The Republican National Committee has a new, young chairman after 7 ballots. Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus has been elected the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, offering a fresh face and the promise of a new management style for the party as it gears up for the 2012 presidential election cycle. Mr. Priebus defeated four other candidates, including incumbent Chairman Michael Steele, the former Maryland lieutenant governor who was denied a bid for a second two-year term. The voting Friday afternoon was the climax of the three-day annual winter meeting of the 168-member RNC held just south of Washington, D.C., in Maryland's Prince George's County. Mr. Priebus, whose candidacy was widely seen as having the support of influential Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former RNC chairman, won on the seventh ballot, after a spirited campaign in which Mr. Steele's rivals Read more
Both parties are in debt after going all out for 2010. Interestingly, it only seems an issue on the GOP side where opponents are grasping for ammunition to unseat Chairman Steele.
There is a dust up over minor remarks by National Republican Committee Chairman Michael Steele in which he called the War in Afghanistan a war of Obama's choosing (refering to the surge and refocus from Iraq). He noted correctly that over the centuries not foreign power has conquered the land through a land war. The Neo Con faction of the party is demanding that Steele resign. Bill Crystal, Liz Cheney, and Charles Krauthammer are leading the charge. Readers here know that I support the President's resolve to winning this war so that we can come home and not go back latter when hundreds or thousands of Americans have died again. General Petraeus put it well when he said that we are in this to win it. On this I agree with the Neo Cons. Where I am disagreeing with them is the idea that a little noted comment which was retracted by the RNC before the digital ink could dry Read more
RNC Chairman Michael Steele's crack down on lax financial practices at the RNC have become public. Steele had quietly had an internal audit conducted. Now the Report is in. It is not pretty, but it allows the GOP to get its act together before the mid-terms. The investigation found that the Republican Party's national governing body is losing money on its major-donors' fundraising program -- spending $1.09 for each $1.00 raised, according to RNC members privy to the investigation's findings. It typically costs about 40 cents for every dollar raised from donors who give more than $1,000. The investigation also found that the RNC has allowed employees to forge Finance Director Rob Bickhart's initials on expense-reimbursement request approvals, according to an RNC member who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. The RNC's top elected and appointed management Read more
Karl Rove and company are taking advantage of RNC missteps and Launching American Crossroads to fund candidates across America. I wondered why Mr. Rove would be publicly discouraging people from giving to the RNC until I found out that he launched his own organization. Since the questions about RNC financing Republicans have gained on the generic ballot for all Americans and hold steady with likely voters. 54% of American likely voters favor repeal of health care deform and now voters trust Republicans far more than Democrats on this issue 53 to 37%. The health care vote also destroyed trust in Democrats to deal with the abortion issue (down to 32% for Dems) and taxes are also an 18 point advantage for Republicans. Read more
You knew it was only a matter of time. The staffer responsible for the infamous strip club reimbursement approval is gone. She had been warned before about watching what she approved. The RNC needs an internal auditor on staff who has the power and clout to tighten the belt. The story is far less interesting than Time or the Daily Call thought it would be. I know the media is disappointed that no roads lead to Steele. From the AP: An RNC memo says the Jan. 31 outing to Voyeur West Hollywood involved several members of the "Young Eagles" GOP group who had been in Los Angeles for a meeting. An unnamed staffer, who had been warned that such activities did not qualify for reimbursement, has been fired, said the memo from RNC chief of staff Ken McKay. The club features topless dancers and bondage outfits. It's meant to be "risque and provocative" and "a combination of intimidation Read more
Update:The Employee who submitted the nightclub expense is paying it back. Just as a note it was not Chairman Steele. We are in a war for the heart and soul of this nation. Our leaders need to act like it. I am not asking them to slum it, but... Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele travels in style. A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex. RNC trips to other cities produced bills from a long list of chic and costly hotels such as the Venetian and the M Resort in Las Vegas, and the W (for a total of $19,443) in Washington. A midwinter trip to Hawaii cost the RNC $43,828, not including airfare. Steele Read more
Steele and Gingrich discuss a positive GOP strategy. As Chairman Steele transforms the image of the party from the party of no to the party of know. Gingrich discusses.