REPUBLICANS

RNC Hires Additional Communications Staff

Trump’s success could be creating a political realignment within the GOP.

April 13, 2017, 11:09 a.m.

The Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee hired more com­mu­nic­a­tions staff. Mi­chael Ahrens will be a spokes­man and rap­id re­sponse dir­ect­or. “Scott Park­er has been pro­moted to deputy re­search dir­ect­or. Lind­say Jancek has been pro­moted to deputy com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or and Rick Gorka has been pro­moted to deputy com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or and will over­see the re­gion­al com­mu­nic­a­tions, 2018 ef­forts, and day-to-day in the de­part­ment. El­lie Wal­lace and Chris­ti­ana Purves are new re­gion­al com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­ors un­der Gorka.” (Politico)

RE­PUB­LIC­AN RE­ALIGN­MENT. “From the mo­ment Don­ald Trump first launched his un­likely as­cent to the pres­id­ency, Re­pub­lic­ans fiercely de­bated wheth­er they could con­sider him a true con­ser­vat­ive. Now, there’s evid­ence that Trump’s con­quest of the GOP is caus­ing act­iv­ists to re­define ‘con­ser­vat­ism’ it­self.”

“In­deed, it ap­pears many of the grass­roots-level Re­pub­lic­ans sur­veyed” in a re­cent re­search “pa­per—the kind of people who make small-dol­lar dona­tions to can­did­ates, vo­lun­teer for phone banks, and staff loc­al cam­paigns—be­lieved that the more loy­al a sen­at­or was to Trump, the more con­ser­vat­ive he was. … But the pa­per’s find­ings could have polit­ic­al im­plic­a­tions that ex­tend far bey­ond dic­tion… This could be an early sig­nal that Trump-style na­tion­al­ism is sup­plant­ing old-school con­ser­vat­ism as the Re­pub­lic­an Party’s dom­in­ant ideo­logy.” (The At­lantic)

MONTANA GOP. Montana Re­pub­lic­an Party chair Jeff Ess­mann is run­ning for Billings may­or. (Great Falls Tribune)

IN­TERN­AL DIS­AGREE­MENT. Some fear party in­fight­ing on Cap­it­ol Hill could doom Trump’s agenda, and pre­vent the party from passing any ma­jor le­gis­la­tion ahead of the 2018 midterms. (The Hill)

Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) cri­ti­cized Trump’s for­eign policy ap­proach. The In­di­ana Re­pub­lic­an, dur­ing a lec­ture hos­ted by the For­eign Policy As­so­ci­ation, called Trump’s for­eign policy goals ‘simplist­ic, pro­sa­ic and re­act­ive.’” (In­di­ana­pol­is Star)

WHERE THERE’S A WILL. George Will: “Al­though just a little over two years old, the [House Free­dom Caucus] sig­nals a re­viv­al of con­gres­sion­al res­ist­ance to the dan­ger­ous wax­ing of ex­ec­ut­ive power un­der pres­id­ents of both parties. The caucus is a rar­ity, a heart­en­ing polit­ic­al de­vel­op­ment: people giv­ing pri­or­ity to their le­gis­lat­ive craft and in­sti­tu­tion rather than to a pres­id­ent of their party bark­ing at them.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

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