Skip to comments.Reince Priebus Leads First RNC Ballot [LIVE thread]
Posted on 01/14/2011 11:08:07 AM PST by iowamark
Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus led after the first ballot in the race for chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Needing 85 votes among the 168 members to win, Priebus took 45 votes in the first round. Trailing Priebus after one round is Chairman Michael Steele with 44 votes, former RNC official Maria Cino with 32 votes, Michigan Committeeman Saul Anuzis with 24 votes, and former Missouri GOP Chairwoman Ann Wagner with 23 votes.
Several more ballots are expected before someone reaches the 85-vote threshold. Steele won the 2009 race after six rounds, defeating a five-candidate field that included Anuzis and then-Chairman Mike Duncan.
All eyes are now on Steele to see if his support begins to dwindle. In 2009, Duncan dropped out after three rounds after watching his vote total dwindle from 52 to 44. He had led after the first round and was tied with Steele after the second round.
The sense here is that if Steele did not finish in first place after the first ballot, he would have a difficult chance of winning. Still, much of the talk among members before this vote centered on whether Steele would leave the race when it became apparent he could not win...
Ken Melhman. He just reminds me of Ken Melhman.
Solid conservative and Tea Partier.
I may be a dumb ass country boy, but I swear if this fella pronounces his name Ree-anh-say, I’m gonna sh!t a brick....I want a damned conservative...don’t want a blueblood nor a rapper....
Amen to the last sentence of that article.
Wannabe Saul Anuzis is a hyphenate----a Lithuanian American born here----who is currently an advisor to the Republic of Lithuania.
We dont want a hyphenate using the Party to advance the interests of a foreign govt. NO hyphenates, NO way. We want an all-American conservative RNC chair, who salutes the US flag, and bows only to the Constitution of the United States.
Anuzis' biggest claim to fame-----of which he has boasted proudly and endlessly in public forums----that as Michigan GOP chair, he personally forced state and local party organizations to stage "Juneteenth" celebrations (marking the end of slavery). We don't need at the helm of the party someone like Anuzis who diminishes all-American holidays like Independence Day.
Anuzis is also a backer of the National Popular Vote initiative. Anuzis clearly crawled out from under a rock. http://www.thatssaulfolks.com/2010/04/01/national-popular-vote-why-i-support-it/
Anuzis fits right in with race-hustling, reparation pimps-----b/c he personally forced state and local Repub party organizations to stage "Juneteenth" celebrations. Wadda ya wanna bet Anuzis has a deal with the race-baiters to infiltrate the RNC, and use the org as a money laundry to get million$$ to them?
Saul Anuzis is unfit to be Chairman of the RNC. He is a figgin neocon----and the POS is keeping it damned quiet. Another neo-con with ulterior motives looking out for himself. Anuzis' buddies are the neocon Me-Firsters----Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Billy Kristol----- and the rest of the 'what's in it for me' neo crowd, who have no visible sources of income.
The pukeneos detest conservatives. They squat in the Repub Party to takeover the agenda, and to kick consevatives to the curb. If Anuzis gets in, this is what we can expect (gag).
EXCERPT-----The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism
The art of government, writes neocon frontman William Kristol (Fox talking head and McCain handler), is to translate the liberal or radical impulse into enduring institutions, which in a constitutional republic means that neocons want socialist ends to be achieved with conservative means. Now here's the neocon methodology in brief: neocon advice to the Republican Party is to compromise and accept the moral ends of liberal-socialism, but with the caveat that conservatives can do a better job of doling out the goods and services.
Note well who neocons demand compromise from: Conservatives are being asked to compromise THEIR principles. Liberals are being asked ONLY to compromise the manner in which welfare is delivered.
Neocons' moral appeasement serves to embolden the Left........a lesson conservatives need to learn posthaste. Conservatives need to grasp that compromising one principle inevitably leads to hundreds of compromises.
N/C'S SECRET AGENDA? In the neocon-driven conservative relationship, liberalism will always have the upper hand and will always dictate the future. Having abandoned principles, neoconservatives can offer no principled opposition to the creation of new welfare programs in the future. Of course, they would see this as a problem only if they opposed welfare programs, which they do not.
In addition to the Roosevelts----TR and FDR----neocons add Bismarck to their list of statesman-like heroes. According to arch-neocon William Kristol, the idea of a welfare state is in itself perfectly consistent with a conservative political philosophyas Bismarck knew, a hundred years ago.
Neocons squat in the Republican Party to restore not a Jeffersonian model of government, but rather the Prussian welfare state. This, according to the neocons, this is what it means to be in the American grain. This is their contribution to what they consider is Republicanism, the stupid party as they call it.........and to the American way of life.
I'd still like the big money moderates to toss in a few hundred million to the RNC. It can be useful.
LOL. No, its pronounced Rince (long i vowel).
A bit more complicated than that.
Many of Steele's voters are conservative, as are some of Cino's backers (Ken Blackwell, for one, though he isn't a RNC member).
And most other candidates have a share of objectionable supporters.
None of them are probably strong conservatives. Anuzis only considers himself half American and lobbies for a foreign government. Wonderful.
It doesn’t matter who wins the party will still be backing people like Dede Scozzafava, Charlie Crist et al.
85 to win
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I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t been following this (don’t support the RNC) and have never heard of Priebus. After the second ballot, it’s looking likely that he can win this thing.
A quick search turns up the following: while going to law school he spent a couple years as an intern for the NAACP legal defense fund in Los Angeles. While working as an attorney at a law firm in 2009 he spent his time seeking federal stimulus funds as part of the firm’s “Stimulus Legislation Team”. Has he always been a conservative, or did he recently have a conversion?
Not trying to start any arguments, because, as I said, I know nothing about him.
A rapper driving a battery powered car, no less... ;-)
Rience Prebus is from Wisconsin. You all remember what WE did here in Packerland? We dumped Russ “I love the teacher’s union and McCain” Feingold, we got David Obey to retire and replaced both of these horrid Dems with GOP fellows.
He is a good solid conservative and I hope if he wins we can get back to having pride in our RNC leadership. NO more reaching across the darned isle. PS: I have not donated money to the RNC for years. I go direct to the candidate of my choice. I still get Christmas cards from John Thune. haa. Still is very important to have the right person in charge at the RNC. I rest my case.
Opposition research promoted and disseminated by left wing blogs (funded by George Soros & Co).
Priebus has done a good job in Wisconsin, which was the highlight of conservative resurgence in 2010.
Frankly, I want a Southern boy, myself...
Voting going on now...
Now there's a name and personality that Americans will identify with.
About as conservative as we’re going to get.
3rd ballot voting just started.
If he is a Haley Barbour lackey, he should not lead the RNC. I do not want Barbour as President, he was good as RNC chair, but he looks like a potential stroke or H.A. I do not mind his twisted mouth garbled accent, but most others will.
That’s ancient history——before the Tea Party surfaced. Remember Nov.
Thanks for the reply. You’re probably right about that.
Anuzis was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Lithuanian immigrants, Ceslovas and Elena Anuzis. He attended Bishop Borgess High School and later studied economics at the University of MichiganDearborn campus. His senior year he was elected president of the Student Government and also was one of the founders and first chairman of the College Republican club on campus.
His parents and paternal grandparents, Ignas and Elena Anuzis, received the Righteous Among the Nations award from Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, for helping three young girls escape from a Jewish ghetto and make their way from Lithuania to Estonia during World War II. One of those girls, now grown, nominated them for the award.
Anuzis is married to Lina (née Alksninis) and they have four sons, Matas, Tadas, Vytis, and Marius.
Anuzis is a former member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
He was also a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Jobs Commission and the Michigan Export Development Authority. He is a scout master of local Boy Scout Troop 100 (comprising Lithuanian scouts), and is actively involved in several Lithuanian-American organizations and serves on several non-profit boards. He currently serves as honorary consul to Michigan for the Republic of Lithuania. Anuzis and his family reside in Eaton County.
We don’t need the RNC, hell, we don’t even need Republicans.
We simply need conservative candidates.
Priebus was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin and  graduated from George Nelson Tremper High School in 1990. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science and English in 1994 from University of WisconsinWhitewater (where he was student body president), worked in the Wisconsin Legislature for a year, and then went to law school, receiving a law degree from University of Miami School of Law in 1998. He then joined the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Milwaukee.
In 2004, in his first bid for public office, Priebus unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Robert Wirch for a seat in the Wisconsin Senate, where Priebus reportedly spent $384,486 to Wirch's $182,595.
Priebus was elected state GOP party chair in 2007, the youngest person ever elected to that position. In 2009, he became general counsel of the RNC.
Leftist plants trying to necessitate leftist approval of only RINO candidates.EFF THEM!
The left hears the hinterland rumble, and the roll is on.If Reince wins this , we are over a significant hurdle.It means uncontroverted funding for tea party based candidates, and a merging of public momentum with tea party based PACs.
The RNC has become IRRELEVENT to me !
85 to win
|1st Ballot||2nd Ballot||3rd Ballot||4th Ballot|
|Reince Priebus||45||(+7) 52||(+2) 54|
|Michael Steele||44||(-7) 37||(-4) 33|
|Maria Cino||32||(-2) 30||(+2) 32|
|Saul Anuzis||24||(+3) 27||(-6) 21|
|Ann Wagner||23||(-1) 22||(+6) 28|
Priebus and Wagner were my first two choices. Looking good.
It seems to me that after a couple of ballots, the last-place candidate should be disqualified on each ballot.
That just makes too much sense...
Isn’t looking like Saul’s day.
You have Cino and Wagner reversed. Wagner jumped from 5th to 3rd on the last ballot.
Priebus 54, Steele 33, Wagner 32, Cino 28, Anuzis 21.
When the lead candidate is only pulling 32% of the total, dropping the one with 13% in a 5-way race is a bit premature.
In this case, Steele is the only one who absolutely cannot win, and he's in second place.
Looks like it will come down to Priebus vs. Wagner—a win-win for us, since those were probably the two most conservative candidates.
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Hmmm... Reince Priebus and Ann Wagner seem to be acceptable. Just hope that they are not splitting the votes that resulted in Steele re-elected. The three are now (after the 3rd vote) occupy the highest votes.
The momentumm is for Wagner as the RINOs circle the wagons.
Lets hope that the Texas delegates can bend a few arms.
Per Illinois Review, our RINO combiner chairman Pat Brady spoke on Priebus' behalf.
I have a bad feeling about this...
Step down Steele, the GOP will survive without you!
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