The return of Reince? 

    Reince Priebus speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
    Reince Priebus speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

    According to Politico Playbook on Friday morning, Kenosha native Reince Priebus is mulling a run for Wisconsin governor in 2022, calling key GOP officials. 

    Priebus’ biggest selling point presumably would be the support of former President Donald Trump — the two patched things up after Priebus was fired by the president back in 2017,” according to the article. 

    Before serving for seven months as Trump’s chief of staff, he was chair of the Republican National Committee from 2011 to 2017 — and head of the Republican Party of Wisconsin prior to that post.

    An Atlantic article detailing his political career following his firing by Trump titled “The Final Humiliation of Reince Priebus” described his time in the White House this way: “Like his party, the former White House chief of staff swallowed his principles in the name of power. He was repaid in savage indignity.”

    The July 2017 article also described his bonds with two other Wisconsin GOP officials. “As a lawyer and party activist, he’d watched his friend Scott Walker become governor and another friend, Paul Ryan, get anointed a rising Republican star,” wrote Molly Ball. “They called themselves the ‘Cheesehead Mafia.’”

    Also acting very seriously about a run is former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who shared the ticket with former Gov. Scott Walker throughout his time in office, including his loss in 2018. 

    Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has not said if he will seek a second term, although Republican leaders, clearly displeased, labeled the budget he unveiled on Tuesday, a “political campaign budget.”

    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.