Austin,TX – For more than 8 hours, RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, visited with select groups of Republican Activists at the Omni Downtown Hotel. Organized by Republican Party of Texas Chairman, Steve Munisteri, the meeting was intended to showcase the hard work being done by Texas Republicans while sharing our successes and failures with the Chairman.
Since it was a “closed” meeting, we are not allowed to go into the details of the meeting, or mention specifics about what was discussed, but one thing’s certain, this was no dog and pony show. Admittedly, Prior to the meeting, many of the activists weren’t sure what to expect, or whether Reince Priebus was there to learn from us, or appease us.
Immediately, the tone was set, making it clear he was there to listen to us and include our discussions in future RNC strategy and planning. Chairman Priebus sat with notepad and pen in hand, asking questions of his own, while answering many of our questions about why certain things were done the way they were during this past election.
At different times, the Chairman visited with Hispanic, Black and Asian activists, getting to know the intricacies of each culture and community. It was a time to share ideas, express concerns, and connect with our Republican National Committee Chairman.
As the meeting came to a close, I talked to others about their “take” on the day’s events. Everyone I spoke with was positive, energized and hopeful about the Republican Party’s future. The Republican Party of Texas did it’s job and assembled an incredible group of activists to meet the Chairman, showing our diversity and strength.
It was an honor to attend and represent GOPisForMe, and I’m thankful for the opportunity.
On a personal note, to those following the blogs and site, you may remember the blog I wrote about the RNC Chairman and their lack of response to the immigration issue. I wrote about the fact “immigration” was not listed as an issue on the Hispanic RNC site, suggesting we need to add it, especially if we want to gain Hispanic votes.
You’ll be happy to hear that Chairman Priebus agrees we should include Immigration on the RNC website and “take a leadership role” on immigration. Many have said the Republican Party needs to re-brand itself, and if the RNC takes what it learned from Texas Republican activists, I’m confident the new “brand” will be one that embraces inclusiveness and tolerates diversity in culture.
It was an historic day in Austin, and I was proud to be there and proud to be a Republican.