Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel told members she wants to seek re-election for another term in hopes of leading the party through the 2024 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with a conference call on Monday. Huh.
As accusations intensify over a disappointing midterm election cycle for Republicans, and following Democrats’ Senate majority, dissent is spreading into public view as the party moves to leadership elections in the House, Senate and RNC.
On an afternoon call, McDaniel told members she intended to run for a fourth term — and sought their support.
He has got the personal support of around 100 members, said an aide, while there is a growing appetite for a new leadership in some areas of the party.
He was first chosen to lead the RNC when former President Donald Trump took office.
The two have occasionally teamed up with Dustup over the past five years, but have not publicly indicated their intentions about who they would like to see lead the national party.
Potential challengers: A potential challenger could emerge from South Dakota as Gov. Kristi Noem urged top GOP donors to bid for the RNC chair, CNN has learned.
Sources familiar with the matter said Noem, who was re-elected last Tuesday, has been approached by several major RNC donors who are calling for a change of leadership after a heavy midterm cycle for Republicans.
“I think the party wants another female chair,” said a person familiar with the effort to draft Noem. The bye-laws of the committee state that its chair and co-chair should be of opposite sex.
Noem’s communications director Ian Fury declined to “confirm or refute” Noem’s efforts to recruit him for the high-profile position.
It is unclear whether Noam is interested in the job at this time. Sources said the South Dakota Republican, who had previously been floated as a potential running mate, would face the former president if Donald Trump launches a successful bid for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, following his re-election victory. A call was received soon after. These sources said he has been invited to attend his expected 2024 campaign announcement on Tuesday.
Republican Representative Lee Zeldin, who made a better-than-expected but ultimately unsuccessful bid for New York governor this year, is also fielding calls that are encouraging him to run for RNC chair, a source with knowledge of the conversation told CNN. NBC previously reported that Zeldin was taking calls encouraging him to run.
Meanwhile, committee co-chair Tommy Hicks said in a statement on Monday that he would not seek re-election for a third term. Hicks, who served as co-chair for four years, said in a letter to RNC members that it was time for him to focus on his family.
Trump also maintains close ties with McDaniel and Hicks, though Republicans have been speculating on whether there will be a change in the RNC following Tuesday’s disappointing GOP midterm results.
“After the midterms, someone needs to run and clean the house at the RNC,” a Trump adviser told CNN.