January 13th, 2010
12:06 PM ET
12 years ago

RNC members mulling resolution against Steele

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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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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. no2gop

    Mr. Steele, Sara Palin, Rush and the Fox News bunch are simply living the Republican ethos of capitalism and individualism.
    Let’s be honest, once you have amassed 5+ million in personal net worth from book deals, speeches and cable news appearances, you are done.
    It doesn’t matter if there is a great depression, bread lines and children dying from lack of health care. You are covered.
    This is the moral compass of a typical Republican.

    January 13, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Danny J

    Republicans have a very powerful opportunity to upseat the democrats, but all this inner wrangling may jeopardize their chances. They really need to get their act together. America is center-left. They need to focus on that aspect of our population and appeal to the core. They can't give in to these uber conservatives.

    January 13, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Fan

    GOP members that is a rip off

    January 13, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Independent

    Mr. Steele hit the road jack and dont ya come back no more no more no more.....

    January 13, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. A.B.

    It's beginning to dawn on the RNC members that Mike Steele is inept and opportunisitic. Now he is promoting a book and using the Republican Party as its topic. When will the RNC and the party leadership realize that Sarah Palin is also inept and will never be electable?

    January 13, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Cliff

    Steele's the best man to head the RNC if you're a Democrat.

    January 13, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Do the republicans know how much they are disliked by the majority of Americans? This would really purge their insignificant party of "NO!"

    January 13, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Maury, AL

    LOL, let the idiots eat their own. The only reason they elected Michael Steele-Want-To-Be-Obama is because he's black. The GOPers are too stupid to know it takes more than a black face to win more votes. They need to understand that it's takes brains and guts and compassion and intelligence. None of which Michael-Momma's-Boy-Steele has. He's a spoiled brat who can't stand the fact that Barack Obama is president of these United States. He had the nerve to say he came before Barack.

    When will the GOPers learn that as soon as they get rid of the side show, which is Sarah-Village-Idiot-Palin, and Michael-Tap-Dancin-Fool-Steele, the more the general public will take these clowns serious.

    But, what do I care, I'm voting to re-elect the only man I trust in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 13, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. gary davis harbor oregon

    well STEELE you are working for the good ole' boys purist and you must give all your money to the party of NO LOL some day you will wake up and find that you are stupid . but until then you make me laugh all day long LOL 🙂 dip stick .. maybe you and idiot Palin can work together dumb and dumber

    January 13, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Fewer GOPPERS and Conservatives in 2010, then on to extinction by 2012. See ya, buh-bye, don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya!!!

    January 13, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Gary

    If he has to turn over the book, does he have to give them the crayons too?

    January 13, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Steele is an arrogant moron

    January 13, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Tim in NC

    I've said it a hundred times now, He's nothing more than the RNC's tool to "show" they are just as racially "with it" as the Dems...

    Now that Race isn't a worrying factor for the Reps, their slowly pushing Steele out. The only reason they don't just replace him is that would undo all the hard work and racial-spin that Steele's term has represented for the RNC.

    January 13, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Jill, California

    Steele is interested in promoting one thing: Steele.

    January 13, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |

    Steele kept talking about hitting the reset button, for once I have to agree with him. The RNC should hit the reset button on Mr. Steele and find someone who is at least credible for the job. This guy is a joke.

    January 13, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Anthony Perez

    It only goes to show that before you start criticizing the other party make sure yours is up to the task of doing things correctly. we need to remember that the Republicans have led us down this path with the help of some Democrats, and neither side seems to get it.
    There are those of us who suffer yet both sides of the aisles continue to fvor big business and forget that we the people elect them to office. Neither Rep nor Dem can claim the upper hand and both sides better learn to deal with the issues in a non partisan way. And besides its time for Michael Steele to resign.

    January 13, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Forgive me, but now you're reporting on something that HAS NOT HAPPENNED???? How do you do that?

    January 13, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Meka

    We All have to KEEP IN MIND . . . The GOP doesn't believe in MULTI-TASK!


    January 13, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. VON BISMARK -Vienna

    Poor Steele,stand still and steel yourself against your so-called comrades.

    January 13, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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