First Mention: 2008 | Reince Priebus Predicts Wisconsin Will Go Red

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Reince Preibus, when he was the Wisconsin Republican Party chairman.

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“Democrats here,” Reince Priebus said, referring to Wisconsin, “are not New York- or California-type Democrats. These labor Democrats are conservative people to begin with.”

So said the president elect’s newly minted chief of staff, speaking about a state that, like Pennsylvania, had long eluded the Republican Party.

So he said in 2008, that is.

Mr. Priebus, appointed by Donald J. Trump on Sunday to the highest-ranking position in the White House, first appeared in The New York Times on Sept. 28, 2008. “Union Leaders Confronted by Resistance to Obama,” the…

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