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.


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