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Republicans Electing a New Chairman Jan. 25th – Ron Paul Republicans vs. Establishment GOP
by Ezra Van Auken
This Thursday, January 23rd, the Republican convention will start in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is where elections will take place for the next National Committee Chairman. However, this year during the Chairman elections, Republicans could see a shift in the overall platform of the party, if current Chairman Reince Priebus loses to Mark Willis. Priebus has been the RNC Chairman for only one term, looking to roll into his second. Willis on the other hand has been Maine’s Republican National Committeeman.
The difference between the two is glaring. Priebus believes in a top down styled Republican Party and Willis thinks a bottom up party would be more beneficial, as that would bring more transparency to the entire party. Interestingly, Willis has come up as part of the ‘Ron Paul Republican’ movement within the GOP and played a key role during the National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Since Ron Paul’s last campaign, the Libertarian-driven supporters have infiltrated the GOP from all sides, which has seemed to only anger top Republican members. In states like Iowa, Minnesota, Maine, Nevada and others, the Ron Paul Revolution, as its been branded, has gotten likeminded individuals elected to various spots. Not only have ‘Ron Paul Republicans’ taken spots inside the GOP, but also have endured cheating, physical assault and fraud.
Taking spots in the Republican Party haven’t just been local either. For instance, Drew Ivers was elected as finance chairman for the Iowa Republican Party and recently told Reason, “whether it’s Rand Paul or someone else, I have allegiance not to them, but to their ideals. Whoever steps forward to lead that charge is the kind of leader we should champion.”
According to StepDownNow.com, a pro-Willis initiative, the Challenger to Priebus has an 8-point plan to carry out if elected. “With your support, over the next two years I will implement my eight point plan to help ensure Republican victories in 2014 and beyond. Republicans are dissatisfied with the way the RNC has been run under Priebus. My plan will restore faith in the values and efficiency of the RNC,” Willis explained.
Some of the plan includes, “Adherence to the 2009 Resolution in Support of Good Governance to put out RFP’s for all contracts over $100,000 while ensuring quality services from each agreement.” A big measure by Willis is to, “Repeal the RNC rules adopted in Tampa. They are cutting the grassroots out of the 2016 Presidential election cycle.”
Ending Willis’ statement on StepDownNow, he notes, “I am not running out of malice or ill intent towards anyone. I am bringing forth the issues and solutions that Republicans are talking about outside the beltway across America. In the end, I believe my approach is the one that will win and regain the trust of the GOP grassroots and set the stage for Republican victories once again.”
During a Breitbart interview with RNC contender, Willis said that he has challenged Priebus to a debate before the election takes place.
Funny enough, the Associated Press reported this week that Priebus “has sought out Paul supporters as he seeks re-election.” Judging by the Republican distaste for Priebus in Tampa by Libertarians, it’s not too likely this wish will come true for Priebus.