Announced Friday, Reince Priebus will seek another term as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Reported by the Daily Caller, Priebus emailed the 168 members of the committee to share the news, writing:
“When I return the week after Thanksgiving, I intend to make an official announcement that I am running to continue on as your Chairman, but I wanted to let you all know first.”
Emerging as a key player in the Republican party, Priebus has played an instrumental role in the committee. In accordance with the changing political landscape, the committee’s influence over the Republican political platform will be critical in redefining the GOP. As addressed on IVN last week, the 2012 election signaled the desperate need for evolution among the two major parties, with independent voters deciding key elections nationwide.
As Chairman of the RNC, his fundraising efforts resulted in over $50 million, effectively whiping out the RNC’s debt. Spending an estimated 70% of his time fundraising, the majority of his work has been in restoring relationships with donors. As reported by The Hill,
“He’s completely restored faith at the RNC amongst donors and activists, he’s been on message and he’s has done a great job raising money, which is the principal role of the RNC chairman,” said Ed Gillespie, who headed the committee in 2003 and 2004. “With Reince, it’s not about him — it’s about building the committee and the party.”
Prior to his term as Chairman, Priebus was the former head of the Wisconsin Republican party. His deep involvement in the Republican Party makes him a prime candidate for a leadership position on the national platform.
Praised for his “inclusiveness,” Priebus is shaping up to be a model for Republican leaders nationwide and, as noted by Saul Anuzis, a Michigan RNC committeeman who ran against Priebus for the RNC chairmanship, “He’s brought everybody in.”
His challenge now rests in including voters who have previously been turned away by the Republican Party. While he successfully restored many previously shaky relationships between donors and activists, the results of the 2012 election show he will have to spend his next term, if elected, working on voter outreach programs to better represent the diversity of the electorate.
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Bye, bye. Hope he's gone and I hope the door hits him in the butt on the way out.
Santorum? Cain? West? Why not go ahead and nominate Bush Sr. or Jr.? Geez...You folks have got to be joking! No more neocon, RINO crap!
A smart guy who uses his intellect to serve his personal interests, e.g. his building of relationships with the "big money donors" (whose political IQ is very low, but their interests are also self-serving.)
This man needs to go. If the party wants to remain relevant and not go the way of the Whigs it will begin to embrace Libertarian principals. It has no other choice.
Remember folks, this is the man who said Gary Johnson would be a "non-factor" as the GOP was working to invalidate the campaign. He is part of the Krauthammer, Hannity, Levin, Coulter crowd who believe the GOP is fine as is so as long as he is the chairman, the GOP will continue to lose.
I think he needs to be replaced.
Anyone who saw how he boxed Romney in when he seemed to stray from the hard-right view would understand he is the very centerpiece of the no-compromise anti-governance mess that bogs down the GOP.
They need someone who doesn't think "moderate" is a cuss word.
After what they pulled at the national convention he needs to go. You don't change and add rules mid stride just to make sure one voice is squashed and make your agenda the outcome.
He failed as its leader. He is out of touch with America..He has to go or the GOP will lose even more seats.
Hey Paul, why doesn't the Tea Party break off and form their own party instead of suckling at Mama GOP's teat? Because they know the party would collapse like a house of cards, without the GOP's money. Republicans need LESS Tea Party, not MORE!
Because he did such a bang-up job in his current term. Not only should he not seek another term, but Republicans should run him out of office with burning pitchforks! Talking about making changes is one thing; implementing them is quite another. Seeking a new RNC Chair would be a good start. Remember: the fish stinks from the head down.
Time to go, Reince. Conservatives need Comsetvative leadership. The Republican party doesn't deserve another go. The Tea Party needs to emerge
The GOP eats their own and does not stand for Conservative Principles. Both parties D & R are sellouts to money, greed, corruption, and special interests. They can care less about the American people. If he were to be retained based on performance, he needs to be fired!
Yeah, he did such a great job that past election He is such a bo bo let him do it again and they will lose again.
I heard him speak several times and wasn't impressed. Also, he should have made sure the Republicans had a ground game and encouraged them to state how they would do rather than what they would do if elected. All I ever heard was we will and rape crap. They also need to care about all the people instead of the rich white guys. He didn't argue effectively when he was on the talk shows trying to promote Rep. I don't think he believed in them anymore than I did. I think he did a job for the money and his heart wasn't in it.
Who cares what the corporate parties do.Republicans,Democrats,the corporations win and rule with either one.
Amen Ted! Their status quo is outdated. They need more Libertarian-leaning leaders if they have any hope of surviving. Rand Paul might be a good candidate to take up this role of "changing the message" of the party.
He stood up there and railroaded the entire grassroots, the GOP crumble even more, f the neocons, they are a dying breed
Maybe it isn't the face they need to change as much as the message? Even if you didn't like Reagan, he had an open tent philosophy about the party. Current GOP seems to want to eat anyone who has a notion of actually working with Dems on legislation.
David Earl Williams III Esther Howes You're more than entitled to your opinion, but in order to have a constructive dialogue, would you mind explaining why you think he is not qualified for the position or would not help move the party forward?
Republicans have the potential to appeal to independent voters, they're just not very good at it. They get themselves entangled in too many external issues that bring the party down. It's their leadership's job to make sure their message is sound and 2012 is an example of poor leadership. Not sure if Priebus had much to do with Republican ineffectiveness, though.
Let's see, under Steele Repubs gained seats in the House and Senate in unprecedented numbers. Under Preibus they gave much of that back; losing seats in the House, Senate, and the Presidency! The 2014 mid-terms may complete the transition to Democrat control. And he still thinks he's the one to lead the RNC?? Actually he should have resigned his Chairmanship by now!
I'm interested to see if there is any backlash against him internally during this campaign for chairmanship after the 2012 election results.
"Jane"; When your TEAM MASCOT is a Bitter, Sardonic, Mean and Nasty Character - it's an apt representation of HOW YOU WISH TO BE PERCEIVED.
When your TEAM MASCOT is a Bitter, Sardonic, Mean and Nasty Character - it's an apt representation of how you wish to be perceived.