    To the idiots that keep claiming we are a center-right country, no we are not. We are a center-left country. We won, get over it LOSERS!!!

    November 24, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Kenneth of Minneapolis

    The Elephant is rolling over in its grave.......

    November 24, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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