Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has remained silent on the ongoing controversy surrounding the Mississippi Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Several RNC committee members, Tea Party leaders, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz are calling for an investigation into the race baiting tactics that took place during the primary.
Indeed, Missouri GOP state chairman Ed Martin has called for an investigation into race-baiting ads in Mississippi, calling for a “clean sweep” of any vendor involved out of doing GOP committee work.
But Priebus has thus far remained silent.
Could this video and his ties to the Barbour family be why?
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In the aftermath of the 2012 election, Reince Priebus gave the following statement to an audience at the National Press Club in DC.
When questioned on reaching out to the African American community and ensuring that every vote counts, Priebus said, “it should be easy to vote but hard to cheat.”
Priebus called for that principle to be a part of the Republican party.
But as more evidence emerges that Henry Barbour and the Barbour family was involved in the race baiting ads, Priebus is no where to be found.
Priebus’s ties to the Barbour machine date as early as 2010 when Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post identified Barbour’s connection to Priebus.
“Henry Barbour, the nephew of Gov. Henry Barbour, and a committeeman from Mississippi, has approached Reince Priebus, who served as the chairman of Steele’s first run for chairman in 2009, about the possibility of challenging the incumbent early next year,” wrote Cillizza in the Washington Post in November 10, 2010.
The New York Times reported in early January 2011:
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, is the insiders’ choice — the top candidate of Henry Barbour, a Mississippi committee member, among others. But critics have pointed out that Mr. Priebus was a member of Mr. Steele’s inner circle and failed to sound the alarm about the party’s fund-raising shortfall.
The New York Times also reported that Henry was behind the machinations right after the 2010 elections:
In an interview Tuesday night, Henry Barbour said, ”I like Mike Steele, and I’ve worked hard to support him as chairman.” But, he added, ”I do think we have to make a change, and I have actively talked to some other members in the last week or so and encouraged a few of them to consider running.”
Among those Mr. Barbour has approached is a member of Mr. Steele’s ”kitchen cabinet” of advisers, Reince Priebus, who is chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin and who helped manage Mr. Steele’s first election for the chairmanship two years ago.
The times were so close that Priebus had to come out and say he wasn’t going to be Haley Barbour’s plant in 2011.
Here’s what Tim Mak of the Frum Forum wrote at the time:
For his part, Priebus has denied being anything of a proxy for Haley Barbour. “I’m not Haley’s choice, I don’t think that Haley has any horse in the race, and he’s made that pretty clear on the record,” Priebus told FrumForum earlier this week. Governor Barbour told the Washington Times in December that “I am not for anybody for chairman, and I do not expect to support anybody for chairman.”
Asked if the Barbours or their associates had supported him materially, Priebus told FrumForum, “not at all.”
However, Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour, Haley Barbour’s nephew, has publicly endorsed Priebus – which has led some to speculate that Priebus is Barbour’s choice.
Priebus’s close ties to Barbour may impede a full investigation. Henry Barbour is reportedly spinning about his involvement with the racist ads that aired during the runoff.
GotNews.com will have more on that in the coming days.
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