Republicans Electing a New Chairman Jan. 25th – Ron Paul Republicans vs. Establishment GOP

By on January 18, 2013

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, 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.

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  1. Mario Medina

    January 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Ron paul and the like will bring freedom.

    • Mr.E.

      January 20, 2013 at 12:43 am

      STOP IT !!! Stop it all ! NO MORE ‘LAWS’ are to be tried to be used to take rights from a people that YOU DO NOT OWN !
      The First is for the VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE and WE DEMAND FREEDOM, the SECOND for OUR LIFE, For that we shall hold fiercely and shall keeps such ARMS TO KEEP IT THAT WAY !!
      We the People have the power of the purse and the power of the sword. Usurpers and rouge politicians are trying to destroy the home of the free and the home of the brave.
      Let them try !!
      Molon Labe !
      Anyone that voted for the NDAA should be considered FULL TRAITORS !!!
      WE Are The Oath Keepers and we will keep it that way !

  2. Evan White

    January 19, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Lets just hope that Rand Paul stays with his current direction and continues in his fathers footsteps.They’re the only honest guys left.

  3. Paula short

    January 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Every American should speak out for our liberty and freedom. Keeping quite does nothing. YOU GO RON PAUL

  4. Pamela

    January 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Priebus seeking out Ron Paul supporters after the BS that went on at the Republican Convention, I don’t think so.

    Wishing the best for Mr. Willis !!!!

  5. Darrell Smith

    January 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I take great offense by you labeling Ron Paul supporters as “libertarians”. This is a cheap smear. Many of us older Republicans are aghast at how the party elite have disenfranchised us core Republicans. I am a hard core Republican and have been one all my life. I was brought up listening to Eisenhower on TV and consider him to be the last true Republican president. The rest have been toadies of the bankster-run military-industrial complex he warned us about.

    • lee

      January 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Right On.

    • Reptilemoe

      January 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Why take offence? Ron Paul is a libertarian, and you support his way of thinking, maybe it’s time you left that grand OLD party behind.

    • Phil

      January 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Ditto…..I have been a Republican for many years as well and have had to sit and watch as the GOP Elitist keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. We need Willis and his ideas. No more of the same crap we have gotten from the GOP for the past 20 years!
      And stop with the libertarian labels. We are Americans with similar conservative values who just happen to be in the same tent. Hopefully Willis can open those tent doors back up and welcome those who have been disenfranchised back into the party. Without them, the elephant will soon become a Woolly Mammoth!

  6. Josh

    January 20, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Heh, the way that the GOP treated Ron Paul,… They martyred him.

    They didn’t kill him no, but they created a martyr just by openly cheating, stealing ballots, physically assaulting his supporters, lying and forcing him out. He hasn’t died, but even on the sad day that he does pass, his words will live on. His noble truthful ideals will prevail.

  7. Steven

    January 20, 2013 at 6:09 am

    I liked Ron Paul. He was the only one who seemed remotely sincere about fixing our country. I voted for him in the primary, but reluctantly gave my vote to Romney in November, literally in my eyes “the lesser of the 2 evils”, but still evil. But now we’re stuck with King Barack for 4 more years (at least). Now I feel we are are doomed, I pray we make it to 2016 as the nation we’ve always known. I fear change for the worse is inevitable. It is truly a shame. What a waste of such a great nation.

  8. MuneShadowe

    January 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

    From one liberty minded individual who has been on the inside and then showed the door when helping to orchestrate an overthrow from within good luck! That party from what I have witnessed is ran by a bunch of power hungry FAIRIES (I kid you not) who’s only intent is to be socialist light compared to the communist party that is running the show at this time.
    Keep at it until they cave or fold because they will be fighting kicking and screaming until they have either totally destroyed it or have been totally acquired by the other party of traitors.

  9. gphx

    January 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    The mainstream Republicans played so dirty I feel like I should go reince my priebus.

  10. Galveston Tea Party

    January 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Ron Paul and his followers are CONSERVATIVES! PERIOD.
    SOME may have libertarian ideals as EVERY AMERICAN does but the smear to link Ron Paul Republicans to Libertarians is SICKENING!

    WE ARE PRO LIFE. We believe one of gvts most important roles is to protect innocent life WHERE EVER it may be found.
    LOW or NO Tax on the people.
    Less regulations, less laws.
    Power to the states and local municipalities.


    These are NOT full Libertarian ideals, they are the ideals of CONSERVATIVES.

    Get your DAMN FACTS straight.

    • Reptilemoe

      January 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      RON PAUL is a Libertarian….He has said it himself….you say Libertarian as if it is a bad thing.

  11. crawdord jennings

    January 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Ron Paul’s strategy during the nomination has resulted in a masterstroke that most did not see happening. There is a very good chance that even if Paul had won the nomination, in the end he may not have won against Obama anyway. So what is starting to become apparent is that Paul has thrown down some serious Jedi moves and played the long game, while letting Romney lose badly to Obama. Journalists at the time were dismissing his strategy to dominate the caucus state elections and get the maximum amount of delegates. Most reports focused on the fact that Paul was named ‘third’ in the Iowa primary, yet the top three all left with the same 7 delegates. Not to mention the throwing out of Pauls’s delegates from the RNC with a last minute rule change! This article is proving that Paul’s strategy is correct. Having now has taken on the role of elder statesman, without the responsibilities of being a congressman, he will continue to develop and foster the liberty movement. He owes to noone and thus can do it in peace. And lastly, what a wonderful answer by Drew Ivers “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.” Good tidings for the future.

  12. Droid-orginal

    January 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I’ll be ashamed to accept because of common missed by Piebus when time was right. Time = NOT constant. Ron you enjoy time with family and friends. You have done more then enough for these fake’S KNOCK OUT

  13. Ralph Fucetola JD

    January 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Galveston Tea Party,

    True conservatives are libertarians and the issues you listed are nearly all issues on which libertarians and conservatives agree (libertarians want to regain the freedoms conservatives seek to preserve).

    Libertarians disagree among themselves on the issue of abortion; we respect Dr. Paul’s strong position as a physician on this issue.

    But, to say that Dr. Paul is not a libertarian is not really accurate. For example, in his DC office he had photos of his political heroes.

    The photos were not of Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt, or any other “progressive” (G)OPer. Nor did he have photos of “conservatives.” Rather, strongly libertarian thinkers like Mises and Rothbard were on his congressional office wall.

    One more thing, he supports the real “conservative” foreign policy espoused by the Founders: non-intervention.

    He never joined the neocon “bipartisan” interventionist policy and stood with what we can call the “Leaders of the Opposition” — like Senators Taft and Goldwater — against the welfare/warfare state.

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