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With Republicans seemingly on a roll after election victories in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia and prospects of major seat pickups in the House and Senate come November, a motion that New Jersey RNC member David A. Norcross once contemplated introducing was dropped altogether.

The abandoned motion would have directed Mr. Steele to stop touring the country to promote his book, redirected all proceeds from book sales to the RNC, and it would have banned speech-making for personal financial gain.

Most RNC members thought the motion would have embarrassed Mr. Steele and given the Democrats ammunition against the Republicans in this fall’s elections.

State party officials attending the RNC annual winter meeting in Honolulu said the resolution would make it unlikely a Republican chairman would support liberals such as Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who bolted from the GOP last year to become a Democrat, and Dee Dee Scozzafava, the New York state lawmaker who won RNC financial support for a U.S. House seat.

Opposed by “tea party” activists and other independents, as well as by conservative Republicans, Mrs. Scozzafava quit last November’s contentious race for New York’s 23rd congressional district seat and endorsed her Democratic former opponent.

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Ralph Z. Hallow

Ralph Z. Hallow

Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.


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