This week, the big battle for the future of the Republican Party is taking place at a gorgeous beachside resort in Southern California’s Orange County.
Battle scene: At the annual winter meeting of the Republican National Committee (RNC), members of the committee will hold a secret ballot on Friday to determine the next chairman of the National Party Committee.
The RNC showdown is the first hotly contested presidential race in 12 years, with controversy rising as the party plunges into an election cycle aimed at retaking the White House and retaking the Senate, while the Republican Party decides its leadership. has turned into a family feud that has become the focus of the majority and holds fragile control of the House of Representatives. And that comes as the party looks to bounce back from the disappointing results of November’s midterm elections and debates the future of the party and former President Trump’s continued influence over the Republican Party.
Ronna McDaniel, who is running for a fourth term to run an unprecedented RNC in modern times, is challenged by attorney Hermit Dillon, who is also a member of the RNC Commission in California and served as legal counsel to former President Donald Trump. is chanted. Dhillon announced her bid for RNC chairman on Fox News Channel last month.
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McDaniel is seeking stability, and Dillon has launched an insurrection campaign highlighting the need for change following the Republican Party’s lackluster performance in the 2022 midterm elections. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell strongly supports Trump’s unproven allegations that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and stolen, and long bid for his shot at the presidency. I am running for office because I am doing
McDaniel was Trump’s handpicked choice to lead the committee as Michigan’s GOP chairman after winning the White House in 2016, and was re-elected in 2019 and 2021. According to McDaniel’s team, the chairman raised a record $1.5 billion during his tenure, traveled more than 500,000 miles, and held more than 330 fundraising events.
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“Thanks to our party’s proven messaging and support from key stakeholders, we as a committee have experienced multiple record-breaking fundraising cycles. We can’t give up and we need to ensure that Republican candidates above and below the ballot have the resources they need to win,” McDaniel wrote in a recent opinion piece for FoxNews.com.
But the Republican election setback in November, when the Republicans failed to win back the Senate and lost a major gubernatorial race, when the Republicans lost the majority of the House in 2018, and in 2020, when the Republicans lost the Senate and the Whites. Retreat when losing control of With House, all under McDaniel’s watch, calls for a change in leadership grew.
“We have a responsibility as a party to fix what’s wrong so we can win the election. We’re going to lose the next election cycle.
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“As early in the process as possible, we need to focus on making sure Republican voters’ ballots get into the ballot box by all legal means and not leaving things to chance,” Dillon said. We need to stop wasting donations and really focus on putting it to good use.And we need to make our message very clear and concise.
McDaniel defended his record in a recent Fox News Digital interview, stating, “What the RNC did made the election better than it otherwise would have been.”
“Under my watch,” said McDaniel. Engagement with Hispanic, Asian, and Black voters has been an added value this election cycle in regions where we’ve invested, as it shows real turnout. ”
McDaniel calls her support for RNC chairman reelection ‘pretty solid’
After landing in California on Tuesday, McDaniel visited one of the community centers in Westminster, Orange County.
“These community centers bring in people who have never been a Republican or who have never joined our party. Having these open 24/7 will make the biggest difference,” McDaniel said. run for election to vote. We want to earn your vote because we’re here because we say we’re investing in your community for the long term.
And McDaniel argued that Dillon and other critics didn’t understand what the RNC chairman’s job really required.
But in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Dillon said, “We failed. So if I became chairman of the Republican National Committee, it would change everything.”
Over the past two months, public and private sparring and accusations have intensified, with both sides accusing the other of intimidation tactics and repeatedly demonstrating outstanding support.
All three candidates will individually argue against the 168 RNC committee members eligible to vote for chair in a forum beginning Wednesday at the winter meeting in Dana Point, Calif., this year. A secret ballot for the chairman will be held on Friday, the last day of the RNC meeting.
In an interview with Fox News Digital last month, McDaniel described her endorsement as “pretty solid,” including endorsements from more than 100 RNC committee members she announced weeks ago. Promoted the list. 168 members needed to win re-election.
But Dhillon has repeatedly questioned the firmness of McDaniel’s advertised support in appealing to MAGA hardliners and non-Trumpists who share a common interest in McDaniel’s replacement. And in recent weeks, Republican delegations from several states have passed no-confidence votes against McDaniel.
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Dillon, who has not released his own endorsement list of RNC committee members, said on Tuesday that he was “happy with the prospect of running for office.”
But a secret ballot means no one can be sure of the final outcome.
“Anyone who has gone through multiple RNC elections recognizes that RNC memberships really don’t know how to vote in a secret ballot,” he told Fox News.
Pointing to McDaniel’s list of endorsements, the committee members said, “We need to understand that Rona asked RNC members to publicly endorse her and sign a letter in November. Are you going to say? She’s in charge of the wallet. It’s safe to say that some of the players they signed in November are really soft now and could have slipped.”
But few believe Lindell has a chance.
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“Mike Lindell wants to run the Republican Party the same way I want to run his pillow company just because I sleep on pillows at night,” said another RNC committee member who requested anonymity.
Lindell, Dillon, and McDaniel all have healthy ties to Trump. But the former president, who remains the Republican Party’s most influential politician, has remained neutral in the presidency election. And sources in Trump’s political orbit say they don’t expect the former president to endorse him at the last minute.