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New RNC Chair cleaning house on 2012 Fla convention



There's a new Republican National Chairman in office, and he's about to clean house on the team putting together the 2012 Republican convention in Tampa.

Responding to complaints about excessive spending by the RNC's convention team, newly elected chairman Reince Priebus told Republican U.S. House members in a closed door meeting Saturday that he was going to replace the RNC's convention team in Tampa Bay with his own team, Politico reported Saturday.

The RNC has about a half dozen staffers working on the convention out of donated office space in downtown Tampa, but the work has drawn considerable criticism and helped fuel opposition to former RNC chairman Michael Steele. For instance, he hired his former assistant, Belinda Cook, for $15,000-per-month, and she spent thousands of dollars renting a 3,200 square foot waterfront Treasure Island home.

Priebus is expected to fly to Tampa next week to review the early convention operations. (story here)

[Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 8:37pm]


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