Monday, December 03, 2012

Protests, contest on tap for GOP meeting in CLT?

Next month's Republican winter meeting in Charlotte could get interesting.

Politico reports that former Congressman J.C. Watts of Oklahoma is considering a challenge to GOP Chairman Reince Priebus. Watt, who is African American, says the party should do more to reach out to minorities.

"(M)y concern is that as a Republican, every single Republican in America ought to be concerned about what has happened in 2008 and 2012,” Watts told Politico. “In this business, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.”

President Obama won 93 percent of black voters and 70 percent of Latino voters.

Meanwhile, a group posting on a blog called the Daily Paul says it's planning to protest Priebus at the Charlotte meeting. Organizers, who include at least two Charlotte supporters of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, are trying to raise money for a hospitality suite at the meeting. Their complaints appear to stem from the GOP convention in Tampa, where some conservatives felt shut out.

The GOP will hold its meeting at the Westin Hotel from Jan. 23-26.