Iowa’s Republican National Committeeman, Steve Scheffler, has told TheIowaRepublican.com that he is supporting Reince Priebus to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee. Not only is Scheffler supporting Priebus, but he has agreed to serve in Priebus’ “kitchen cabinet.”
Priebus, who currently is the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, oversaw sweeping wins in his state in the last election. Wisconsin Republicans elected a new Republican Governor, defeated a powerful incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator, added two congressional seats, and elected Republican majorities in both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature.
Preibus won Scheffler’s support by being a strong defender of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status, having a strong stance on social issues, and pledging to run a tight ship if elected to lead the RNC.
Scheffler’s support of Priebus is also a blow to Gentry Collins’ bid to be RNC chairman. Collins, an Iowan, has spent years working in Iowa politics. His inability to secure the support of all three Iowa RNC members will likely be a red flag to other members of the committee. Collins officially announced his candidacy yesterday, despite filing the necessary paperwork while he was still employed as Steele’s Political Director.
Last night, current RNC Chairman Michael Steele announced that he would seek another term. After participating in a conference call with Steele, Scheffler told TheIowaRepublican.com, “I’m surprised with all the drama leading up to this that he is running for a second term. His tenure as chairman has been a disaster. For the sake of our Republic, we must elect a chairman who can help carry us to victory in 2012 to defeat the Obama socialist agenda.”
The election for Chairman will take place January 15 at the RNC’s winter meeting.
Below is YouTube video from the Priebus for RNC Chairman Campaign.