RNC Chair Priebus to address CA GOP convention

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will speak at the state GOP’s spring convention.

Preibus will be the opening-night speaker at the confab, which runs March 14 through 16 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame. The party also announced Friday that House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, will speak at the Saturday-night banquet.

The party previously had announced that former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak as well.

“We’re thrilled to have such a distinguished lineup of speakers for this convention,” party chairman Jim Brulte said in a news release. “Both Chairman Priebus and Congressman Sessions have track records of success in reviving Republican organizations and will be extremely helpful in the ongoing efforts to rebuild our state party from the ground up.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Yeah, the Calif. GOP will convene in a cosy storeroom converted into an

  • Elwood

    I heard they were going to save lots of money by not having to rent the other phone booth.

  • JohnW

    With Brown, Boxer and Feinstein all nearing the end of the trail, the GOP would have a real shot if they would get their act together. The Dems don’t have anybody with “star power” to replace those people. The right GOP candidate (an Arnold if you will) could defeat bland Dem candidates for those offices. Case in point: Arnold running for re-election and defeating Phil Angelides.

  • David Longstreet

    At least the Democrats have candidates even if one accepts your characterization that they don’t have “star power”.

    Who’s on the other side? Tom McClintock? 3 time statewide loser and a tea stained type that doesn’t sell in CA. Tony Strickland? See above comment regarding McClintock. Abel Maldonado? He can’t even get support of his own party.

    Just who would be the Arnold like savior of the Republican party? You realize after the 2003 recall fiasco, that scenario ain’t happening again considering what a disaster Arnold was as Governor. Californians of this generation aren’t stupid and won’t buy into any Reaganesque BS either.

    It’s all about issues, not star power. The Republicans have been on the wrong side of every major issue affecting Californians for a generation. Until they get a clue, the Republicans will be in a permanent minority in this state.

  • JohnW

    I’m a Democrat. But I think you give the electorate too much credit when you say it’s all about issues. For an incumbent in a supposedly blue state, Barbara Boxer didn’t exactly run away with it in the 2010 election. And that was against a pretty boring candidate. If it hadn’t been Jerry Brown running in 2010, Meg Whitman would have had a pretty fair chance. The Democratic bench for higher level statewide offices consists of Kamala Harris (who didn’t exactly win in a landside) and Gavin. Also, among young voters, there is an emerging coalition of liberal and conservative-minded libertarians who could be peeled off by the right candidate. I don’t think California is as blue as you think. The sickly state of the GOP here just makes it look that way.

  • Elwood

    Kamala’s no death penalty even for cop killers won’t fly in the interior.

    I get so sick of handsome Gavin Newsom I could puke. At the dedication of every stop sign and street light “Look, there’s handsome Gavin Newsom!” I hope his campaign manager keeps a close eye on his wife.

  • There is at least one other well-funded, well-known Democrat waiting in the wings for 2016 or 2018. http://www.ibabuzz.com/politics/2013/08/06/steve-westly-dont-call-it-a-comeback/

  • JohnW

    He’s got some work to do on the name-recognition front. Not exactly Mr. Charisma.

  • David Longstreet

    Barbara Boxer was marked for extinction by every pundit in each of her re-election campaigns and still won. To me, that speaks to the electorate really looking at the issues and not just her supposed “boringness”. Remember Matt Fong? He was supposed to wipe the floor with Boxer and ended up losing by 10 points.

    As for Whitman, she tripped over herself enough that all that money couldn’t save her. Californians do have a history of rejecting big money candidates from Norton Simon to Michaile Huffington to Al Checchi to Whitman and Carly Fiorina. Money gets them on the radar, but it doesn’t win the elections. I think any of the high profile constitutional office holders would have beaten Whitman despite her money advantage.

    You are correct, there is a small movement of conservative minded libertarians in the state. The problem for Republicans is their current policies created the libertarian factions in the first place. National (and state) Republicans have gotten so extreme that they are peeling off libertarian voters who nominally supported them in the past. Bircher speak doesn’t sell to Libertarians, and unfortunately, many of the current Republican memes have hints of 60’s era Bircher rhetoric. As for the liberal spin-offs, they tend to vote Green or not at all. I don’t think at this time, (qualification!) the libertarian numbers are electorally significant.

    I’m trying to think of anyone who could be a viable statewide candidate that remotely would appeal to the group you mentioned. I’m not having any success.

  • Elwood

    Boxer is the Peter principle personified. When Crazy Uncle Joe left she inherited the mantle of stupidest member of the Senate.

  • JohnW

    We may get a test of your theory about young “liberal spin-offs” in 2016, if Rand Paul ends up the GOP nominee. New York Times had an article about this Sunday. I agree there is no GOP “dream candidate” on the horizon for statewide office. That may enable California Dems to get away with a mediocre bench for a while, but nothing lasts forever.

  • JohnW

    Okay, enlighten me. Who is, was “Crazy Uncle Joe?” I assume you are not speaking of either the late senator from Wisconsin or “Uncle Joe Stalin.”

  • Elwood

    That would be the ever popular and entertaining Vice President Joe Biden, the former Senator from Delaware.

    aka Obama’s insurance policy.

  • David Longstreet

    Fact Free Fox The Five Falderal. You sound like that idiot Greg Gutfeld.

    Seriously, what the hell are you talking about? Boxer may be a partisan of a stripe that you don’t like, but she isn’t stupid.

    Come back when you have something of substance to add instead of brain dead ad hominem. For now, please return to the kid’s table where you can jabber away with fellow wingnuts.

  • JohnW


  • David Longstreet

    The bench issue is one of my big complaints with term limits. We no longer have people that have been in the system and know how it works anymore. There isn’t time for anyone to learn to legislate by negotiation. We just have a system of musical chairs with no real development of our leaders. The days of a Jesse Unruh and Nick Petris are long gone.

    I don’t buy the argument that “fresh blood” invigorates the system. Fresh blood just leads to confusion and an over reliance on lobbyists (who don’t have term limits) and other careerists. Back on point, It doesn’t prepare politicians for higher office in my opinion. We are now in a period of legislation by sound bite, and as much as hate the “both sides do it” argument (which is usually a false equivalency) I believe in this case the argument is valid.

    As for the bench, any constitutional office holder that isn’t tainted by scandal can be considered a prospect for higher office. Obviously, Gavin Newsom will run for Governor, and we will likely see Dave Jones or John Chiang vie for a Senate seat in the future, along with John Garamendi.

  • David Longstreet

    Sorry, Elwood, but the votes aren’t in the “interior”, they are on the coast. The cow counties (I can call them that, I used to live in Modoc County) can go 70% for a right winger, but 70% of 10,000 is not much. The same goes for counties like Glenn, Inyo, Mono, Sierra and Siskiyou.

    Having said that, support for the death penalty declines every year. This isn’t 1978, the death penalty is not a dead bang (no pun intended) winner anymore.

  • David Longstreet

    You can see Newsom’s ex-wife on Fox’s “The Five” once in awhile doing the right wing schtick. None other than Kimberly Guilfoyle.

  • David Longstreet

    How’s that? Westly’s run for Governor before, and spent a lot of money doing it in 2006. He’s not a favorite of mine personally, especially after giving money to Ro Khanna who is trying to turf out the congressman representing my home town of Fremont, Mike Honda.

    Khanna had his chance against Pete Stark and blew it by not bothering to compete. Now he’s trying to use tech money (and the money he raised last cycle) to defeat one of our better congressmen in Mike Honda.

  • Elwood

    “Since Biden left the Senate I think Barbara “Call me Senator!” Boxer is definitely the dumbest member of that August body.”


    “Boxer is easily the dumbest member of the Senate in history.”


    Would you like me to go on?

  • David Longstreet

    No sale, Elwood. Your first cite is written by some guy from Powerline which is a right wing opinion site. His comments about Boxer are just that clown’s opinion only. That doesn’t “prove” anything.

    This next bit is from your second citation HuffPo’s Smartest US Senators:

    [quote]A former stockbroker — and a graduate of Brooklyn College where she majored in economics — Boxer was the first female president of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. She’s the first female chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and she holds the record for the most number of popular votes in a statewide election in California, the country’s most populous state. She’s also written two novels, “A Time To Run” and “Blind Trust.”[/quote]

    I didn’t read the comments section which I suspect you were quoting. The HuffPo piece proves the point that Boxer isn’t dumb.

    That’s the best you can do?

    Run along now. The morning cartoons are just about ready to start. We want to make sure you stay challenged intellectually.