Reince Priebus, the pro-life head of the Wisconsin Republican party, has won the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee after former chairman Michael Steele gave up the contest for re-election.
Priebus, who has strongly emphasized his pro-life and pro-family views, won over half the votes after the seventh ballot was cast Friday afternoon.
In interviews prior to the election, Priebus told the Susan B Anthony (SBA) List that, “I support our Republican platform which I think is rock solid on the issue of abortion.”
“I think that social issues are the fabric of our society and for us to not be involved with those issues causes us to turn our back on what I think is the foundation of America,” said Priebus. “I believe if I was elected Chair of the RNC that would be something I would have an even bigger obligation to uphold the position I have on abortion.”
Priebus has also established a strong pro-family profile. In debates earlier this month, Priebus said that, “I don’t believe that judges can rewrite the Constitution and redraft what marriage is.” “I think there is a sanctity of marriage. Everyone should be loved but at the end of the day, I believe that marriage through the sanctity of marriage should be between one man and one woman,” he added.
Priebus, like every candidate for the chairmanship, is a proponent of traditional marriage – notable given recent headway made by the homosexualist group GOProud to establish a foothold for the gay agenda within Republican circles.
[...]The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza noted that Priebus already has a reputation for unifying tea party and GOP sentiments, seen as one of the most important tasks facing the party: in Wisconsin, Priebus had successfully rallied the GOP behind tea party favorites such as Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ron Johnson.
Erick Erickson’s reaction at Red State is more moderate.
He’s not the guy a lot of tea party activists wanted nationwide, but I’ve been inundated with calls from ardent defenders of his this past week from Wisconsin who say he was a significant player in the profound turn around up there.
That so many have called this week to support him — people who are authentically and unquestionably grassroots — is encouraging.
Congratulations to Reince Priebus, the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
He has his work cut out for him on fundraising and rebuilding the 72 hour task force. It is time to let the healing begin and the fight for 2012 go forward.
I wish Reince Priebus well, look forward to learning how to say his name, and am excited to work with him.
Red State is the number grassroots conservative site.
But Erickson did NOT consider Priebus to be the most conservative candidate in the race. Ann Wagner and Saul Anuzis were considered to be more conservative by Erickson and by Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit. We did not get either of the two BEST candidates. But we did not get the worst candidate (Maria Cino) either.