Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has sympathy for those who find his name difficult to spell or pronounce. “My name’s what happens when a Greek marries a German,” he joked.
His job is what happens when fifty state party organizations marry a presidential campaign. Priebus has been widely hailed for his success in restoring the RNC’s financial strength. The marketing and fund-raising machine he fine-tuned will now be put to the test, as it participates in both a national effort to win the White House, and countless fierce struggles in hotly-contested House districts and Senate races. He’s well aware of the tension between local organizations and the national party apparatus, as well as between movement conservatives and the Republican Party.