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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soundoff (296 Responses)
  1. chill

    That hammering sound that you hear is yet another nail being driven into the GOP coffin as they write off whole sections of the country.

    November 24, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Lando

    Dictators..communist fools...

    November 24, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The Talibangelical right wing are going to disenfranchise and isolate many republicans. There will be a growing independent party.

    November 24, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Deb (Long Island, NY)

    Hey Michael...move on out...I think Castellanos will be your replacement.

    November 24, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. ETM

    The Republicans like to call Obama a Marxist, but look at which political party is conducting a purge. Apparently, being anything but a fanatic or a wide-eyed ideologue now disqualifies you from what used to be the party of Lincoln–who, along with T. Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan, must surely be turning over in his grave.

    November 24, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. gt

    they need to put all the right wing and left wing nuts in a cage and let them have at each other,,,,,

    November 24, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If this is so, why isn't Michael Steele himself making this statement or is he busy making his exit speech.

    November 24, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Peejay

    Ethnic cleansing, GOP-style. Reminds me of the "purity of essence" soliloquy in Dr. Strangelove.

    November 24, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Duck Fallas

    So the resolution is based on a strategy that got a Democrat elected?

    Works for me!

    P.S. Sarah SCARES me!! Me so scared!!

    November 24, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. David

    The GOP is letting everyone know they only want the extremist right wing nut jobs in their party. The moderate conservatives and Independents are not welcome. That is the signal they are sending out with this ridiculous resolution.

    November 24, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    The memo hasn't gotten to Steele yet.......

    November 24, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. katiec

    Well, if the party of NOthing believes it is that important to cater to the tea baggers, it is just additional proof of how they have lost sight of
    what politicians are supposed to do and stand for. Of course, birds of a feather flock together, so radicals, hypocrits, less intelligent, fear mongerers, liars, ignore your fellow men and women people must stick together as they are, thankfully, the minority in our country.
    They are totally self destructing,

    November 24, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. KD

    "Ricketts disagreed with the suggestion that the measure is an attempt to purge moderate voices from the GOP." HAH. That is exactly what will happen. I'm glad. Keep alienating the sane voices in your party and further marginalizing yourselves in this path to destruction.

    November 24, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Jim in San Mateo

    We now have a threshold for compatibility. If 70% of your views are the same as mine, we are compatible.

    And to think I could have sailed through life without knowing the numeric compatibility threshold. Thank you Republican Party.

    November 24, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Truth

    So instead of offering solutions for the economy, healthcare, unemployment or a divide nation, we get a resolution of republican purity...hahaha...

    November 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If they are a broad and open party, then why do they need these narrow statements. I don't know if Reagan could have gotten into this group. I know that he sponored (or authorized) illegal immigrant amnesty. I know that the Republicans need to show what they are made of, but this could shrink them.

    November 24, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. David in Oregon

    So sad. We're becoming a society of exclusion instead of inclusion. We're becoming a nation divided against itself. And this will be our end.

    November 24, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. They call me "tater salad"

    Lets see now...............You ran a "conservitive" Republican candidate against a "moderate" Republican candidate And a Democratic candidate to win a Congressional seat that the Republicans dominated and held since the days of the Civil War and yet LOST THAT SEAT TO THE DEMOCRAT!!! Now your train of thought leads you to believe that the American people want a more "consevitive" GOP?........Your guy lost morons!!!! Are you really that stupid???WOW!!!!!!!

    November 24, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Duck Fallas

    Steele, you token tool, now they're taking you're mojo.

    What up with that?

    November 24, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. morrgoth

    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.

    November 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Daniel

    Right, the GOP is SO broad that if you don't agree with these 10 "commandments" then you can't be one. Joe McCarthy would be so proud.

    November 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Richp

    I don't have a problem with moderate voices but left leaning liberals pretending to be moderates or conservatives makes me very annoyed, we need to thin out the quislings.

    November 24, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Marc

    What idiocy. Now the only republicans worthy of receiving $ are right wing conservative ideologues. That party is increasingly being so radicalized that they truly deserve the name of American Taliban.

    November 24, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Vets4Obama

    The GOP has become worse then the Taliban. "Purity", right up there with "White, Male, Rich, Christian" only rules (and those rules are probably in there too).

    What a pathetic lot of morons the GOP has become.

    November 24, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Terry Gloege

    And just what would those "conservative values" include? George Bush style economics and David Vitter style morality perhaps??

    November 24, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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