Rebranding Republicans No Tea Party for Priebus, Re-Election Ready

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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 27, 2012.

As members of the Republican National Committee gather today in Charlotte, Chairman Reince Priebus is facing what’s expected to be an easy ride to re-election on Friday.

That doesn’t mean his second, two-year term won’t be filled with plenty of challenges. As he looks to the future, Priebus reflected on the financial mess he inherited — in an interview with Bloomberg News.

“The RNC’s credit cards, both of them were suspended for lack of payment,” he said. “And it took time to get them reinstated, so for the first couple of months, all of the travel by me and the staff was paid for on my credit cards.”

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