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Ronna McDaniel Announces Resignation As RNC Chair

Ronna McDaniel has announced she will resign as the chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), according to multiple reports.

McDaniel assumed the chairmanship of the RNC in 2017 with the support of former President Donald Trump, though her leadership has been criticized for a series of electoral losses for the Republican Party. McDaniel said on Monday that she would resign on Monday and noted that she would depart in early March.

“I have decided to step aside at our Spring Training on March 8 in Houston to allow our nominee to select a Chair of their choosing,” McDaniel wrote in a statement reported by NBC News. “The RNC has historically undergone change once we have a nominee and it has always been my intention to honor that tradition.”

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Vivek Ramaswamy Launches FireRonna.com After Viral Debate Callout Of RNC Chair

Business entrepreneur and White House hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy’s campaign launched FireRonna.com, a petition to unseat the Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, the Daily Caller has learned first.

The petition aims to rally “grassroots conservatives” in support of Ramaswamy’s call for McDaniel to resign, one week after the presidential candidate called for the RNC leader to step down during the third primary debate, the Daily Caller learned. During his opening statement at the third presidential debate, Ramaswamy called the Republican Party the “party of losers” under McDaniels leadership, adding that he would cede his time to the chair if she would like to resign.

“I am sick and tired of this Republican Establishment that has made us a party of losers. Where is the accountability for years of losing: 2018, 2020, 2022 and now 2023,” Ramaswamy said in a press release obtained by the Daily Caller. “On the debate stage, I called on Ronna Romney McDaniel to resign. Now, I’m asking grassroots conservatives across the nation to join me so she can feel the power of the people. It’s time to stop the culture of surrender and losing. Resign, Ronna!”

NBC’s own Lester Holt opened the third presidential debate by asking each presidential candidate why they deserved to be the Republican nominee, rather than the front-runner former President Donald Trump. Ramaswamy used his time to answer to call out McDaniel.

“Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost 2018, 2020, 2022 – no red wave … We got trounced last night in 2023. And I think that we have to have accountability in our party,” Ramaswamy began, adding that he would cede his time on the stage to McDaniel if she would like to resign from the RNC.

Ramaswamy also blasted the RNC’s decision to allow NBC to host the third presidential debate. The RNC chose the outlet, alongside Salem Radio News and the Republican Jewish Coalition.

The moderators of the evening were Holt, NBC’s own Kristen Welker as well as Salem Radio News’ Hugh Hewitt. An RNC spokesperson has previously told the Daily Caller that the RNC does not choose the moderators but the outlets hosting do.

“Think about who’s moderating this debate, this should be Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, Elon Musk. We’d have ten times the viewership, asking questions the GOP primary voters actually care about and bringing in more people to our party. We got Kristen Welker here, you think the Democrats would actually hire Greg Gutfeld to host a Democratic debate?” Ramaswamy asked.

“The fact of the matter, and Kristen I’m gonna use this time ’cause this is actually about you and the media and the corrupt media establishment, ask you the Trump-Russia collusion hoax that you pushed on this network for years — was that real? Or was that Hillary Clinton made up disinformation? Answer the question. Go,” he continued.

McDaniel responded to Ramaswamy’s viral debate moment in an interview with CNN, saying that the presidential hopeful is just “looking for headlines.”

“Last I checked, I wasn’t running for president,” McDaniel said. “He’s at 4%, he’s looking for headlines.”

Members of the RNC have been quick to defend McDaniel and her leadership after Ramaswamy’s comments, many previously telling the Daily Caller that they found the presidential candidate’s comments to be “inappropriate” and “unfair.”

“The comments from Vivek last night were unfair. Ronna is doing an amazing job uniting our party and working to make [President] Joe Biden a one-term president. She is the exact right person to chair the committee in this moment.” Nevada GOP Chairman Michael J. McDonald said in an earlier statement provided to the Daily Caller.

“No one fights harder to get Republicans elected all over this country than Chairman McDaniel,” California GOP Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson added in a statement to the Daily Caller. “The infrastructure she has built and implemented is the strongest in our party’s history, including early and unprecedented investments into California. She’s the leader we need to help Republicans take back the White House, flip the Senate and hold the House next year.” 

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REAGAN REESE

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‘Stepping Up’: Harmeet Dhillon Announces Bid To Replace McDaniel As RNC Chair

Editor’s note: This article has been updated.


Lawyer Harmeet Dhillon announced a challenge to Ronna McDaniel to chair the Republican National Committee on Fox News Monday night.

“I am going to announce tonight that actually I am going to run for RNC chair and the reason is that, to play off a famous catch phrase, Republicans are tired of losing and I think that we need to radically reshape our leadership in order to win,” Dhillon told host Tucker Carlson. “We can’t keep running elections like we did in the 90s and 2000s.”

“We really have to modernize to compete with the Democrats, dollar for dollar in the ways they fundraise, the ways 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,” Dhillon continued. “And 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.”

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Republicans underperformed expectations in the Nov. 8 midterms, with notable losses including that of Dr. Mehmet Oz to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and retired general Don Bolduc, who failed to unseat Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. McDaniel claimed that the GOP did well in the midterms during a Nov. 9 appearance on Fox News.

Dhillon, who chairs the National Republican Lawyers Association and who serves as a state committeeman on the Republican National Committee, told Carlson she felt motivated to run after the midterm disappointments.

“After three successive rounds of really disappointing results, Tucker, I’m a member of the RNC and no other member is stepping up to challenge leadership and our current leadership has never been challenged for the chair job and I think that challenge and competition is very good,” Dhillon said.

“I’m offering to take a giant step back from my law firm and my nonprofit to do this,” Dhillon said. “It’s a big sacrifice but I think it’s important for our country that I love so much as a first-generation immigrant.”

A person with McDaniel’s re-election effort referred the Daily Caller News Foundation to an endorsement letter signed by 107 members of the RNC.

“Ronna McDaniel has grown our Party from the grassroots up: from building a permanent national ground game and establishing a year-round Election Integrity operation to expanding minority outreach and transferring more funds than ever to all 56 states and territories. I am proud to join the nearly two-thirds of RNC members in endorsing her re-election and I look forward to working alongside her to strengthen our Party and country for the next two years,” North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley, one of the signatories of the endorsement letter dated Dec. 5., said.

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HAROLD HUTCHISON

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