DNC Proposes “Joint Civility Statement” – RNC Refuses

Posted by | March 27, 2010 12:38 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Thomas Wellborn

The Democratic National Convention proposed a “civility” statement for the RNC to sign in good faith.  They have refused, according to POLITICO.

Republicans see the statement as an attempt to force them to either reject the statement – allowing Democrats to say the RNC finds the incidents acceptable – or to sign on to something that the DNC would later wield against them.

The proposed statement was faxed and hand-delivered to the RNC at midmorning Friday. POLITICO learned Friday afternoon that the RNC would not sign the DNC statement.

RNC Communications Director Doug Heye told POLITICO that Steele chose not to agree to the statement because “we don’t need to do anything on their schedule or on their timetable.”

“It’s very disappointing, but perhaps not surprising, that Chairman Steele, who authored a fundraising presentation that depicted the President as the Joker, the Speaker of the House as Cruella de Vil, raised money online showing the Speaker on fire and said she should be put before a firing squad would refuse to do a joint statement with Chairman Kaine to ratchet down the rhetoric and condemn the violence and threats which Republican supporters have engaged in since the passage of health reform,” Woodhouse said.

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