J.C. WATTS To Be Next RNC Chair?

This is just starting to really percolate within the party – and frankly, it is something conservatives should give both attention and consideration to.  J.C. Watts is  a longtime conservative with the kind of charisma and appeal that the party very much needs at this time and should be working hard to promote.

EXCERPT (via Politico)

J.C. Watts for RNC chair?

Former GOP Rep. J.C. Watts says he is being “encouraged” by supporters to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee, a move he says could broaden the party’s appeal to minorities.

But Watts, an African-American conservative who served in the House from 1994-2002, said the GOP defeat on Election Day demonstrates that Republicans need to broaden their appeal to minority voters, and cannot continue on their current path if the party is to be successful in presidential races.

“My concern right now, and I don’t say this necessarily as a candidate [for RNC chairman], my concern is that as a Republican, every single Republican in America ought to be concerned about what has happened in 2008 and 2012,” Watts said in an interview with POLITICO. “In this business, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.”  LINK

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For those unfamiliar with who J.C. Watts is, here is a quick rundown of his considerable credentials:

-Former quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners

-Elected to Congress in 1995 and served until 2003 where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Financial Services Committee.  He also was the first Black Republican to be elected as the House Republican Conference Chair.  Watts was politically aligned with highly regarding conservative leader Jack Kemp, also a former football star,  who himself was strongly influenced by Ronald Reagan.

-While in Congress Watts earned a 94% rating from the American Conservative Union – among the highest of any Republican.  During that same time Congressman Watts was warning then-Republican leaders the party was not doing enough outreach to minority groups and allowing Democrats to create a false perception of who the Republican Party was for – and who it was against.  This warning proved quite accurate in the most recent election of 2012.

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Whether or not J.C. Watts actually decides to run for RNC Chair, he and others like him who have long been strong conservative examples who also shatter the fabricated view that the Republican Party is the party of aged white men, must be far more strongly promoted.  The Republican Party ,when it is at its conservative best, is the party of Freedom, Liberty, and Opportunity – principles that appeal to ALL Americans regardless of race or background.  -UM

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15 Comments to J.C. WATTS To Be Next RNC Chair?
    • truthandjustice
    • “The prospect of former congressman J.C. Watts leading the Republican National Committee was met with chuckles by members of the organization Monday, who said that current chairman Reince Priebus is all-but-guaranteed to be re-elected to his post next month.
      Members of the 168-person RNC, however, were quick to pop the Watts trial balloon on Monday, dismissing the idea with a mixture of skepticism, disbelief and even a hint of ridicule….

      “A little late to the party?” cracked one RNC member.

      Bruce Ash, national committeeman from Arizona, said “an overwhelming number” of RNC members believe Priebus should remain for another two-year term.

      “Reince did a great job leading us out of the abyss,” Ash told CNN. “I know he’ll do a great job moving forward. I’m sure if J.C. wants to get involved he’ll have an opportunity like many people in the coming months and years.”

      Another influential RNC member, asked about the Watts story, said in an email: “He’d have no prayer … I gotta believe J.C. won’t run unless it’s just to get attention.”

      Former Indiana national committeeman Jim Bopp, a longtime conservative voice inside the organization, said Priebus “has overwhelming support for reelection as chairman” thanks largely to his fundraising prowess.
      Some Priebus supporters on the committee say the Watts-as-chairman storyline is at best a vanity project for the former college quarterback, and at worst a low-grade effort by former RNC Chairman Michael Steele to tweak Priebus, a former Steele ally-turned-rival who ousted the controversial ex-chairman from his post in early 2011.

      Their evidence for the latter claim: Watts’ business partner, Elroy Sailor, is married to Angela Sailor, a top official at the RNC during Steele’s tenure there. ”

      http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/03/j-c-watts-as-rnc-chairman-republicans-say-no-way/

    • BigTexas
    • Watts is way too conservative for the RNC these days. The last black RNC Chair was STeel. He was a Northeast liberal republican. Watts is conservative. He’s too good for the RNC these days IMO.

    • silverdust
    • “A little late to the party?” cracked one RNC member.

      Bruce Ash, national committeeman from Arizona, said “an overwhelming number” of RNC members believe Priebus should remain for another two-year term.

      “Reince did a great job leading us out of the abyss,” Ash told CNN. “I know he’ll do a great job moving forward.

      Former Indiana national committeeman Jim Bopp, a longtime conservative voice inside the organization, said Priebus “has overwhelming support for reelection as chairman” thanks largely to his fundraising prowess.

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      Apparently the committeemen are just as clueless as the old bulls of the GOP. What good is outrageous fundraising IF YOU LOSE?

      The GOP is now the party of the Whigs. I’m waiting for a third party.

      I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Reince calls those millionaires in 2014. What a bunch of dolts.

      As for Watts, I wasn’t into politics as much during his heyday, but others gave me the impression that he had to slink away after doing something unsavory. Don’t recall what and I have no gumption to look it up.

      • ShainS
      • For those who haven’t the gumption, there was nothing unsavory about Watts’ departure from Congress: Watts ran for re-election in 2000 despite an earlier pledge not to serve more than three terms. He had ascended to #4 in the House Republican Leadership, and was the only one among those four who still had kids at home.

        In 2002, Watts stated he would not seek reelection, citing a desire to spend more time with his family — but said the decision was difficult because Rosa Parks asked him to stay. Some Republicans argued that Watts complained about the party message and the cancellation of an artillery system in his district by the Bush administration, which Watts denied. Watts supported the candidacy of Tom Cole (R), who won his seat.

      • Publius
      • I seem to recall that story of Watts’ departure from Congress (and not being offered consolation appointment in Bush admin) had something to do with his having fathered a number of children out of wedlock – and allegations that he was not providing child support for them.

    • drjarhead
    • JC Watts endorsed Obama in 2008 and now they want him for RNC chair?

      Are you people nuts?

      He’s an infiltrator like all too many RINOs these days.

      RNC Chairman….give me a break.
      Of course, this goes right along with the plan to drive the Party hard left. Nothing new there.

      You’re being played for chumps.

      drj

    • Kat
    • This false idea was already explained by UM. JC Watts NEVER endorsed Obama. He did an interview back in 2008 think it was Hannity, where he was saying the Republican Party was doing a terrible job of getting its message out to minority groups and nobody should take his vote for granted because he is a Republican. He ended up supporting John McCain in 2008 and then another Republican in 2012 for president. The story about him endorsing Barack Obama is totally 100% false. UM made a great point today about how liberals are coming into conservative sites and spreading lies to get conservatives fighting against each other. Maybe you are one of those maybe not. But the story you just posted is false and I hope UM deletes you for it. We have to stop that kind of thing. Stop fighting against conservatives by so called conservatives!

      • Kat
      • It was covered on FB page. Maybe UM should include it on this story too so people know that the whole endorsed Obama thing is a false story being spread by liberals? I like JC Watts. He is a great conservative american!

    • Redwine
    • It really doesn’t matter. The GOP could choose Donald Duck, for all I care. The GOP is dead. They’re going the way of the Whigs – and good riddance. A new, truly conservative, constitutionalist party needs to form NOW. RIGHT NOW. We will need to build structure and POWER. There’s no time to lose.

      • MEL
      • YOU LIE!!! WATTS NEVER ENDORSED OBAMA!!!! PROVE IT!!!! YOU ARE A LIBERAL SPY SPAMMER!!!!!!!! WATTS GAVE $$$$$ TO MCCAIN!!!!!!!!! LIAR!!!!!!!!!!

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