The movement among rank-and-file GOP lawmakers to replace Ronna Romney McDaniel as chair of the Republican National Committee is growing. The less-than-spectacular performance of Republican candidates in last month’s midterm elections could mean the end of McDaniel’s leadership after three terms as the party’s top election strategist.
McDaniel had reportedly promised some committee members before Election Day that she would not seek another term. However, if that were indeed the case, she has changed her mind.
After state chairs from Louisiana and Oregon publicly criticized McDaniel for allegedly going back on her promise not to run again, a prominent member of the Texas state GOP tweeted on Monday in opposition to her candidacy. Former candidate for Texas Railroad Commission Tom Slocum wrote: “It’s time for new leadership! Texas CLEARLY does not want Ronna McDaniel.”
It’s time for new leadership!
— Tom Slocum for Texas 🇺🇸 (@slocumfortexas) December 12, 2022
The Texas GOP executive committee voted unanimously last weekend, 62-0, to call for new RNC leadership, citing the results of the 2020 and 2022 elections in their resolution.
GOP power states Arizona and Tennessee have also called for new RNC leadership. In addition, the California GOP executive committee has already voted to officially support attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who has announced her candidacy for RNC chair.
A report on Monday indicated that Nebraska GOP state chair Eric Underwood wrote recently to the RNC rescinding the endorsement he previously gave to McDaniel. He added that he would “not make any further public endorsement for any leadership level at the RNC.”
Underwood said that he now plans to take a vote of the 166 members of his state central committee on which candidate to support as the next RNC chair.
A source told Breitbart News this week that supporters of McDaniel on the RNC circulated a letter of endorsement for her last week to measure her current level of support. The source indicated that McDaniel still has the backing of around two-thirds of the membership.
Along with Dhillon, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has announced his candidacy to replace McDaniel as RNC chair. To win the position, a candidate must receive at least 85 votes from the RNC membership to win with a simple majority. The vote is expected to occur at an RNC meeting in California in late January.