Melanie Conklin

The Return Of Reince

Priebus may run for governor. Will Trump endorse him?

By , Wisconsin Examiner - Feb 19th, 2021 03:59 pm
Reince Priebus. File photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Reince Priebus. File photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, (CC BY-SA 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

According to Politico Playbook on Friday morning, Kenosha native Reince Priebus is mulling a run for Wisconsin governor in 2022, calling key GOP officials.

“Priebus’ biggest selling point presumably would be the support of former President Donald Trump — the two patched things up after Priebus was fired by the president back in 2017,” according to the article.

Before serving for seven months as Trump’s chief of staff, he was chair of the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017 — and head of the Republican Party of Wisconsin prior to that post.

An Atlantic article detailing his political career following his firing by Trump titled “The Final Humiliation of Reince Priebus” described his time in the White House this way: “Like his party, the former White House chief of staff swallowed his principles in the name of power. He was repaid in savage indignity.”

The July 2017 article also described his bonds with two other Wisconsin GOP officials. “As a lawyer and party activist, he’d watched his friend Scott Walker become governor and another friend, Paul Ryan, get anointed a rising Republican star,” wrote Molly Ball. “They called themselves the ‘Cheesehead Mafia.’”

Also acting very seriously about a run is former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who shared the ticket with former Gov. Scott Walker throughout his time in office, including his loss in 2018.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has not said if he will seek a second term, although Republican leaders, clearly displeased, labeled the budget he unveiled on Tuesday, a “political campaign budget.”

Reprinted with permission of Wisconsin Examiner.

8 thoughts on “The Return Of Reince”

  1. Alan Bartelme says:

    So what has Priebus actually accomplished in his lifetime that would indicate he’d be a good governor? I realize the GOP doesn’t believe in things like experience, knowledge, compassion, etc. to be a leader, but what’s this guy going to sell to the rest of us? That he got fired by Trump after 7 months? Not exactly something I’d be vote for.

  2. steenwyr says:

    Simple, he’s going to get you $100 off your taxes and make sure you know it’s OK to hate “the other” that’s ruining everything; this has worked before, so they’ll try it again…

  3. JMcD says:

    He and Vos were college roommates. Peas in a pod in my view. Just the kind of oily politician we do not need.

  4. Jake formerly of the LP says:

    DC Insider leaks trial balloon to Politico to try to get oligarchs to make him a “thing.” Film at 11.

    Reince hasn’t been elected dogcatcher in his life. And the candidates he wanted as RNC Chair all lost.

    He’s got all of the Trump baggage without Trumpian celebrity, and makes Walker seem.charismatic. Good luck with that, kid.

  5. Thomas Martinsen says:

    RP has an” odd name and an awkward demeanor. His “leadership” of the Republican Party during the Obama years is less than memorable. He has a long and undistinguished resume’. “Bring it on, Reince,” if you have anything to bring.

  6. ringo muldano says:

    Heard this last week and was taken back a bit. Got a text back from a repub friend that knows RP… “He is a slimy politician…”

  7. blurondo says:

    Running for governor is the charade he will use. His real purpose will be to manage the Republican gerrymandering campaign. He’ll probably be paid by the WMC.

  8. Jake formerly of the LP says:

    Blurondo- I like your cynicism. He’ll be the bagman for DC/WMC $$$ for GOP scumminess.

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