Steele Out, Priebus in as GOP Chairman

I will admit that I know very little about Reince Priebus.  Priebus was just elected to replace Michael Steele as GOP chairman.  Details via Fox News:

WASHINGTON –Reince Priebus was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee on Friday after Michael Steeledropped his bid to stay atop the party for another two years.

Priebus clinched the victory after seven rounds, securing 97 votes, more than the 85 required to win. Steele dropped out of the race after four rounds.

“At this time, I will step aside for others to lead,” Steele told the168 RNC committee members at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor, Md. “But in so doing, I hope y’all appreciate the legacy we leave. Despite the noise — because lord know we had a lot of noise — despite the difficulties, we won.”

Steele got a standing ovation after his announcement following a tenure marked by controversy and embarrassment despite huge Republican gains in the fall. Steele urged supporters to vote for former RNC Deputy Chairwoman Maria Cino.

But Priebus beat out Cino along with former Michigan state GOP chairman Saul Anuzis and former RNC Co-Chairwoman Ann Wagner.

Priebus will oversee the 2012 election cycle, in which Republicans, who now control the House, hope to capture the Senate and the White House. But Priebus must also retire an RNC debt of about $22 million owed to vendors and banks, as well as lure back demoralized donors who have been so frustrated with Steele’s management that they sent their dollars elsewhere or didn’t open their wallets at all last year. The party had only about $1 million cash on hand at year’s end.

More here.  Any thoughts on the new GOP chair?



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