Ron, Rand Paul not backing challenger to RNC Chairman Priebus

Neither former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) nor his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), is backing a long-shot bid to unseat Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at this week's RNC winter meetings in Charlotte, N.C.

Sen. Paul's chief of staff told the Washington Times that though he wasn't officially backing anyone in the race, he expected Priebus to be comfortably reelected, and "looked forward" to working with him in the future. Paul, who is mulling a presidential run, has been careful not to antagonize the GOP's party brokers — a contrast, some would say, to his father.

A spokesman for the senior Paul told the Daily Caller that he wasn't getting involved in efforts by Mark Willis, an RNC committee member from Maine who was a Paul presidential delegate at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Willis was part of a noisy floor protest by Paul backers at the convention that they weren't being heard out. Now he's seeking to take out Priebus, even though the RNC chairman says he's secured the backing of 150 of the committee's 168 delegates.