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Priebus has generally high marks from senior Republicans for raising significant money.
So, it appears the current RNC chairman is supported not because of his principles or his leadership and guidance in furthering a principled cause. No, the pursuit of raising money to secure the power in an antiquated and aging rEpublican power base is of primary consideration. That and balancing the budget.
Mr. Priebus, a regular talking head on Fox News, is supported for his ability to raise significant money. Gee, who would have figured? Forgive me all you faithful GOP'ers but perhaps it is time to rethink your priorities. Money is important, it is after all the means to an end. However, principles must precede the end, if you know what I mean.
Election 2008 and 2012 highlights the truth of my immediately preceding statement.
POLITICO - RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told party officials Friday that he will run for a second two-year term in January and already has locked down support from most of the committee, POLITICO has learned.
Moving to pre-empt any potential challenge, Priebus sent an email message touting his support to the 168 state chairs and committee members that make up the Republican National Committee.
“I am humbled by the over 130 RNC Members who I have talked to who have pledged their support and public endorsement for me to continue on as Chairman so we can finish the job that we started and continue to grow our Party,” Priebus wrote, making clear before the Thanksgiving holiday week that he would stand for reelection.
He added: “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. “
Priebus, a former Wisconsin GOP chair, had been expected to try to keep his post. Despite the GOP’s election drubbing, he’s gotten generally high marks from senior Republicans for raising significant money and largely avoiding the sort of gaffes that plagued his predecessor at the committee.
There has been little speculation about potential challengers to Priebus, although Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere, also an RNC vice chairman, raised eyebrows earlier this week when he asked for input about “how we can improve our efforts.”
In his email, Priebus didn’t name former GOP Chairman Michael Steele but referred to the state of the committee in January of 2011.
“The RNC was over $22 million in debt with almost no cash on hand; much of our donor base lost confidence and stopped contributing to the RNC,” he wrote.
But Priebus made no mention of the sweeping GOP victories that preceded his tenure and referred only obliquely to the party’s disappointing election earlier this month.
Okay then, Priebus is not a visionary with principles, but apparently he understands how to balance the budget of a special interest group.
Call me a cynic, because I am.