Facing growing opposition Ronna McDaniel creates Trump-friendly panel to chart a new course

The Republican base was left understandably displeased with the outcome of the midterms and as calls to see heads roll for failure to deliver a resounding big red wave have rung out, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced a new panel to “chart a winning course in the years to come.”

After barely eking out a majority in the House and with a week remaining until a runoff in Georgia to determine if the Senate remains 50-50 or leans in favor of the Democrats, cries for fresh leadership have rung out in every level of the GOP. Facing a known challenge from businessman Mike Lindell, and potentially outgoing Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) whose gubernatorial run dramatically impacted down-ballot elections across the Empire State, McDaniel announced “the formation of a new Republican Party Advisory Council to inform the Republican Party’s 2024 vision and beyond.

In her statement, the chairwoman and niece of RINO Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), said, “As we assess the midterms and plan for 2024, we are gathering a diverse range of respected leaders in our movement to join together and help chart a winning course in the years to come.”

“I am thrilled that this talented group of Republicans will be shoulder to shoulder with us as we work to grow our party, hold Democrats accountable, and elect Republicans,” she added.

Members named to the panel include former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chair and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Republican Sen.-elect and Reps.-elect Katie Britt (AL), Monica De La Cruz (TX) and John James (MI), as well as incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly’s (D-AZ) challenger, Blake Masters.

“Our party needs to modernize,” Masters said in his own statement. “We’re fighting against Big Tech, the media, and now, the Democrats’ [get-out-the-vote] early voting machine. I look forward to working with Ronna to make sure the party effectively supports our candidates and wins big in 2024.”

The council is rounded out by California Rep. Michelle Steel, former Ohio congressional nominee Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, Florida Rep. Carlos Giménez and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins who has in the past stood at odds with McDaniel over her efforts at outreach to the gay community.

“Americans of faith are the heartbeat of the Republican vote,” Perkins expressed. “I have witnessed firsthand how Chairwoman McDaniel understands this, and I am thrilled to continue to work with her to advance these core values.”

Despite the show of support from those tapped by the RNC to join the council that supposedly “will also advise on engaging with suburban women, winning the youth vote, holding Big Tech accountable, supporting law enforcement, and delivering for Americans of faith,” many leading conservative voices have supported the replacement of McDaniel.

Radio host Mark Levin posted to social media, “Zeldin for RNC chair. No brainer.”

Others fell short of direct endorsements, choosing instead to question McDaniel’s continued role for the party. As previously reported, Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) spoke with Fox News host Sean Duffy on “Sunday Morning Futures” and compared her local leadership to how Republicans had campaigned nationwide.

“Incomes are going up faster than anywhere else and women are better off and their businesses are more successful, we’re just, we’re knockin’ it out of the ballpark Sean,” she said, “and we did it and we talked about it here in this state and that’s why we had an election that was big and we’re not just selling and talking about how bad [President] Joe Biden is.”

Meanwhile, The Daily Wire’s editor-emeritus Ben Shapiro was far less subtle when he tweeted Tuesday, “Somebody make me the case why Ronna McDaniel should maintain her job at the RNC. She took over in 2017 and has presided over a blowout in 2018, a presidential loss in 2020, two run-off losses in 2021, and the loss of the Senate and wild GOP House underperformance in 2022.”

He then proceeded to make the case for Zeldin writing, “Why Zeldin? Zeldin ran an extraordinary race against an incumbent governor in a state that went for Cuomo by 23 points; he lost to Hochul by under 6. That overperformance allowed Republicans to keep the House by helping downticket Congresspeople.”



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