Republican Lawyer Announces Challenge to RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel

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Republican lawyer Harmeet Dhillon has thrown her hat in the ring for the position of chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) as she seeks to oust incumbent Ronna McDaniel, who’s seeking another term at the helm of the organization.

Dhillon announced on Monday night in an appearance on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program that she is gunning for the RNC’s top job.

“I am going to run for RNC chair. And the reason is that, to play off of a famous catchphrase, Republicans are tired of losing, and I think that we really need to radically reshape our leadership in order to win. And we can’t keep running elections like we did in the 90s and the 2000s,” said Dhillon, who was a legal adviser to the Trump 2020 presidential campaign.

“We really have to modernize to compete with the Democrats dollar-for-dollar—in the ways they fundraise, the way they deliver their ballots to the ballot boxes. Our messaging needs to be fresh and positive and not just reactive to news cycles and what the Democrats are doing,” she continued.

Dhillon, who also founded the Center for American Liberty, said she’d advocate for the Republican party’s grassroots.

“I think that the party needs to realize that the party has become a populist party. The base of the party demands populist messages that speak to them and not Chamber of Commerce messages, not neocon messages, not warmonger messages,” Dhillion said, adding that “I’m afraid that the base of our party is not getting what it needs from our leadership.”

It comes after McDaniel signaled her intention to seek to lead the party for a fourth term.

McDaniel’s Reelection Bid

Following reports that around 100 RNC members signed a letter supporting McDaniel’s reelection bid, the GOP chair confirmed her bid in a statement obtained by The Hill.

“I’m humbled to have earned the support of over 100 members and officers at this time for my reelection bid,” McDaniel told The Hill.

By Tom Ozimek

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