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Ronna McDaniel Wants to Remain RNC Chair, But Lee Zeldin’s Supporters Want Him to Run

Ronna McDaniel Wants to Remain RNC Chair, But Lee Zeldin’s Supporters Want Him to Run

“Zeldin’s strong performance last week in the New York governor’s race helped his party flip three House seats and put Republicans on track to pick up two open ones”

Lee Zeldin came up a little short in the race for governor of New York, but he might be getting a new job anyway. His performance as a candidate impressed many people, and now a growing number of fans are saying he should run for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Current RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wants to run again. A person needs 168 votes. People close to the matter say McDaniel has 100 people behind her.

After the midterms we just witnessed, it’s understandable that people want to see a change in leadership.

NBC News reports:

Rep. Zeldin taking supporters’ calls about running for RNC chair, longtime adviser says

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who lost a surprisingly close race for governor last week, has spoken with GOP elected officials and party activists who want him to run for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, his media consultant said.

“He has received calls from around the country,” John Brabender said Sunday. “It’s likely that he will at least explore it. … He’s fielding calls, talking to people, listening to them, but it has not gone beyond that.”

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel has not said whether she will seek re-election at the party’s winter meeting in January, nor has Tommy Hicks, the co-chair. Under the party’s rules, the top two posts must be held by one man and one woman.

While the red wave failed to materialize, Republicans did surprisingly well in New York, and the consensus seems to be that Zeldin deserves most of the credit.

Politico reports:

Zeldin in demand after putting New York Dems on the defensive

Republican Lee Zeldin’s strong performance last week in the New York governor’s race helped his party flip three House seats and put Republicans on track to pick up two open ones. Now, party leaders say the breakthrough performance could propel him to the national stage — or least another run for office.

Zeldin is already being mentioned as a possible Republican National Committee chairman, after the Long Island congressman produced the closest governor’s contest in New York since 1994. He proved he could run on a message of the economy and crime that resonated in a heavily blue state, his allies said…

Other Republicans in New York touted Zeldin’s ability to come within 6 percentage points of Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul in a state with twice as many Democrats as Republicans. And his aggressive campaign seemed to have coattails: Republicans flipped two seats on his native Long Island, beat Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Sean Patrick Maloney in the Hudson Valley, secured an open seat with Marc Molinaro in upstate, and are ahead in another open seat in Syracuse.

Zeldin would probably do a great job in this role.

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Shes as useless as her uncle Mittens.

The Gentle Grizzly | November 15, 2022 at 9:05 am

Maybe it’s just me, but, I agree with Zeldin: the chairman of the Republican National Committee should be a Republican.

“Zeldin proved he could run on a message of the economy and crime that resonated in a heavily blue state.”

Good for him. Stay on message. That’s how you win. Hope he becomes Chair.

Zeldin as RNC Chair would be fantastic. Speaker as a compromise between Biggs and McCarthy would work as well.

    I like Biggs for Speaker. McCarthy is UNIPARTY.

      CommoChief in reply to JG. | November 15, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      Me too. However since the reformers likely don’t have enough votes, unfortunately, to get Biggs then in that case Zeldin as a compromise selection between the factions is acceptable. At a minimum it keeps McCarthy and his continued failure from the power of the Speaker.

      CommoChief in reply to JG. | November 15, 2022 at 5:33 pm

      The House r just returned McCarthy over Biggs for leader by 188 to 31. McCarthy had the endorsement of DJT for his bid to retain his leadership role.

      CommoChief in reply to JG. | November 15, 2022 at 7:20 pm

      Now we have the vote in for GOP House Whip; Tom Emmer over Jim Banks.

      Emmer was the Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, NRCC. That’s the folks who recruit and fund House candidates and direct elections strategy.

      Other resume highlights, he voted to require tranny in showers and locker rooms for federal contractors and also voted with d/prog to stop the DoD from implementing DJT plan to block transgender in the military.

      Great job establishment and hats off to their backers. /s

The Gentle Grizzly | November 15, 2022 at 10:42 am

Off topic: got my scan results back. Got some stuff going on that translates to “getting old”, but near as I can tell, no new cancer.

If the GOP does not do a complete housecleaning at the top–McConnel, McCarthy, McDaniel et.al. the only conclusion is that the GOP Establishment is fine with the election outcome.

    Danny in reply to lichau. | November 15, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    The worst of the GOP establishment is the man who crashed the party in 2022 which is Donald J Trump.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Danny. | November 15, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      Thou hast blasphemed!!!

      henrybowman in reply to Danny. | November 15, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      Even suggesting that Trump is “GOP establishment” is demonstrably psychotic.

      CommoChief in reply to Danny. | November 15, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      No that’s not true. DJT’s negatives among some of the voters in tight races didn’t help. The thing is though the Establishment leaders McConnell, McCarthy and McDaniel somehow managed to have tight contests.

      The establishment played internal games in the primaries and in choices about which candidates to fund, when to fund them and when to pull that funding. Some of it was rational but some was dirty pool.

No. GOP needs to stay away from Trump acolytes.

    guyjones in reply to dwb. | November 15, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    I don’t support President Trump’s seeking the GOP presidential nomination, but, characterizing Zeldin as a “Trump acolyte” is simply a foolish comment. Or, is any person who questions the undeniable voting shenanigans that took place in the 2020 election, now to be considered a “Trump acolyte?” That’s just idiotic.

    Zeldin was an excellent congressional rep for Long Island and he ran as competitive a campaign in an overwhelmingly Dumb-o-crat state as is realistically possible.

    Ironclaw in reply to dwb. | November 15, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    We wouldn’t want people who might fight against the communists, now would we?

The current republican leadership team has minimal accomplishments and has not earned the right to continue in their positions. A house cleaning is in order,. The current group was beaten in fundraising, campaigning and results at the polls. A new crew needs to be installed, some new energy and ideas.

My knee jerk reaction is no more New Yorkers holding power within the RNC. What is the basis for believing this guy is any good for us?

We need to remove existing Republican leadership in Congress and in the RNC. They did not provide proper support to many candidates that would have won just because they were MAGA or America First candidates.

    CommoChief in reply to JG. | November 15, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    Refine that some. Which races? I ask because I agree in some cases but not all. Some of the loses were the messenger not the message. Very tough ask to win as a pure MAGA candidate in a blue State.

    A purple State is doable, just barely, if the folks who got their MAGA candidate a victory in the primaries don’t unnecessarily PO the other Republican factions burning bridges along the way to the general election. Normal campaign elbows are fine, but deliberately PO voters they must have isn’t gonna get it done on election day.

    Danny in reply to JG. | November 15, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    That simply isn’t true. The Republican slate of 2022 rank among the best funded politicians of ALL TIME they did not lose to lack of funding.

    They lost because the message of 2020 stolen was fully rejected by an angry public sick of Trump, sick of relitigating 2020 and that hated Trump and perceived stop the steal candidates as his proxies.

    Trump was even teasing his presidential run regularly which is the ultimate turnout machine for Democrats.

      henrybowman in reply to Danny. | November 16, 2022 at 5:33 am

      Most of the races we lost were seriously underfunded, according to published expenditure reports.
      We will find that their opponents benefited from FTX laundry money.

It seems to me that the Republicans at the national level are more interested in their personal wealth than in something as basic as winning a majority in Congress.

Ronna has received a very bad drubbing, but why Zeldin?

She, and all other party leaders, should resign in disgrace. Instead, the Stupid Party is re-electing all of them. That should do it.

    henrybowman in reply to Strelnikov. | November 16, 2022 at 5:34 am

    Most of the races we lost were seriously underfunded, according to published expenditure reports.
    We will find that their opponents benefited from FTX laundry money.

    henrybowman in reply to Strelnikov. | November 16, 2022 at 5:35 am

    Damn, I don’t know why that reposted prefilled.

    What I meant to post was: This result today is why the MAGA candidates were deliberately starved out.