Former Wisconsin Republican Chairman Reince Priebus emerged as the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee on Friday. After seven rounds of voting by 168 delegates of the RNC (both in person and by proxy), Mr. Priebus garnered 12 more than the necessary 85 delegate votes to lead the RNC. Former RNC Chaiman Michael Steele dropped out of the race after the fourth round and endorsed New York Republican Maria Cino.
I spoke to Mr. Priebus last week at a Young Republican National Federation event, where he told me that he was keeping his campaign for chairman positive saying, “I think I’m best able to unite the committee. I am a member of the committee. And I think that’s important. I think it’s important to have peace on the committee, and I think I can help deliver that.” Receptions with “unity” themes followed the elections of other RNC positions on Friday night at the National Harbor’s Gaylord Hotel.
Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, who endorsed Maria Cino for RNC Chairman, sent out a statement congratulating Chairman Priebus:
“I’d like to congratulate the members of the Republican National Committee for selecting our next chair. With the Senate and White House in play and a new House Majority to defend, Republicans will face great challenges in the upcoming campaign. 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.”
Members of The Young Republican National Federation were particularly happy that Mr. Priebus is now chairman of the RNC.
Lisa Stickan, Chairman of the YRNF told me on Friday night that the new RNC Chairman is also an official Young Republican himself.
“We are very excited about Chairman Priebus. He is a Young Republican and has been a friend of ours in Wisconsin and helped us re-found the Wisconsin Young Republicans. He’s been very supportive of the YRNF,” she said. “We always had a good relationship with him as well, so we’re looking forward to a continued good relationship with the RNC but now we have somebody who is a Young Republican as Chairman.”