November 19th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Sessions tapped to take over NRCC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Pres. Bush addressed a meeting of the NRCC in 2007. The GOP group is now headed by Rep. Pete Sessions."]
(CNN) – In another sign of the Republican Party’s efforts to regroup after multiple losses on Election Day, the National Republican Congressional Committee is now under new leadership.

Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas is now in charge of GOP efforts to win back a majority in the House of Representatives.

“Today marks a new beginning for the NRCC,” Session said in a statement released after his election Wednesday. “I will build an aggressive, energized, and modernized NRCC by immediately working to strengthen fundraising, implement strategic candidate recruitment, update messaging and technology, and create organizational strength and long-term strategies to secure a Republican Majority.”

Sessions takes over after Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma decided not to seek reelection as head of the GOP committee.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Barbara in NC

    Ha ha ha ha ha – a new beginning with old lies and old white men

    November 19, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Annjell

    It doesn't matter what the NRCC does, the damage may be permanent.

    Besides, the daily messages coming from Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Levin, Bay & Pat Buchanan, and just yesterday Newt Gingrich on O'Reilly calling the prop 8 protesters Gay and Secular Facists!!!!! This is worst than Foot in Mouth Disease.

    It seems everytime they open their mouth, something vile and hateful come out. They are so out-of-touch.

    NRCC, remember the old saying "Garbage in, Garbage Out."

    November 19, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Question: What does a republican and a law obiding citizen have in common?

    Answer: Absolutely nothing

    November 19, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. ROC

    The Party of Oil is terrified.

    Gotta win back the majority in 2010 and slow down renewable energy plan if we want to keep on selling oil.

    November 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. EW

    Hmmm. Since there are still Republicans in the house and senate wouldn't that mean that Democrats suffered multiple losses as well?

    November 19, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Vicki5

    So he is the one from Texas who fixes the races there all the time.

    November 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Jean2

    Texas is not the place, that is Bush Country.
    Republicans need to address the present and the future. Wake up!!!

    November 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |

    the tragic comedy goes on....

    November 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. BTGH, Streamwood, IL

    Hope he changes those stupid NRCC questionaires/fundraising mailers.

    I mean, are there any Republicans who actually believe that those questionaires really have any effect on GOP strategy or policy?

    His first order of business should be to stop the NRCC from insulting our intelligence.

    November 19, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    Here Is A Suggestion . . . If You Want To Get Back To Being In The Majority . . . Start Off By Getting Yourself A Good Community Organizer!

    November 19, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |

    Yeah – Good luck w/that one. It will be a cold day, before the repugs see the light of day. No one will forget or be allowed to forget how bad things have become in the last 8 years.

    November 19, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Charles

    Ha! Bush sunk the Republicans' ship–and almost the US too. They don't need to rebuild, they need to start from scratch and get in touch with the people.

    November 19, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Gene

    Here's where they can start...

    Start inviting and including people of all ages, sexes, races, and religions, so that your meetings stop looking like a clan meeting and start looking like a realistic segment of today's society. Stop letting the bible dictate your policies and start listening to mainstream Americans. You preach you want less government, but the one place you want to put more government is in our bedrooms.

    In short... get a clue. We're not living in the 50's anymore. Stop running your party based on empty moral values speeches and start providing actual solutions to our problems.

    November 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Red, Red WHINE!!

    GOP: Greedy Old People

    Your time is up, we know who you are, and we can't stand your anti american policies founded upon corruption, deception and fear mongering. Go find another country, we don't want your kind here any more.

    November 19, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. tennisguypitt

    History is not on the Republican's side here. There is more than one example of a Republican messing up the economy and a democrat cleaning it up...

    Bill Clinton and FDR are my examples. Does anyone else have any?

    November 19, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Gracie

    RE-BUILD WHAT? That's the problem with these fools. They STILL don't get it. It's not about re-building. It's about "CLEANING HOUSE" and moving into the 21st Century!!!

    These OLD WHITE MEN have been stuck back in the cave days while the rest of the world has moved on. Jesus, do we need to DRAW them a picture?

    The NRNC has been doing nothing but chasing their own tail......and until they get a clue, they will continue to chase their own tail.

    November 19, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    A new beginning to me would be to start seperation from the likes of Rush, Sean and the religious right that hijacked your party and made it have such a lack of diversity that many young people have little interest in it. Also try to make your party look like what REAL America looks like, and from what I saw you all had in St. Paul this year that was FAR from the demographics of our nation. If you want to learn something from the Dems, learn that diversity does work.

    November 19, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. An Independent

    I'm not sure what CNN has against me, but I don't think I've EVER had a comment get past "moderation".

    This is probably a waste of time, but here goes...

    The Republicans just keep digging their hole deeper. Sessions is a prime example of the kind of extremists that have made independents like me vote more and more for Democrats.

    Against anything that would benefit the environment, against any practical solution to immigration problems, against embryonic stem cell research, against preserving individual liberties and common decency (by favoring the so-called Patriot Act, refusing to limit torture of detainees, opposing a woman's right to choose etc.)

    He's one of the angry mob of fire-breathing extremist Republicans that are destroying the party. Putting him in charge is going to prevent the party from making the changes they need to make to become mainstream again.

    Maybe the few remaining reasonable Republicans will split off and form another party dedicated to wise fiscal policy and preservation of individual liberties – you know, the things the Republican party used to stand for. I'd love that because then I'd have a viable option if (when) the Democrats get corrupted by power and start losing sight of what's good for the country in the long-term like the Republicans have.

    November 19, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Mike Dallas

    Yeah, Pete, hunker down with all those religious fascists in the party. Cater to their needs only. Only talk about religion and social culture war issues. Continue to believe America is heading to the far right. Disregard the fact that the party presented a RINO and a Bible thumper and America left both and flocked to the most liberal Senator in Congress, so continue to believe you lost because you were not conservative enough, thats the ticket.. Keep nuturing the rabid right.

    Please! Pretty please!

    November 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. happy thanksgiving

    the republicans stoped putting america first and america spoke loud and clear, and said, we don't want you any more.

    November 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. aaa

    another crook from texas GOP is done!!!

    November 19, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Texas Teacher

    "New Beginning? Looks like an Ending to me!," she said gleefully! 🙂

    November 19, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |