Watts: GOP Should Be Fired for Election Performance

Wednesday, 05 Dec 2012 05:13 PM

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If a football coach or CEO of a company delivered the results the Republican Party saw on election day, that leader would be fired, said former Oklahoma Rep. JC Watts in an interview with MSNBC.

The statement was part of an answer regarding the mostly white, male chairs chosen by the GOP to lead committees in the House and the party finding ways to reach demographics that fit only one, or neither, of those terms.

“I would say to you that if any CEO or any head coach or any pastor would have delivered the results that we got on Nov. 6, when we were wrong in every category . . .that CEO would be fired, that head coach would be fired,” Watts said.

Watts blamed selections for committee leadership on the look of the party and who it's voters sent to Washington, suggesting it may take time to see changes.

He explained that outreach to groups other than white men would take time, starting with the groups put together by the Republican National Committee and that would change the look of the caucus in Congress — eventually helping how broad an appeal the party can get.

“When you see it happening there [at the RNC], I think you’ll eventually see it filter through in those committee chairs,” he said. “We can’t expect to have diversity in our committee chairs when we got our Republican Party chairman that I don’t know, that I don’t have a relationship with. So if I don’t know him, how do we expect Joe Six Pack black guy or Joe Six Pack working white guy or Joe Six Pack working Hispanic . . . I have no confidence that they know him.”

Watts did not say whether he has decided to challenge RNC Chair Reince Priebus in February, noting that the chairman “has 120, 140 votes out of 168 votes. That tells me the RNC probably isn’t ready for the kind of change that I would be proposing.”

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