Wisconsinite leads charge on Republican "wakeup call"
MILWAUKEE- Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus is calling for the party to remodel itself.
On Monday, the RNC announced the results of its autopsy into how it lost the 2012 election, promising to be more inclusive and reach out minority, women and younger voters.
"When Republicans lost in November, it was a wake-up call," Priebus, a native of Wisconsin, said. "And in response, I initiated the most public and most comprehensive post- election review in the history of any national party."
Priebus said he wanted an assessment that was frank, thorough and transparent.
Some of the suggested solutions identified by the report will be to cut down on the number of primary debates, and a $10 million outreach effort to help counter some voters’ perceptions of the GOP.
"The perception that we're the party of the rich, unfortunately, continues to grow. That's frustrating," Priebus explained.
UW- Milwaukee Professor Mordecai Lee said this new direction by the party is important to Wisconsin because many of the voters in the state are who Republicans are targeting, but he didn't think the idea was a slam dunk, fearing that it may make some more conservative Republicans worried.
Bob Spindell with the Republican Party of Wisconsin said he was happy with the new direction and it was something some people have been hoping for after watching what he called "missed opportunities by the Romney Camp."
Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson put his support behind Priebus after tweeting early Monday "@reince Priebus doing a terrific job and moving the RNC in a positive direction #opportunity"