RNC Plans Watered-Down Purity Test

Measure would only require party-switchers return RNC funds
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2010 8:00 PM CST
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Though the strict so-called “purity test” will still be on the table at next week’s annual conference of the Republican National Committee, it’ll be on the same ballot as a weaker measure that would merely require candidates to return RNC funds if they switch parties. The same member proposed both, but Jim Bopp tells the Frum Forum that the new “accountability resolution” is a nod to opposition from party moderates.

“It’s a very fluid situation and we want to present as many options as possible in order to gain support for one or both to accomplish our goals,” Bopp adds, admitting that the milder measure indeed aims to broaden the spectrum of beliefs within the GOP.

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