Following his run for governor of the Empire State, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) is allegedly thinking about running for chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC).
After failing in his attempt to oust incumbent New York Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) in red New York, Zeldin has been urged by activists and supporters around the nation to run for the office. Additionally, the Republican is considering it, according to John Brabender, Zeldin’s media strategist.
“It’s likely that he will at least explore it. … He’s fielding calls, talking to people, listening to them, but it has not gone beyond that,” Brabender said, according to NBC News.
Zeldin’s consideration comes in the wake of Republicans’ underwhelming midterm election performance, despite the fact that they received six million more votes than Democrats in House races. It is still unknown whether current RNC chair Ronna McDaniel or her cochair Tommy Hicks will run for reelection.
Even though all indications are that the GOP will win the House, Democrats still hold a narrow advantage in the Senate, and some Republicans are calling for change going ahead.
“The people whose job it was to win but did not win should go do something else now. We’re speaking specifically of the Republican leadership of the House and the Senate and of the RNC,” Tucker Carlson stated last week.
“It is nothing personal; some of them are, no doubt, nice people, but they took hundreds of millions of dollars to paint the map red, and they didn’t,” he added, explaining that they “shouldn’t be promoted.”
“No one should ever be rewarded for failure,” he declared. “If there is a truly conservative principle in life, it is the principle of the meritocracy. You reward excellence. You do not reward mediocrity, and when you do, things fall apart.”
Zeldin was defeated by less than six percentage points, making it one of the tightest governor’s races in twenty years, which disappointed conservatives who had anticipated endorsements from prominent officials like Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) would give him the edge. His campaign also helped the GOP win several New York congressional seats, including the one currently held by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY), the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC):
We flipped 4 NY Congressional seats, broke the supermajority in the State Senate, and received the most votes of any GOP candidate since Nelson Rockefeller. Team Zeldin put in max effort every day and has no regrets. It was such an honor to lead this year’s ticket. https://t.co/bpOTFBrh9F
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) November 10, 2022
The announcement comes in response to a recent YouGov poll, which revealed that 42 percent of Republicans felt that the Republican party needed to adopt a “different kind of approach” in the upcoming election.
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