Convention of States President Mark Meckler recently made the case that Ronna McDaniel
shouldn’t be re-elected to lead the Republican National Committee.
We got the heads-up on Meckler's column through Bo Snerdley's must-read "Daily B.S." website and couldn't agree more with Mark's analysis.
As Mr. Meckler explained:
Even before the battle began on the floor of Congress, polling from Trafalgar Group and Convention of States revealed that Republican voters were dissatisfied with Republican Party congressional leadership. Capitalizing on the frustration of their constituents, a small band of Congressmen rebelled against the status quo and successfully managed to break up business as usual in our broken federal government.
Now, conservatives have the same opportunity to break up business as usual in the upcoming Republican National Committee election to select the next chairperson.
The hard truth is that Republican voters are disillusioned with and disenfranchised by the national GOP leadership at the RNC. Today’s party “leadership” is fraught with dysfunction, and voters are ready for a change — which means the current RNC Chairperson Ronna McDaniel’s job is on the chopping block.
Currently seeking an unprecedented fourth term, the current RNC Chair doesn’t have a lot to boast of. Since she took the position in 2017, the party lost the House in 2018, the White House and Senate in 2020 and squandered its 2022 “red wave.”
McDaniel is not solely to blame, of course, but under her management, Republicans are on a horrible losing streak. And voters are sick of it.
In the same Trafalgar/COS poll that identified Republican voters’ frustration with Congressional leadership, it was discovered that 73.5% of Republican voters say the party should elect someone new to serve as chairperson of the RNC.
Only 5.6% say McDaniel deserves a fourth term.
And a follow-up, head-to-head poll between the two RNC candidates found that 86% of Republican voters support Harmeet Dhillon, McDaniel’s opponent, to be the next Republican National Committee Chairperson.
All voters want is to stop President Joe Biden and the radical left, but business as usual has brought progress to a screeching halt. It often seems GOP leadership in Congress and at the RNC aren’t focused on fighting for conservative principles or even winning a majority, but rather keeping themselves in power and funding the permanent political consultant class.
McDaniel, rather than addressing the dissatisfaction amongst GOP faithful, took to Newsmax and bashed the results of the unfavorable poll. “That’s a junk poll,” she alleged, “and it was done in a junk way, so you can make a poll say anything … it was done at a convention of states, it was a handpicked audience. I mean, if you look at the metrics on that poll, it’s just not real.”
Yet anyone can clearly see that the poll, contrary to what McDaniel may say, was not conducted at a convention, and is not a “handpicked sample,” but rather is a nationwide, scientific poll conducted by one of the most reliable and respected pollsters in America, The Trafalgar Group.
If Republicans want new leadership and to start winning elections (and clearly they do), then it seems that the RNC should be the first place to reflect that change.
McDaniel’s RNC has performed so poorly, it was forced to appoint a “Republican Party Advisory Council” to review its failed tactics.
The RNC has also been criticized for reportedly squandering donor money on superfluous expenditures. According to one report, the RNC has spent millions of dollars on luxury travel, private jets, spa and cosmetics, Rhoback, Lululemon, Ralph Lauren, Carhartt, Broadway shows, football and Top Golf games since McDaniel took charge in 2017.
Does any of this sound like a serious effort to advance conservative principles and stop the left?
And it isn’t just the grassroots activists who have lost confidence in Ronna McDaniel. The Convention of States/Trafalgar poll found a looming fundraising crisis if the RNC ignores the frustration of the base. 44% of Republicans said they are now hesitant to donate to the GOP or GOP candidates, with the same number saying they are now open to sending their money to grassroots organizations instead.
A influential group of the GOP’s major donors released an open letter to RNC members calling for new leadership and endorsing Harmeet Dhillon, saying in part:
The perception amongst a growing number of Republican Party donors and activists is that the RNC needs fresh leadership in order to make the necessary changes to win elections. Millions of Party activists who have given their time, talents, and treasure to the cause of freedom on behalf of the Republican Party feel abandoned by the RNC. We are calling on members of the RNC to thank Ronna McDaniel for her service and to support the only RNC member seeking to succeed her, Harmeet Dhillon—a bold visionary with the energy and experience to retool the party for success in 2024 and beyond.
And state delegations have been coming out against a fourth term for Ronna McDaniel:
* The entire Texas Republican Executive Committee voted 62-0 in favor of replacing McDaniel.
* Alabama followed suit, stating it “cannot support or endorse Ronna McDaniel for RNC Chair.”
* Likewise, the Republican Party of Arkansas Executive Committee voted for new RNC leadership and endorsed Harmeet Dhillon.
* The Idaho Republican Party also came out against McDaniel’s reelection.
And the list goes on…
At a time when there are increasing calls for a new conservative political party – and judging by the comments on the CHQ website those calls represent a deep vein of sentiment on the Right – reelecting Ronna Romney McDaniel, who has proven herself to be an ineffective Republican National Committee Chairman would be an act of institutional suicide for the GOP.
Conservatives stood their ground and won some real victories in the House; why can’t we win another one at the RNC? We urge CHQ readers and friends to go to https://alignact.com/go/rnc to sign on to the campaign and to urge your Republican National Committee representatives to vote for Harmeet Dhillon for Chairman when the RNC election is conducted on January 27, 2023.
CHQ Editor George Rasley is a veteran of over 300 Republican political campaigns and 10 Republican National Conventions. He served as a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Indiana and Florida. His family has been involved in Republican politics for over 160 years, attending the first organizing convention of the Republican Party, serving as Secretary of the Convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln as President and representing the GOP in elective office from City Council to Congress.
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