- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2016

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and National Committee chairman Reince Priebus plus several other prominent GOPers have been named to Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Mr. Trump is deemed the “rule breaker,” Mr. Priebus the “the party boss”; both appear in the leadership section of the rarified roster, along with Sen. Ted Cruz, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Hailey, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan and a dozen other political luminaries. They range from President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Trump has been a force of nature in business and politics for decades because he isn’t afraid to challenge the norms set by status quo leaders,” wrote Renee Elmers, North Carolina Republican, in a brief essay about the candidate for Time magazine. “Sure, he’s confrontational, but his hard-nosed style is what has enabled him to turn a $1 million loan into billions and what has made him the likely Republican nominee for President of the United States.”

It was Paul Ryan who explained Mr. Priebus’s merits for the magazine.

Reince Priebus has almost single-handedly turned the Republican National Committee around. That success — and the doggedness behind it — doesn’t surprise anyone who knows him,” Mr. Ryan wrote. “He worked his way up through the ranks, starting as chairman of my congressional district’s Republican Party. When he became national chairman in 2011, the party was pretty beat up — and about $25 million in debt. He paid it all off, and he fixed the political, digital and data infrastructure so that we can compete on a level playing field with the Democrats.”

Mr. Priebus, in turn, offered his own modest response.

“Being included on this prestigious list is a great honor that not only reflects the importance of the Republican Party but also the talent and dedication of the staff at the RNC,” said Chairman Priebus.

The Time list includes sections for pioneers, titans, artists and icons; find it here.

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