Reince – Wisconsin’s Finest?

RNC chair Reine Priebus, who turned on his friend Michael Steele to get the job, has done it again. First a little backstory. Reince Priebus, was a former WI rnc head and Michael Best & Friederich lawyer, has an interesting resume.

Priebus has a history of not telling the truth, and blatant hypocrisy. Likes to refer to President Obama as Osama, does not like when minorities vote, and lies whenever possible about voter fraud. Now Reince is up to his old despicable tricks again.

Now Priebus is comparing President Obama to the Italian cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino.

. “In a few months, this is all going to be ancient history,” Priebus said in response to a question about the brutal GOP primary, “and we are going to talk about our own little Captain Schettino, which is President Obama who is abandoning the ship here in the United States and is more interested in campaigning than doing his job as president.” At least 17 people died in the cruise ship disaster.

Priebus is a disgrace to the great state of Wisconsin and owes our President an apology.

Here is the contact information to let him know how you feel.

Republican National Committee

310 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

p 202.863.8500 | f 202.863.8820

Also: Twitter @Reincepriebus

Is Reince Priebus’ RNC bid in trouble?

In a long email written to endorse Gentry Collins’ bid to become RNC Chairman – a race Collins has since dropped out of – Connecticut RNC chairman Chris Healy accused Reince Priebus of being Steele’s “wingman” for much of the last two years while Steele was sticking his foot in his mouth with gaffe after gaffe:

When Steele made several inane comments about Russ Limbaugh, the double-standard he was held to because of his race or the war in Afghanistan, Preibus was put in charge of damage control, often asking members to sign letters of support. I received two calls from Reince asking for such support. There was no doubt about his loyalty to Steele and his eagerness to show other members he was speaking for the chairman.

When the Executive Committee borrowed another $5 million in late fall, without seeking approval from the Budget Committee, Members were informed the matter was “approved by legal.” And when Steele announced the “Fire Pelosi Tour” a self-indulgent waste of time and resources, Peibus was tossing “Fire Pelosi” hats to anyone who would have them. As we know, the tour was a joke and RNC subsidized “Feel the Love Tour” for Chairman Steele and his sycophant followers. Those precious funds could have been the difference in several key races, where victory was painfully elusive.

Preibus enjoyed sharing his access with Steele and published photos on his Facebook page showing him and Chairman Steele in many VIP settings, including private jets. During this period of course, the RNC failed to meet its fundraising goals, failed to reach out and meet with major donors or help state committees raise their own resources.

It’ll be interesting to see if the “Preibus was Steele’s wingman” meme gets any traction, and if so, who the RNC committee members will coalesce behind.

This won’t help…..

Reince Priebus, has been gaining steam in his race against his good friend Michael Steele. Think Progress has a detailed story today on Reince and while pointing out his “gaffes” like calling for the \"execution\" of the president(of which he never apologized). They also dug a little deeper to his day job as an attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

Despite his heated anti-Obama attacks, Priebus makes a living at a law firm far more comfortable with the policies of President Obama. Priebus works as a partner at the Milwaukee law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Over the summer, the firm created a series of presentations to explain health reform to its clients and to pitch the firm’s services for employers looking to comply with new health reform regulations. In one presentation, John Barlament, a colleague to Priebus at the firm, said that a health reform repeal is not only unlikely, but that the lawsuits brought by Republican Party allies to declare the law unconstitutional probably have no merit. Referring to the controversy over the individual mandate, Barlament explained that the commerce clause of the constitution “gives Congress authority to act on his legislation”:

“Don’t hold your breath,” Barlament advised employers hoping the Affordable Care Act will be repealed. A number of political and business groups have called for repeal or significant revisions, but Barlament said there is nothing on the “near horizon.”Lawsuits filed to block the case are unlikely to succeed because the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress authority to act on this legislation.

Presentations from Priebus’s law firm also tout health reform benefits routinely ignored by right-wing partisans, like generous subsidies to small businesses, vastly expanding health insurance coverage in America, closing the Medicare Part D donut hole, and the end to egregious insurance company abuses (ending the program of capping benefits, ending “rescissions,” ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions).

They also added insult to injury in showing that not only is Priebus a hypocrite but he is also a liar(not to mention his problems with minorities). As FrumForum points out:

Reince Priebus, the state chair for the Wisconsin GOP and a current RNC Chair candidate, is listed as working as a lawyer on a team which helps clients secure federal stimulus funds.

Despite multiple listings on his law firm’s website, Priebus tells FrumForum that he has never worked with his firm’s ‘Stimulus and Economic Recovery’ group.

Priebus is a partner for the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In February 2009, his firm announced the creation of a ‘Stimulus Legislation Team’, of which Priebus was listed as a member.

We will see if his lack of character and morals, is what the Republican party is looking for in a candidate to lead them. The vote is January 14th!

1st Lieutenant Reince “Fletcher Christian” Priebus

In a move that surprised no one, State GOP chair Reince Priebus, is throwing his good friend, Michael Steele, under the bus. Priebus was General Counsel of the RNC and ran Steele’s initial election campaign. I find it funny, yet not surprising, that priebus is accepting congratulations for the Republican wins in November but not giving any credit to Steele for Nationwide gains. Priebus not wanting Steele to continue in his post is not surprising, given his record towards minorities involved in the political process.

Tim Dake: Yes. So, what we’re hoping is that the various groups in the coalition plus Americans for Prosperity and Mark Block, who has been in on this, and the Republican Party, and this is coming all the way from the top: Reince Priebus has said, “We’re in.”


• “The Wisconsin Republican Party announced the Saturday before the 2004 election plans to challenge 37,180 voters on a caging list developed by the party. The Wisconsin GOP targeted for caging only voters in Milwaukee, which is approximately 40% black and 55% minority (black and Hispanic), according to Census data. Voters in all other parts of the state, which is 91% white, were not caged.” [Campaign Legal Center, 7/23/07]

• The Wisconsin Elections Board had to issue new guidelines for vote challenges after the Preibus-led RPW targeted the only three Milwaukee wards for voter challenges in a State Senate race that had covered much of Waukesha County. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/18/02]

Priebus vowed that he would bring “[l]ess drama, more hard work, more results and more focus on winning” to the party. I am guessing that was a swipe at the party for not inviting him

to the meetings at the strip clubs.

However, the “tea party” might be throwing a wrench in his plans.

Why is the RNC hiding its debt?

Looks like the RNC could be in a bit of trouble for misreporting its fundraising numbers:

The Republican National Committee failed to report more than $7 million in debt to the Federal Election Commission in recent months – a move that made its bottom line appear healthier than it is heading into the midterm elections and that also raises the prospect of a hefty fine.

In a memo to RNC budget committee members, RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen on Tuesday accused Chairman Michael S. Steele and his chief of staff, Michael Leavitt, of trying to conceal the information from him by ordering staff not to communicate with the treasurer – a charge RNC officials deny.

Mr. Pullen told the members that he had discovered $3.3 million in debt from April and $3.8 million from May, which he said had led him to file erroneous reports with the FEC. He amended the FEC filings Tuesday.

Campaign-finance analysts said that simply misreporting fundraising numbers to the FEC can lead to millions of dollars in fines and that criminal charges can be levied if the actions are suspected to be intentional.

If Michael Steele did try to hide the RNC’s debt, which would clearly be a violation of the law, then he certainly ought to be held accountable, not only by the folks who elected him to lead the RNC, but also by the proper authorities.

Former Federal Election Commission Chairman Michael E. Toner has been retained as outside counsel to the RNC, presumably to help the RNC deal with the possible repercussions of this situation, and Toner joins an RNC legal team headed by RNC General Counsel (and Republican Party of Wisconsin Chair) Reince Priebus, who also happens to be a close confidante of Michael Steele.

However, putting aside the possible illegality of the RNC attempting to hide its debt from the FEC, if I were a member of the Republican Party, I’d be more than a little worried about what’s been going on with the RNC’s finances since Michael Steele took over as chair. The RNC’s financial shenanigans since Steele took over have been well-documented, and the possibility that the RNC could face a steep and possibly crippling fine from the FEC right before the November elections should be more than a little disconcerting for Republicans across the nation, including candidates who may be relying on the RNC for some measure of financial support for their campaigns.

Michael Steele has a serious case of foot in mouth disease

While Vice President Joe Biden may be a walking gaffe machine, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele certainly isn’t much better. Speaking at at a fundraiser in Noank, Connecticut, Steele stated the war in Afghanistan was a war of President Barack Obama’s choosing, as opposed to being a war President Obama inherited. Listen for yourself:

Here’s the text of Steele’s remarks:

“The [General] McChrystal incident, to me, was very comical. I think it’s a reflection of the frustration that a lot of our military leaders has with this Administration and their prosecution of the war in Afghanistan. Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in. It was one of those areas of the total board of foreign policy [that was at least?] that we would be in the background sort of shaping the changes that were necessary in Afghanistan as opposed to directly engaging troops. But it was the President who was trying to be cute by half by building a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should in Afghanistan. Well, if he is such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan? Alright, because everyone who has tried over a thousand years of history has failed, and there are reasons for that. There are other ways to engage in Afghanistan…”

Predictably, conservatives are frothing at the mouth over Steele’s comments.

H/T to My Left Nutmeg.

RNC bloodletting begins with Steele throwing subordinate under the bus

I’ve already chronicled the RNC’s chronic financial mismanagement HERE and HERE, and already the bloodletting at the Republican National Committee has begun, as is reporting Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigned Monday as a direct result of the scandal surrounding the RNC’s financial mismanagement. As Politico noted, RNC chairman Michael Steele sent out an email to RNC committee members and donors, and in the email he Steele made it clear the buck stops with him:

“Leadership requires that I can safely assure you, our donors, and the American people that our mission is what drives every dollar we spend, every phone call we make, every email we send and every event we organize,” Steele wrote in the email, obtained by POLITICO. “Recent events have called that assurance into question and the buck stops with me. That is why I have made this change in my management team and why I am confident about going forward to November with renewed focus and energy.”

If the buck really stops with Michael Steele, can we expect to see his resignation as the next step in the RNC’s bloodletting? I’m betting not, because what Michael Steele really meant is that the buck stops with anyone but him.

Five reasons why 2010 won’t be like 1994

As pointed out on, the 2010 midterm elections might not have too much similarity with the 1994 “Republican Revolution” that led to Republican control of both the House and the Senate. Here’s the five reasons gives as their reasoning behind why 2010 might not be too similar to 1994:

  1. Michael Steele – For the Democrats, the Republican National Committee chairman is the gift that keeps on giving. Hardly a week goes by without some gaffe or scandal involving Michael Steele. Just last week, Steele and the RNC were mired in a scandal after it was revealed the RNC made a roughly $2,000 disbursement to a staffer for expenses incurred at a lesbian-themed bondage club, and before that it was a mid-winter RNC retreat to Hawaii.

  2. Fundraising – While some polls may show the Republican Party with an edge in voter enthusiasm, the Democratic Party still has an edge in fundraising. The NRCC, which works to elect Republicans to the House of Representatives, has just a shade over $6 million in the bank, which is dwarfed by the nearly $20 million held by the DCCC. Considering the fact that the House remains Republicans’ best chance for regaining a majority, the fact that they’re being outraised by Democrats certainly seems to bode ill for the upcoming elections.

  3. Tea Parties – The presence of “Tea Party” candidates in 2010 could make for some very tough choices for the Republican powers-that-be, as they may be forced to make a decision between supporting candidates that were not their preferred choices or sitting on their hands and risk losing the seats to Democrats. As notes, to see the potential dangers of the Tea Party groundswell, the GOP leadership need look no further than the debacle in New York’s 23rd district — where Democrats won a Republican safe seat after conservative activists put up a third candidate against Dede Scozzafava, a GOP candidate deemed too moderate by Tea Party types.

  4. Who’s the Leader? – In 1994, Republicans retook control of the House and the Senate led by Newt Gingrich and his Contract with America, but who’s leading Republicans in 2010? There seems to be no clear-cut leader for Republicans, and what’s more, there seems to be no clear-cut direction for Republicans, who seem perfectly content to continue their role as the “Party of No.”

  5. Legislative Wins – Unlike 1994, when President Bill Clinton’s administration had been dealt a series of legislative setbacks (health care reform being a big one), President Barack Obama has had a series of legislative successes, from the stimulus bill that mitigated the effects of the recession to the health care reform legislation he recently signed into law. While there are some that will say the passage of health care reform will work against Democrats, I’d argue their failure to pass any type of health care reform legislation would have had a much more negative impact on Democrats in these midterm elections.