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RNC Chair Priebus: Weiner Should Resign

This makes RNC Chair Reince Priebus the highest-ranking political figure to urge New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign after yesterday’s surreal, bombshell of a press conference.

All eyes will now be on whether other GOP heavy-hitters join in; and if Democrats reverse their call on having the House Ethics Committee investigate before they pass any further judgement.

One gets the feeling that being New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s protege may be the only thing keeping Weiner politically alive at this moment.  Weiner was once a spokesman for Schumer and now sits in the senior senator from New York’s old congressional seat.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign from Congress on Tuesday, a day after the New York Democrat admitted trading sexually explicit photos and text messages with a half-dozen women over a period of years.

“Congressman Weiner’s actions and deception are unacceptable and he should resign,” Mr. Priebus said. “We do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately, we need a resignation.”

Republicans are stepping up pressure on Democratic leaders to force Mr. Weiner’s resignation a day after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) called for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Mr. Weiner violated House rules in sending these pictures and messages. Mr. Weiner said on Monday that he has no plans to resign.

“Either Leader Pelosi and (Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie) Wasserman Schultz believe members of Congress are held to a different set of standards or they believe these actions demand his resignation,” Mr. Priebus said.

Mr. Weiner, who is married, admitted Monday to a pattern of trading sexually explicit notes with women all over the country and lying about one recent photo he sent to a student in Seattle in an effort to cover it up.

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Reince Priebus Hands CNN Anchor Her Lunch

Best part, when RNC Chairman Reince Priebus counters that it is the media which is pushing the “Birther” issue (they are) and CNN’s Carol Costello stammers a defense, Reince goes, “Then why did you invite me on to talk about the birth certificate issue again?”

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Chairman Priebus

Congrats to good friend of the blog (and its author) Reince Priebus for being elected as the Republican National Committee Chairman yesterday at the Committee’s Annual Winter Meetings.

I’ve been back out in the DC area interviewing and job hunting for the past few weeks, so I got to watch the vote live at the really beautiful Gaylord National Harbor Resort just outside of DC on the Maryland side of the Potomac.  It’s been quite an amazing ride for Wisconsin Republicans this past year, and yesterday was in a way the capstone of all those achievements.

During the vote, I caught up with friends I hadn’t seen in a couple years; networked (It is DC after all), and finally met  Reince’s lovely wife Sally and his mother who was beaming with pride for her son.  To paraphrase a famous Republican from Wisconsin, it sure is a great time to be one.

(Especially if you’re in or from Wisconsin.)

No doubt all who know Reince and call him friend are thinking back to when they first met or chatted with now the world’s most famous lawyer from Kenosha.  For me, it was in 2005 at Sheboygan at the State GOP Convention when I was covering it for this blog as the only press on the traditionally dull last day of state convention.  Reince was walking past with his then-infant son Jack in his stroller.  I said “Hi,” and we struck up a conversation.

As the congratulations (or spite in some cases) come pouring in from all across the political spectrum, I was shocked to see how one of the more classy statements was from a place most Wisconsin conservatives don’t look first for class.  Mike Tate, Priebus’ opposite number at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, offered this statement upon Priebus’ election as National GOP Chairman.

“Congratulations to Reince Priebus. I will miss our spirited – and civil – debates on the direction of our state and our nation. While we don’t agree politically, I am grateful for his generous spirit during the hard-fought campaign season behind us – and in the hard-fought campaigns yet to come. And while of course we don’t wish him luck, we do wish the first national party chairman from Wisconsin well in his new endeavor.”

Tate sees what probably a lot who have observed or worked in Wisconsin politics see, that this is a huge moment for our state.  A state we all love and care about, even if we have different views on what’s best for her.

Congratulations to Reince once again.

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Why Wisconsin GOPers Backs Reince for Chair

Freshly sworn-in Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Ashland) says it all. (H/T Politico)

The RNC Winter Meetings kick off today and will culminate on Friday with the Chairman’s election.

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Steele to Announce RNC Chair Plans

Word is he announces he will not seek a second term as Chairman of the GOP. Given how much of his support has been scuttled in the last month by the Gentry Collins letter and Priebus announcement, that probably seems wise.

Better he leave on the perceptional high note of taking back the House and positioning the party to possibly take back the Senate.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is expected to announce he will drop out of the highly contested race to keep his post, sources told FoxNews.com on Sunday.

Fox News has confirmed Steele sent an e-mail to committee members Saturday night with the subject line, “conference call.”

In the note, he asked members to join him “for a private conference call” Monday evening.

Republicans picked up 63 seats in the House, narrowed the gap in the Senate and picked up 19 state legislative bodies in the November midterm election, but pressure has been mounting all year for Steele to step down from the position.

Critics have described the chairman as gaffe-prone and said he hasn’t raised enough money. The criticism has resulted in an array of challenges for Steele’s job from Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, former RNC Co-Chairwoman Ann Wagner, longtime Republican official Maria Cino, former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis and former RNC Political Director Gentry Collins.

The fierce competition will end next month with the selection of a chairman for the 2012 election cycle.

Anuzis and Priebus are already in the contest with Collins weighing when to announce.  Cino, who has the support of former Vice President Dick Cheney and many former RNC staffers from the early part of the decade during the Ed Gillespe days, is expected to officially announce her candidacy sometime this week.

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Priebus to Run for RNC Chair

Reince for Chair!

Dear Fellow RNC Members,

After careful consideration, prayer and encouragement from many, I have decided to run for RNC Chairman.

The RNC must be at its best during this next election cycle.  There is too much at risk for our Party and, more importantly, for our country. That is why I am running for Chairman.

It is not just Republicans that have a lot at stake. This next election is about the entire direction of our country.  Our country cannot afford a second term of President Obama and Democrat control of the U.S. Senate and possibly the House.  Fortunately, our victories in 2010 put us in a position to put a stop to the Obama Administration’s liberal agenda.  We must capitalize on the 2012 election cycle in order to get our country back on the right track.  However, this won’t happen without significant changes at the RNC.

It is not just about fundraising. It is not just about communicating our message. It is not just about standing up for our conservative values and Party Platform. It is not just about putting together successful victory programs.  It must be all those things to win in 2012.

As Chairman of the Wisconsin GOP, I did all those things and more. We built coalitions. We brought in Tea Party activists and we worked well together. I assembled and led an exceptional team in Wisconsin.  We recruited good conservative candidates who are reflective of the GOP Young Guns sweeping our country. We raised the money needed for victory.

In this historic election, Wisconsin Republicans also achieved tremendous success. And the Party was an integral part of victory in all of our campaigns.  Simply put, Wisconsin enjoyed one of the biggest Republican victories in the country and we flipped just about everything from blue to red.

When I took over as Chairman we started with just about nothing and now we just celebrated arguably the greatest Republican victory in the history of our state.

I will run a tight ship at the RNC.  I will keep expenses low.  I will put in strong and serious controls.  We will raise the necessary funds to make sure we are successful.  We will work to regain the confidence of our donor base and I will personally call our major donors to ask them to rejoin our efforts at the RNC.

I will continue to maintain and build good relationships with RNC Membership, House and Senate Republican Leadership, Republican Governors and all Republicans from the grassroots, local and national levels.

I will promote our Party Platform.  As a fiscal and social conservative, I strongly support our Party’s core principles.  I will fight for our Party and work to strengthen and grow it.

We need to unify the RNC. This campaign for RNC Chairman is about all of us.  I plan to run a “member-to-member” campaign.  And I will come out and see as many of you as I can personally. Together we can bring back strong leadership at the RNC and continue to help change the direction of our country.

I thought hard about whether now was the time to run. My mother was born in Sudan and my father was a union electrician.  They both taught me to be honest and that nothing was more important than faith in God and working hard.  I grew up in Wisconsin where the Republican Party was born.

My wife, Sally, and I met in high school and our first date was a Lincoln Day Dinner! We have two young children – Jack (5) and Grace (9 months). America’s future is their future too.  I want you to know Sally and the kids are on board and will move with me to Washington for the two-year term so that we can do this as a family.

For me, being State Chairman isn’t a title – it’s a mission. As Chairman of the RNC, I will assume that same laser focus. Less drama, more hard work, more results and more focus on winning. That is my pledge to you and I humbly ask for your support.

I first met Reince in 2004, but got to know him in 2005 when the State GOP Convention was in Sheboygan.  He’s been a good friend, a great father, and an outstanding chairman for the Wisconsin GOP when many thought it was left for dead after the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.

Hopefully, he gets that chance to do for the national GOP what he’s helped accomplish for Wisconsin conservatives and Republicans.  Best of luck “Mr. Chairman.”

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