FrumForum’s Tim Mak lands an exclusive interview with the recently deposed chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele. Speaking in regard to the new chairman Reince Priebus — the former general counsel under Steele — the ex-chairman says, “I know exactly how Caesar felt.” Read more here.
Newly elected chairman Reince Priebus has fired the 2012 convention staff. In a statement to the press, Priebus writes:
“We are committed to holding a world-class 2012 Republican National Convention that will be worthy of the next President of the United States. There are some changes that need to be made to ensure a successful convention. Those changes start today. I have discontinued the employment of the convention liaison and the employees of the Committee on Arrangements, effective immediately. I look forward to bringing on top-notch staff and planning a convention that all Republicans, especially our 2012 Presidential nominee, can be proud of.”
Reince Priebus spoke to the press after winning the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.
“First of all my name is Reince Priebus,” he joked, stressing the pronunciation of his name. “We need to build on the success we had in 2010,” he added.
Asked how serious the RNC debt is, priebus responded, “we’re looking at least $20 million in debt.” Despite those troubles Priebus thanked the other candidates, especially Michael Steele.Challenged on his experience, Priebus noted “Wisconsin is a target state.”
“We’re going to take the executive committee and they’re going to be the transition committee.” Asked how relevant the RNC is in the days of 527s, Priebus maintained the GOP would raise $400 million in the next cycle.Priebus then ran back into the Potomac ballroom to continue the RNC winter meeting.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich issued the following statement reacting to the election of Reince Priebus as RNC Chairman:
“Reince Priebus will be an extremely effective RNC Chairman. His victories and accomplishments as Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party were extraordinary and I am confident that the national Republican Party will find similar success under his leadership.”
“Reince Priebus’ election as RNC Chairman is a major step toward making Obama a one term President.”
“I am so blessed,” Priebus said as he took the helm of the RNC. ”We can’t wait to get to work.”
Priebus thanked GOPl eaders from his home state of Wisconsin, including Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan. He also thanked the other candidates, and Michael Steele in particular.”We have to get on track and together we can beat Barack Obama in 2012. . . . We must come together,” he said. Priebus later said he would serve “in humility.”
“Together we must lead the way to a better committee and a better America.” Priebus said the RNC was the “board of directors” and he the “CEO”, but that all members were employees of GOP voters. “With this new focused leadership, the RNC will move forward.”