RNC chairman heads to Brooklyn for African American outreach

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is headed to Brooklyn, New York, on Monday as part of an effort to reach out to African American voters.

Priebus will speak at the Christian Cultural Center in East New York. The Rev. A. R. Bernard, the church's founder, is a Republican (albeit one who voted for President Obama in 2008). State party chairman Ed Cox, who will also speak Monday afternoon, has urged him to consider running for mayor.

The 2 p.m. event is part of the Growth and Opportunity Project, a post-election Republican effort to expand the party.

"As we've traveled the country the past few months, we've heard over and over that the Republican Party needs to welcome new voters into the fold by being inclusive and spending time and resources in communities across the country," said RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski. "Chairman Priebus is dedicated to doing what's necessary to become an inclusive, big tent party."

Priebus has been meeting with Republicans around the country, including black and Hispanic leaders. He will announce the findings of the Growth and Opportunity Project on March 18, at an event at the National Press Club.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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