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Contary to recent comments from the RNC, the money shows that Steele is in excellent shape.

Although Chairman Michael Steele had come under some recent fire from a few members of the Republican National Committee, there was considerable evidence that he was in excellent political shape as the RNC began its winter meeting in Hawaii last week. RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen told us earlier that the party has more than $10 million in the bank and no debts “and we got the most donations after the wins in Virginia and New Jersey [races for governor] in November.”

Indiana National Committeeman James Bopp, Jr. was adamant in pushing a resolution that would bar donations from the committee to candidates who did not meet conservative standards on eight out of ten issues, including abortion, healthcare reform, climate change, and illegal immigration. But where the 168-member committee was primarily on the right-of-center on these and most issues, many members were reluctant to impose standards on their candidates. Noting that a meeting of 25 state chairmen unanimously opposed the Bopp resolution, Colorado State Chairman Dick Wadhams told HUMAN EVENTS. “There is strong sentiment against having the national party dictating who the states can nominate.” Wadhams added that he “has not encountered much discussion critical of Michael Steele. It is hard to argue with the results of Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts.”

Connecticut State Chairman Chris Healy agreed. As for the Bopp resolution, Healy told us: “There was a time when [New York’s liberal Govs.] Nelson Rockefeller and Tom Dewey ran the party. How would a litmus test have been fair then? We must grow the party and not micromanage it into a marginalized sect.”

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ?ť and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ?ť and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â?ť video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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