Pressure Intensifies on Ronna McDaniel to Not Run for Reelection as RNC Chair with Republicans Yearning for Major Leadership Changes

There is a growing demand for Ronna McDaniel to refrain from running for a fourth term in the role of RNC (Republican National Committee) chairwoman. Two members of the committee, Roger Villere of Louisiana and Solomon Yue of Oregon, are asking McDaniel to step down to allow for a new leader.

In a letter addressed to McDaniel, Villere urged her to keep her word and not run for reelection. Just the News reports: “Villere, chairman of the Republican National Conservative Caucus (RNCC), told Just the News that McDaniel had previously informed RNC committee members on stage during a meeting that her current term would be her last. She publicly announced last month that she would be seeking another term. ‘Here she is running again, and yet we’ve had three losing election cycles in a row,’ Villere said. ‘Let’s get some new, fresh energy in there, and let’s win.’”

It's difficult to understand why McDaniel, following the Republicans’ poor performance in the midterms and failure to win the Georgia Senate runoff, is feeling emboldened to remain in the position of RNC leader. 

RedState‘s Bonchie expressed some thoughts about the matter yesterday: “Every single time McDaniel appears in public, she makes the case for her own ouster. The record is what the record is, and no amount of gaslighting will change that. She has not overseen a successful election since taking power, and people are suffering because of it.”

RNC member Yue talked about his distinct perspective as an immigrant, telling Just the News: “’I was born in communist China, survived Mao's Cultural Revolution, and found freedom in America,’ Yue said. ‘I have been very concerned about whether or not we can keep this Republic since we lost the White House in 2020. I have also seen Biden’s Cancel Cultural Revolution happening everywhere in America.’ Yue said he has lost confidence in McDaniel’s ‘leadership based on her past performance’ and if the ‘RNC fails to deliver the White House win in 2024, this time we lose America.’”

Sources close to a variety of RNC members have said that the number of committee members listed as supporting McDaniel in the most recent letter of support is incorrect. Villere confirmed this by saying that the grassroots Republicans whom he's talked to are demanding an overhaul at the top, especially following Herschel Walker's consequential defeat in Georgia’s Senate race this week.

Lee Zeldin has declined to be a candidate in the race for RNC chair, claiming McDaniel rigged the vote, but there are two candidates vying for the position: Harmeet Dhillon and Mike Lindell. Dhillon's candidacy is growing in popularity, and he has recently gained the support of top conservative media stalwart Laura Ingraham. In her talk show last night, Ingraham said, “It’s time to look for new leadership that will revitalize the RNC and help the party move to victory after victory in 2024. And that would mean supporting our next guest”—Harmeet Dhillon.

The RNC race is one of two crucial contests in which established Republicans are facing challenges from the more conservative and action-oriented sections of their own party. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the current House Minority Leader, is presumed to be the most likely candidate to become Speaker of the House when Republicans take the majority in Congress in January, but he doesn't currently have the required votes to be successful. This is an important turning point in the political landscape, and the outcomes of these contests will determine in which direction it moves.

The next RNC chairperson will be chosen in late January in Dana Point, California.

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