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New RNC Chair Comes Out Firing

January 19, 2011 by  

New RNC chair comes out firingNew Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus has wasted little time in shaking up his staff.

Following Priebus' victory on Jan. 14 — when he defeated four other candidates, including incumbent Michael Steele — the former Wisconsin RNC leader announced several personnel changes over the weekend. He fired the convention liaison and members of the Committee on Arrangements, which is the panel responsible for planning the Republican National Convention.

In a written statement, Priebus justified the recent moves by saying that his team is "committed to holding a world-class 2012 Republican National Convention that will be worthy of the next President of the United States." The convention liaison, Belinda Cook, was hired by Steele, who has been criticized for his inadequate fundraising efforts as the RNC accrued more than $20 million in debt.

Priebus was elected after seven rounds of voting last week, with Steele conceding after four rounds. According to the National Journal, Steele dropped his bid after being offered a lucrative deal by Maria Cino's camp. Cino, a former George W. Bush administration official, finished third in the race.

Committee insiders claimed that Steele agreed to support Cino after being offered a salary that would have exceeded the RNC chairman's pay, which is $224,500 per year. Sources could not confirm whether the deal included any guarantees for future employment for Steele, according to the news provider.

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  • J.M.R.

    he had better shake up all the rino’s in the party

    • Earl, QUEENS, NY

      I agree with J.M.R. The GOP needs to rid itself of RINOs like Lisa Murkowski, and Republicrats who too often cross the aisle and side with the liberal democraps. 2012 is probably the most critical presidential election in history. If BHO gets re-elected, we’ll never reverse the damage which he and his democraps have done over the past 2 years. Hopefully voters will wise up, but the GOP needs to get its act together, and not repeat the 2008 error of nominating such a poor candidate as McCain. What we really need is a bold outspoken Reagan/Palin like conservative who can win!!

    • surrelam

      Every time I am petitioned to contribute, I tell them, “I will NOT contribute until REAL conservatives are in the offing. No more RINOs, no more BUSHES, no more SNOWES”.

  • theodorej

    Greetings…. The new broom indeed sweeps clean…Notwithstanding the parties responsibility to vet winning candidates,it is my feeling that the GOP has a responability to vet sitting candidates incliuding the present occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania ave….Let us see the neccessary documents and put this charade to an end…Mr Boehner has the authority to resolve this issue regardless of his personal opinions…As Joe Friday says “Just the Facts Mam”

    • Harold Olsen

      Mr Boehner has the authority but does he have the courage? I don’t think this Weeping Willy DOES have the courage. I have little confidence in the new congress. In the two or three weeks they’ve been in charge they have done little or nothing to convince me that they are any different from what we have had in the past. So far, business as usual.

      • Bill

        Unfortunately, you are correct. It will take another election cycle to completely get rid of the goalong and getalong mentality. However, democrats all over the country are switching parties to preserve their jobs and benefits, so the much needed change may not happen.

  • jopa

    Reince Priebus; Take all the vowels out of his name and you have RNC PR BS. What a coincidence.How could his mother have known.

    • ONTIME

      Excellent observation. You are a Sudoku fan?

      Maybe Reince’s mom is a distant Founding Fathers family member.

      • Carlucci

        Good one, jopa!!

    • shar


  • jopa

    JMR; All the republicans were just shaken up by the lobbyists in Baltimore last week.They were reminded of the campaign funding they received and if they want to keep there job here is what we want.The Democrats are just as guilty.Talk about a deal where 400 thousand dollars can buy a 700 billion dollar tax cut.Who pays? Me and you.

  • Norm

    So… he’s a self-aggrandizing hypocrite and opportunist who’s connected to Haley “perfect Republican” Barbour, who has been involved in racist voter suppression, who, like his former boss, is fully capable of making appalling gaffes, and who is an ideological extremist who adheres to far-right (but mainstream GOP) positions on social and economic issues and loves the Tea Party?

    Wow. Does it get any better than that?

  • http://charter howe

    My disappointment with Steele is his jitterbug style of heading the RNC. He was too invisible in some of the most highly contested debates. His office never had a way to respond to ideas and criticisms from the conservative base. The fact that he stepped down from his re-election campaign to accept a higher paying job from Maria Cino who finished third in the voting, tells me that Steele was in it for himself. Steele was not able to create adhesiveness among the splintered ranks of the Republicans to stop the liberal machine and most importantly he was a failure at Campaign fund solicitation. He had his staff send letters out to the base stating the same thing over and over again. Mr. Steele came across as a person who expected the base to support his efforts because he was in charge and it was the republican way or the highway. Mr. Steele was long on slick willy articulation and short on bringing ideas to the table for the GOP to strategize on. My hope and prayer is that the new RNC chair Mr. Priebus changes the game plan and finds ways to strenthen the conservative candidates and support for the Tea Party movement. I spent 29 years in the miltary thinking that everyone in Congress supported the Constitution, but to my rude awakening, I find that the Socialist Democratic movement driven by Obama, Pelosi and Reid are slowly but surely nationalizing everything for the big takeover. I hope that everyone in the land votes on 2 Nov 2012 to oust these covert commies.

    • Bill

      Michael Steele had no portfolio for his appointment. He was the product of affirmative action in a vain attempt to win minority voters. Instead, he alienated everybody.

  • http://com i41

    Since the Nazi Soros Socialist Union Party have Wall Street as their private funding source if George runs low on funds. There isn’t any doubt of what allegance this group will choose. They dug up a marxist muslim moron to place in office, even though he had stated his veiws in his books, had a proven anti USA blatter. Don’t forget his disstinct love of dictatoral pukes, like Alinski, Marx, and beleif in the UN control. I didn’t like Steele, but he must have done some things right that fit in with everyone clear veiw of socialism run amuck, with democraps in total control.. Preibus must be doing something useful, 2 more slub soros socialists have announced they are not running. Probably become lobbyists or move to some other worthless agency government job.

  • http://Facebook Lawrence N Belfer

    Stop the Bail-Outs.


    R.P. may become Prince Riebus if he can rid the RINO’s with a dangerous species spray, speak plainly about crime in American politics and still collect loot legally for the RNC, this juggling act may get him a Amrica’s finest award but there is some doubt…so Riebus get out there and show us who you is.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest SHARON FANGOHR HODLE

    Human tears are special! No other animal cries with real wet tears because of emotion…happiness, sadness, joy, pain, tragedy. Indeed, God’s species called homo sapien is not only outstanding–but stands alone in this regard. Our emotions run deep inside us like quiet rivers…but our tears well up, spring forth and defy our apathy. And who wants an apathetic House Speaker? Certainly, I don’t and I applaud Mr. Boehner’s very deep-seated convictions and personal struggles that yield tears. Speaker Boehner cares deeply about his hard-won position and his tears smack only of… COURAGE.

  • Steve

    If republicans will just quit doing everything wrong maybe we’ll have a chance to win in 2012. I can’t help but think back to McCain……… What an unbelieveable idiot he was and Obama used it against him to perfection. No chance to win like that. I did vote for Palin, not McCain but she can’t win either next time. You need to have charisma these days. No charisma, don’t apply for the job. Did everyone see Obama’s approval rating is back up over 50% now? Unbelievable! He will be hard to beat even with 10% unemployment and inflation. Are people stupid or has God sent a deluding spirit so people can’t see the truth. I wonder because people had to overlook a truck load of red flags in order to elect Obama. It’s like people see what they want to see. Maybe he hypnotises them with his big freaken ears?


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