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Iowa’s Scheffler supports GOP ‘purity test’
Iowa Christian Alliance President and Republican National Committee member Steve Scheffler is among 10 co-sponsors of a resolution being circulated that aims to impose a conservative litmus test on potential GOP candidates.
The resolution, dubbed a “purity test” by the media, became public Monday. It lists 10 positions Republican candidates should support to demonstrate that they “espouse conservative principles and public policies” that are in opposition to “Obama’s socialist agenda.” Any Republican candidate who breaks with the guidelines of the resolution on three or more of these issues would be penalized by being denied party funds or the party endorsement.
Scheffler was elected to serve on the Republican National Committee during the Republican Party of Iowa’s 2008 convention. In a hotly contested election, he replaced the moderate candidate, Steve Roberts. The female position on the committee was won by Iowa Right to Life President Kim Lehman. Many saw these selections as the evangelical base asserting its authority within the party.