Ronna McDaniel, the current chairperson of the RNC, has come under fire for the GOP’s underwhelming showing in the 2022 midterm elections and for calling for somebody to challenge her.
Lee Zeldin, a former congressman and candidate for governor of New York, was one of the main candidates tapped to take on her, and now he’s decided.
Zeldin announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he would not be seeking the role of RNC chairman, but that he had asked McDaniel to resign.
“RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel should not run for a 4th term. I won’t be running for RNC Chair at this time with McDaniel’s reelection pre-baked by design, but that doesn’t mean she should even be running again,” Zeldin stated.
“It’s time the GOP elects new leadership! It’s time for fresh blood!”
In order to avoid detracting from the Georgia Senate runoff election, Zeldin tweeted last Sunday that he would announce his choice after the contest.
Zeldin provided a detailed explanation of his decision-making process in an official statement that was also shared on his Twitter account.
Zeldin said, “Change is desperately needed, and there are many leaders, myself included, ready and willing to step up to ensure our party retools and transforms as critical elections approach, namely the 2024 Presidential and Congressional races.”
Zeldin also discussed the strategic adjustments needed for the GOP to succeed.
“As for the Republican Party, it must become more successful at fundraising, more efficient with spending, sharper with ballot collection and election integrity efforts, smarter with messaging, more present in Democrat strongholds, and more connected to the the grassroots.”
Despite losing, Zeldin’s governor campaign saw significant swings throughout the state of New York, particularly in locations that were seen as Democratic, like New York City.
Zeldin’s decision may have disappointed many grassroots activists, but McDaniel is still up against resistance from the GOP base for her stance.
Harmeet Dhillon, an RNC committeewoman and election lawyer, declared her intention to challenge McDaniel on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program.
Prior to making her official announcement, Dhillon issued a statement outlining her reasons for running.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“After three successive terms of underwhelming results at the polls for the GOP, all the while with leaders congratulating ourselves for outstanding performance, I feel that we owe it to our voters to have a serious debate about the leadership of the party and what we must change to actually win in 2024,” Dhillon said as reported by Politico.
Given Dhillon’s established position within the RNC, her bid seems the strongest, although she is not the only challenger. CONTINUE READING…