Reince Priebus, who led the Wisconsin Republican Party to major gains in the 2010 midterm elections, won election as chairman of the Republican National Committee in a drawn-out balloting process Friday, ousting incumbent Chairman Michael Steele after a rocky two-year tenure.
Priebus started out as the top vote-getter in the race, besting Steele by one vote on the first ballot. But it wasn’t until the seventh round of voting that he passed the 85-vote victory threshold, counting 97 supporters on the final ballot.
While all five RNC candidates expressed their support of traditional marriage when asked, Priebus led the pack.
Priebus was the only one who spoke to the combined issues of judicial activism, the natural basis of marriage, and the social ideal it represents for children:
"I don't believe judges can rewrite the constitution and redraft what marriage is. There is a sanctity to marriage and I agree with Michael that it is foundational in our lives. I believe children should grow up with a father and a mother if possible. Certainly we support single parents if possible. I don't believe anyone should be denied dignity, everyone should be loved, I believe that marriage should be between one woman and on man."
NOM looks forward to Chairman Priebus putting his pro-marriage beliefs into action as he works to recruit strong candidates nationwide who support the traditional definition of marriage and reflect the views of the majority of his party.