GOP Brass Won't Co-Sign Dems' Civility Statement
RNC chief Steele won't be hemmed in
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2010 6:29 PM CDT
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele addresses an audience at Harvard University.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Republican National Committee executives won’t sign onto “civility” statement drafted by Democrats who wanted to issue it jointly, sources tell Politico. After recent violent threats against lawmakers of both parties, members of the Democratic National Committee brass reached out to their opposite numbers at the RNC in hopes chairman Michael Steele could be persuaded—but no dice.

Steele rejected the overtures, an RNC spokesman says, because “we don’t need to do anything on their schedule or on their timetable”—but more out of fears the Democrats would turn the statement against them later.