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Republican Chairman Priebus in Brooklyn Monday for African-American ‘listening tour’

March 11, 2013 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is set to appear in Brooklyn on Monday as part of the RNC’s “engagement and listening session with African American business, political and governmental leaders.”

Priebus will speak at the Christian Cultural Center in East New York at 2 p.m. with Rev. A. R. Bernard, the church’s Republican founder, and state party chairman Ed Cox. According to the Washington Post, Cox has urged Rev. Bernard to consider running for mayor.

Priebus has been meeting with Republicans around the country, including black and Hispanic leaders, to examine how the GOP performed (or underperformed) in the 2012 elections. He will announce the findings of the Growth and Opportunity Project on March 18, at the National Press Club.

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“This really is a testament to the hard work accomplished by Republicans in Brooklyn, to be able to attract the Chairman of the Republican National Committee to our backyard,” Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton told the Brooklyn Eagle on Monday. “We’re excited to have the national chairman in Brooklyn to meet with Rev. Bernard, a well-known and respected minister. We’re looking forward to taking part in this event.”

According to The Hill, in the recent election President Obama won 93 percent of the black vote, 71 percent of the Hispanic vote and 73 percent of the Asian vote, helping him coast to a victory over Republican Mitt Romney.

The RNC told CNN that the meetings have included what they say is “everything the party needs to work on for the future,” including technology, vote by mail and fundraising, as well as outreach to minority and younger voters.

“Chairman Priebus is dedicated to doing what’s necessary to become an inclusive, big tent party,” said RNC Press Secretary Kirsten Kukowski.

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