One Republican state party leader – furious about the GOP "pile on" of Donald Trump – wants Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus to discipline the trash-talkers, the Washington Times reports.
Oregon GOP chairman Bill Currier is asking his state party's central committee to act on his resolution asking Priebus to pink-slip staff, consultants or vendors "who speak or work against" the GOP presidential nominee, the Times reports.
"Trump won the nomination in fair competition, and now that he is the nominee, the RNC should support him, including those we hire at every level," Currier tells the Times. "If we don’t do that, we have strayed from our mission."
The request comes amid reports of all-out war within the GOP and a slide in Trump's polling – and it will eventually take a toll, Oregon state GOP member Solomon Yue, who's co-sponsoring Currier's resolution, tells the Times.
"When Mitt Romney in 2012 made his self-deportation comment about illegal immigrants, I didn’t see pro-amnesty senators like Lindsey Graham and John McCain pile on," Yue tells the Times.
"And when Hillary Clinton lied about what FBI Director Jim Comey said about her, I didn’t see any Democratic senators pile on her either. So whey are we so eager to destroy one of our own?"
According to the Times, the RNC's rule book imposes a loyalty requirement on its 168 members, though firing a violator would be tough, Currier tells the Times.
"It’s a steeper hill to eject members elected by their state parties’ central committees than to fire staff or outside contractors," he adds. "It would take something egregious to bring the whole national committee to eject a member."
But the discipline is necessary, argues former Reagan White House aide Mary Ann Meloy.
"The RNC has the right and responsibility to require the loyalty and support of all employees for the candidates of the Republican Party," she tells the Times.
"Otherwise, the RNC would be failing in their responsibility and duty to the registered members of the Republican Party who have chosen the candidates."
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