New RNC chair talks strategy when votes counted in November: ‘You have to be in the room’

The Republican National Committee’s election integrity-minded chair spoke about lawsuits if specific conditions weren’t met regarding polling places in the fall.

“…we’re going to be in the room.”

After shouldering the blame for six years of consecutive losses for the Republican Party, the RNC ousted Ronna McDaniel as chair and supplanted her with North Carolina’s GOP chair, Michael Whatley. On Sunday, he joined WABC 770 AM’s “Cats Roundtable” where he promised host John Catsimatidis that both the necessary infrastructure and staffing were being assembled to “ensure” that ballots are “protected.”

“We want to make sure that every state has good rules of the road, right?” posited the party head who took over alongside co-chair Lara Trump in early March.

“So we’re working with the legislatures, we’re working with the boards of elections, the secretaries of states to make sure that the laws, the rules, the regulations, that cover elections are where we need them to be,” explained Whatley. “And if they’re not, we’re going to sue.”

Having detailed that 80 lawsuits had already been filed across 24 states, the RNC chair indicated to Catsimatidis that, in order prevent any potential funny business and to be able to respond accordingly should suspicious activities occur, the committee had set their sights on hiring “thousands” of legal eagles to keep watch at voting sites.

“You have to be in the room. You got to have observers and attorneys in the room when the votes are being cast, and when the votes are being counted,” said Whatley. “So we’re in the process of recruiting tens of thousands of volunteers, thousands of attorneys all across the country so that when we get into the election season, we’re going to be in the room.”

The party was well on its way toward funding the extensive initiative after former President Donald Trump scored a record-breaking haul of over $50.5 million at a Saturday campaign fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, a little over a week after President Joe Biden had boasted taking in $26 million at a celebrity-packed New York City event.

Days earlier, the chair had joined other figures from the Republican Party, including former New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, House Republican Conference chair New York Rep. Elise Stefanik and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

There, he spoke to the need to lock in same day voting as the standard, but that until that could be accomplished, it was up to Republicans to capitalize on the voting laws in place which included early voting.

“Over 50% of all voters in the United States, including Republicans and independents are going to vote before Election day. We have to talk to them before they vote. We need to build a national early vote program that is going to communicate through door knocks, through phone calls, through mail, through digital, through data,” he said, “but we can’t wait ’til the week before the election.”

“Voters can vote early. They can vote on Election Day, they can vote by mail. Do I care how they vote?” asked Whatley. “No I do not. I care that they vote.”

Kevin Haggerty


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