RNC’s Jim Bopp authors purity resolution for Republican candidates

David Weigel at The Washington Independent reports on the latest resolution being pushed by Republican National Committee member Jim Bopp, the Indiana RNC member who admonished Chairman Michael Steele to embrace the word “socialists” in referring to Democratic lawmakers. Steele at the time was using the word “collectivists” and Bopp insisted that that word just plain lacked pejorative punch. Bopp’s latest resolution is a purity test, meant to shore up GOP orthodoxy and prevent future NY-23 disasters by requiring that candidates agree to at least seven of 10 issue promises in order to receive financial support from the RNC. No big government. No stimulus. No abortion. Etc.

The question: Have Colorado purists Tom Tancredo and Josh Penry made solo-GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Scott McInnis endorse the Bopp resolution? Text after the jump:


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee identifies ten (10) key public policy positions for the 2010 election cycle, which the Republican National Committee expects its public officials and candidates to support:

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership; and be further

RESOLVED, that a candidate who disagrees with three or more of the above stated public policy position of the Republican National Committee, as identified by the voting record, public statements and/or signed questionnaire of the candidate, shall not be eligible for financial support and endorsement by the Republican National Committee.

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