Skip to comments.Is Liberalism Reince Priebusí Eminent Domain?
Posted on 01/14/2011 3:17:10 PM PST by nickcarraway
It seems fair to ask, when one uses standard liberal catch-phrasing, volunteers for an organization like the NAACP, becomes party to an eminent domain lawsuit to take property from a small business on behalf of the government and is linked to the solicitation of government stimulus funding, just how conservative is said individual?
Given that the individual in question is Reince Priebus, currently seeking the RNC Chairmanship and talking like a conservative, how is it that he seems to have so walked the walk of a typical liberal over the years?
This was only ten years ago, after all. Certainly, theres nothing wrong with exposing oneself to different peoples and locations and Im all for the Republican Party reaching out more to minority communities. But whether we do that as stock-in-trade liberals, or present a genuine conservative alternative to the liberal policies of Democrats makes a big difference. So, when one invokes stock phrases like diversity and aligns himself with the NAACP, just what kind of outreach is it Reince Priebus had in mind by attending the University of Miami? Or, just as he talks the talk of conservatism now, is he more a chameleon who says what he has to say to be popular at the time? Thats hardly the type of principled leadership needed for the RNC, especially at such a pivotal time in American history in which the Right and Left are battling to determine the future course of the nation.
In addition to reputation and placement record, Reince chose Miami because he wanted the opportunity to experience living in a diverse community He was also a law clerk for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Los Angeles the summer before his third year.
That would be the same NAACP, by the way, that recently tried to malign the tea party movement as racist. Going from the NAACP to the RNC is quite a leap in ten short years. And the years in between werent very conservative, either. As recently as 2003, Reince Priebus was using his legal skills to confiscate land from a small business through the power of eminent domain. On behalf of the petitioner-respondent, the cause was submitted on the brief of Charles P. Graupner and Reince R. Priebus of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, and Harry A. Stein, assistant city attorney of Milwaukee.
The property, which is the subject of this appeal, is a portion of an entire parcel of land acquired by the City of Milwaukee through its power of eminent domain to create a new street design warranted by the demolition of the Park East Freeway in downtown Milwaukee. At the time of the taking, Roadster LLC was the owner of the entire parcel. The subject of this appeal (the property) is a parcel used for parking, with frontage on the west side of North Old World Third Street and the south side of West McKinley Avenue.
Big Government has already pointed out Priebus relationship to stimulus dollar solicitations here. Priebus certainly talks the right talk in these Tea Party times. Unfortunately, from his fondness for liberal catch-phrases, work with the NAACP, appreciation for the use of eminent domain to take land from a small businessland it needed to surviveand profiting from Stimulus funds, its extremely hard, if not impossible to document that theres a principled conservative somewhere underneath the facade.
Reince Priebus is currently being touted as a front-runner to replace current RNC Chair Michael Steele. But Priebus leading role among a select group of high-powered Wisconsin attorneys targeting clients to assist them in maximizing stimulus dollars, at the same time the anti-stimulus RNC employed him as interim general counsel, raises some troubling questions, not just for Preibus, but for the Republican Party as a whole.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter a whole lot how liberal the Chairman is. He doesn’t have a vote and doesn’t make policy. His personal political views are largely irrelevant. What matters is how much money he raises for the GOP, and who he recruits to run.
The people that give him money influence the direction the party takes. It doesn’t matter, any way you stack it, the GOP is making a lurch to the left.
So what else do we know about the guy? Why did he win?
Priebus is a pretty conservative guy. He did right by Wisconsin. I only hope we can replace him with someone nearly as good.
I am not sure I would call it a “lurch.”
The main reason the GOP is moving left is that a whole lot of Democrats jumped ship and have moved over to the GOP side. That’s why the Tea Party is so important. We need to remind these guys that we are just looking for an excuse to pull the rug out from under them.
Rupblicans took blue state Wisconsin by sweeping Dems out of the assembly, the state senate, the governors mansion + in national races the R’s took out Russ Feingold, Steve Kagan and David Obey.
He deserves a medal and a parade here in Wisconsin. It was a total bloodbath of Dems getting wiped out of races.
The fact that the RNC Chairman has a hand in selecting the 2012 GOP presidential nominee is important and should not be dismissed. That Mr. Priebus claims to be adamantly pro-life is encouraging - to a point. Let's see what else he has to offer conservatives.
I don’t know this guy, but if he is liberal, the RNC will be hurting for money even more than it is now.
He is not a conservative. The TEA party dragged him and the state GOP across the finish line. Several county GOP groups shunned TEA party candidates during the primaries. I don’t care for Priebus but I hope to be proven wrong.
The local talk show hosts (3 from WISN radio) are pretty good at vetting people (Vicki McKenna in particular) and they seem quite happy with Priebus. I will give him this - he was Steele’s campaign manager last time he ran for Chairman of the RNC, so it took some guts for Priebus to challenge him this time.
I think it’s interesting that Boehner wrote a letter of support for Maria Cino. I don’t consider Boehner a strong conservative. I wish he was, but I think he’s a wobbly one.
Remember last year there was some article, maybe on Hot Air, talking about how most of talk radio and otherwise conservative pundits were rooting for the establishment candidates in the primaries? McKenna and the others in WI were all onboard with the establishment. We're such a small state where republicans are concerned, the local radio folks had to protect their interests and support the establishment picks. That's why you never heard the primary challengers on talk radio shows.
BUMP. Good post.
You know, rr, I didn’t think that was so. Some of the most obscure Republican challengers were invited on Jay Weber’s show and Vicki McKenna’s show. I know because I usually sent them a small donation to encourage them.
Not sure which of the other candidates he was trying to push, but his whole goal was (is?) to destroy Reince Priebus, the successful conservative Wisconsin GOP Chair.
He just strikes me as a nervous nelly and I don’t trust him.
The establishment was supporting arguably the most conservative slate of candidates in the country.
That's a GOOD thing.
He struck me as someone not particularly comfortable with doing radio interviews, but, what I took most from his words was his careful choice of words so that he wouldn’t offend various factions of the Republican party.
Yes, it’s a good thing but there were other conservatives in the race who were not properly supported. Just my opinion. I hope Priebus will welcome conservatives in the party and will speak as a conservative as we push toward 2012.
Well, he’s been running the Wisconsin R party that pretty well mirrors the US in terms of Red-Blue split and they not only brought forth Paul Ryan, but just elected a conservative R Governor and kicked Rusty Feingold to the curb. What more do you want?
If he can do the same job on the national level as he did in Wisconsin, everyone will be singing his praises. As it is, he’s the chief fundraiser for the RNC and not chief policy-maker, and the way the R party is going I’m not sure I give a rip who they hire.
Sounds like just what we need- a winner.
Who the hell is Priebus? I never heard of him.
Based on what? He's not allowed to criticize Prius? That's baloney. The question is why did the RNC have 6 candidates for the head of the RNC who are closer to Obama than GOP voters?
This guy was working for the NAACP ten years ago??
The TEA party in Wisconsin is what turned the state Red. WisGOP was just along for the ride. Johnson spent a lot of his own money and that made it easier for the party to kick in more cash. Yeah, we dodged a bullet by having some good conservatives ready to take the reins of government.
Me too. He did have some problems where he was pro stimulus and benefiting indirectly or directly from government as an attorney.
So who knows. I am just tired of no conservatives who say they are real conservatives.
I still see no reason to keep throwing good hard earned money after bad with the changing of the liberal riders riding the RNC horse. The further the RNC bolts left the less I could care less about the Republican party apparatus and the liberal candidates they promote for office. I do support conservatives though and most of the TEA party identified candidates. The RNC has become irrelevant IMHO.
Reince was still in college then. By that kind of simpleton thinking Michele Bachmann and Charles Krauthammer can't possibly be conservatives because they once were liberals, both well into their adult years. How far back do we need to go with these purity tests?
[He] becomes party to an eminent domain lawsuit to take property from a small business on behalf of the government.
That parcel was purchased at a fair price by the City of Milwaukee from a corporation to fix a terrible freeway section. This is exactly the kind of public use our nation's founders intended when they added the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
[He is] linked to the solicitation of government stimulus funding.
I doubt anyone could find a successful attorney anywhere who hasn't do some work with companies involved with stimulus funding given how large a fraction of the economy it is. If anyone really believes there is something wrong with benefiting from stimulus payouts then they should personally boycott driving on any road with improvements funded by stimulus funding. Good luck with that.
By the way, the first TEA party rally in Madison was organized and funded out of his WISGOP office. The petty complaints above show how sad and pathetic the opposition to the RNC has become. Groundless character assassination like this only serves to help the Democrats obtain their objectives.
It’s not that easy to trade horses, though, especially when you have elections every two years.
As far as I’m concerned the RNC can continue to wander aimlessly in the dark forest until they come around to doing what is right or is taken over by the Tea Party. Makes me no difference as I will continue to give my money directly to the candidate of my choosing until such time thus keeping the RNC from squandering my campaign donations on candidates who refuse to do the will of the people if and when elected!