New RNC chairman tells House Republicans he'll listen
January 15th, 2011
03:01 PM ET
12 years ago

New RNC chairman tells House Republicans he'll listen

(CNN) - Appearing Saturday at a retreat for Congressmen in his party, newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spelled out his goals and philosophy in his effort to overhaul the committee, according to two GOP aides.

At the session in Baltimore, Maryland, Priebus said, "I believe what we need at the RNC, in my case, is less of self and more of everybody else," according to a House Republican aide.

Priebus, a former Wisconsin GOP chairman introduced to the group by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, told his fellow party members that he wants to earn their trust and build relationships in his first months on the job. He said that he would focus on paying off the debt accumulated by the RNC and establish regional finance chairs.

And, as one of his first acts of business, the new chairman said he plans to travel early next week to Tampa, Florida, to help turnaround that state's GOP operation.

Priebus won the race for chairman on Friday after seven rounds of voting, ousting former Chairman Michael Steele. House Speaker John Boehner had endorsed another contender, Maria Cino in the race, but quickly released a statement Friday night congratulating Priebus.

"Reince can count on my support as we work to ensure that Republican candidates have the resources and the ground game needed to win the battle of ideas with President Obama and his Democratic allies," Boehner said in the statement.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Dave

    .... the actual words muttered just before he hit the gavel to the podium....

    >> When I grow up I want a big hammer just like this ...... 😉

    Seriously, someone get that guy some steroids before he needs shoulder repair from swinging that wooden sledge hammer! ! That gavel is only slightly smaller than his head. Bigger is not always better!

    January 15, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Rob in Det

    I,m glad steel is gone! he was the best of the Republican party, but he served his purpose ,the man was a good token.

    January 15, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Whatever

    Is that oversized gavel overcompensating for a lack of something else?!!! LMBO

    January 15, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. rick

    A Republican emphasizing the group over self? What about your whole "individualism" mantra you GOPers so proudly proclaim.

    all a bunch of sheep.

    January 15, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler

    I just saw Pee Wee Herman on TV and thought I was watching a news clip of the RNC meeting.

    January 15, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Why does the crying tan man always talk about beating he left and not working with them to get us all what we want. He still thinks all the ideas of the right are good and the left is wrong. If one side is so wrong then there would not be another side. Does this guy have one common sense brain cell?

    January 15, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. vic nashville tn

    Ya he will listen to tea party only

    January 15, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. rusty155

    Want you need Is to get rid of Saran Palin ,she Is hurting the republican party. A lot Of of Republican are turning to be Independent because of Saran Palin. Beside she Unqualified to run for any PUBLIC OFFICE.

    January 15, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. indy

    Listen to what,Sarah Palin or Wall Street? Bankers and Oil Companys? What?

    January 15, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Kirk

    Steele was a racial reaction to the Dems having nominated Pres. Obama as the face of their party and Palin was to be the repugs equivalent to Sec. Clinton. Neither move worked as the have planned with those two voting groups. Steele id being tossed to the side like an unwanted child.

    January 15, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Because nothing says 'I'm your new leader for the republican party' like 'I'll just let others tell me what I should say and do.'

    January 15, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. fed123

    Finally! The RNC gets it white face before the public. Congradulations.

    January 15, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. DAVE

    All these comments on the RNC, and how they want it done, and not a Republican in the bunch! Dems, get your heads out of your butts, take a look at what the real majority want and fix your house!

    January 15, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. doug

    Get used to millions wanting you and your family killed, its the Democrat way.

    Republicans are against the Democrats socialism, hate, and racism, but never do they ever wish death to their fellow Americans based upon their ideology. The Democrats? well just listen to them talk about Palin, watch the movie they made about killing President Bush, check out the thousands of death threats Bristol Palin got from being on dancing with the stars, check out what the Democrat at the Discovery channel buidling did, and the Democrat teacher at the University of Alabama.

    Read the posts here from Democrats and then take a nice drive around the bluest areas of this country. Are these your values? Is this the America you want to pass along to your children? Could the god of any religion endourse Democrat behavior? THanks for voting Republican, its the only option to stop the hate and respect life.

    January 15, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. bobcan

    Yes, he listen to the gun lobby, the oil companies, big banks, every hate group that exisits, etc. etc,

    January 15, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Trac 4

    OK ! Sarah Palin is not a nut job with a PHD but she is honest, smart, does not lie to her public and we have not had
    someone like that since George Washington. bottom line, the Cabnet surronding her, shaping policy, giving advice
    it the important point here, if we knew who Obama's cabnet would be , well there you have it. I like Sarah !

    January 15, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. doug

    I love it when Dems say Jesus was a liberal. Jesus said thou shall not kill. With what almost every Democrat wishes would hapen to bush and palin, and the way they interact with their fellow Americans on the roads and streets of blue America, Jesus would be anything but a liberal Democrat.

    January 15, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. w l jones

    The chairman can handle the hammer very well it hollow out and fill with Rep. gas. LOL.

    January 15, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Cumberland Man

    I'm waiting with anticipation for the next two years now that the RepubliCONS have the House. This will certainly increase the ratings of the Daily Show, The Cobert Report, and SNL.

    January 15, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |