Wisconsin RLC: Reince Priebus Should Not Be National Chairman of the Republican Party

December 6th, 2010

Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin: Reince Priebus Should Not Be National Chairman of the Republican Party

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2010
Contact: Michael S. Murphy, Chairman

MILWAUKEE, WI. — The Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin, a state affiliate of the Republican Liberty Caucus, encourages Republican Party leaders to look to candidates other than Wisconsin Republican Party Chair Reince Priebus to lead the Republican National Committee in the coming cycle.  “Mr. Priebus wants to take credit for a successful election night on Nov. 2, but it was actually Democrat policies and the over 65 grassroots Tea Party groups in the state of Wisconsin that made the real difference,” said Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin Chairman Michael S. Murphy.

As a grassroots network of concerned citizens dedicated to upholding of individual liberty, limited government, and free enterprise within the Republican Party, the Republican Liberty Caucus questions Mr. Priebus’s commitment to core constitutional principles as well as the rule changes that disenfranchised Wisconsin GOP primary voters under his watch.

The Republican Liberty Caucus has been a vocal critic of the 2010 Wisconsin GOP’s rule change, which made it easier to endorse by lowering the percentage of delegate votes that a candidate must receive for endorsement, removing the possibility of voting for “no endorsement”, and give the state executive committee the power to decide which candidates are “viable” and limit the possible choices of the delegates to these approved candidates.  “Giving candidates the official GOP endorsement and large sums of party donor money prior to Wisconsin’s primary disenfranchises Wisconsin’s conservative grassroots voters – including the Tea Party,” said Murphy.  This is exactly what happened while Mr. Priebus was state chair.

“Not only was donor money collected by the Wisconsin GOP directed to defeating other non-establishment Republican candidates without donor consent, but the Wisconsin GOP also paid for polls that excluded these non-establishment GOP primary candidates as ballot options while mentioning front-runner endorsed GOP candidates and their Democrat opponents” (source: http://wi.rlc.org/2010/07/rlcwi-candidates-excluded-from-poll/).

“Changing GOP rules to favor particular candidates, redirecting donor money intended for the state party to select candidates without donor consent, and disempowering voters in Wisconsin are not qualities we should seek in the next Republican National Committee Chairman,” concluded Murphy.

Founded in 1991, the Republican Liberty Caucus works to advance the Republican principles of individual liberty, limited government, and free market economics.  The Wisconsin chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus endorsed a slate of seven victorious candidates for Assembly this fall as well as 13 other candidates throughout the state of Wisconsin. Learn more about the Caucus at http://wi.rlc.org/.

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