Reince Priebus seems to be a bit of a mystery nationally. He is friendly to the TEA Party according to Debbie Dooley of the Tea Party Patriots. Here is what Debbie wrote since you have to be a member of the group to see the Facebook page.
This comment is from a tea party activist in Wisconsin about Preibus. “Reince is definitely in favor of the Tea Party Movement. He attended dozens of tea party events here in Wisconsin and has always publicly spoken out in favor of the movement. My group, the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty, hosted a gubernatorial debate last summer and I learned after the fact that Reince had called the candidates urging them to take part after we had extended the invitations. I met with Reince many times over the last year and a half to discuss what we want, which legislation we think should be enacted/repealed, how we can work best with our legislators. Reince “gets it.”
I take it for granted that anyone who rises to this level in the party is 1.) a hack 2.) an operator 3.) a least a bit Machiavellian. Steele is a bit of an anomaly. He was chosen in the wake of Obama’s election for his celebrity status, his moderation and the fact that he was black. Normally the RNC Chairman is someone more like Priebus, a functionary. So I don’t necessarily hold his hack status against him per se. It is part of the gig. I do think there are hacks who rise through the ranks from the grassroots and those who rise through the ranks who have been establishment from the start. The former would generally be better than the latter.
What is important for an RNC Chairman is that he do his job of fund raising, organizing GOTV activities, etc. adequately, and from our standpoint that the RNC refrains from endorsing RNC favorite candidates prior to the primaries. According to the RLC article he doesn’t forswear pre-primary endorsements. If true this is a problem.