Criticism of Ronna McDaniel mounts as Kristi Noem suggests the RNC chairman should go

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she will support the new GOP leadership over the re-election of Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel as Conservatives assess her underwhelming performance at this year’s Midterms.

Despite President Joe Biden’s faltering approval rating and economic woes, Republicans failed to regain control of the Senate, winning only a narrow majority in the House of Representatives. As the half-term dust settles, some have blamed the candidates backed by former President Donald Trump, while others are calling for new RNC leadership.

Noem, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday morning futures, was asked if she supports McDaniel’s RNC reelection bid but questioned whether Republicans are successfully communicating their policies.

“We have to win. That’s just a fact. Our children’s future depends on it,” the governor said. “We all really have a responsibility to convey what Republican politics brings to this country. I don’t know if a party can continue to lose like we did and keep their jobs.”

Criticism of Ronna McDaniel mounts amid RNC race
Above, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel speaks during a news conference Nov. 9. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Sunday she will support the new RNC leadership as criticism of McDaniel mounts among conservatives.
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Noem’s comments are the latest indication that some Republicans may back an alternative challenger to lead the national party, while other conservatives are calling for a change. Several conservative influencers have recently spoken out against McDaniel.

John Cardillo, a Republican pundit, said on Twitter Saturday that it was “absolutely clear” that McDaniel “must go.”

“Ronna will never spend a dollar collecting ballots or really effective ground play to beat the left,” Cardillo tweeted. “She wants to exist in minority opposition so she can raise more money and then channel that to her advisor buddies.”

Meanwhile, Scott Presler, a conservative social media influencer, conducted a Twitter poll on whether or not McDaniel should remain the RNC chairman. Only about 5.4 percent of more than 19,000 voters said they would support her re-election bid.

Last Wednesday, Roger Stone, a conservative political adviser, wrote in a Truth Social post: “In the history of the Republican Party, never has a Republican national leader remained in office after losing a presidential election. Ronna ROMNEY McDaniel is the first. We are it worth defeating!”

Zeldin, named Lindell as a potential challenger

Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, who has been one of the most vocal supporters of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, said last week he was considering a run against McDaniel.

“One of the things I’m gonna tell you, you know, [we] will never stop getting rid of these machines and making this the best election in world history in our country,” he said on Lindell TV last Wednesday.

He has already garnered some support from prominent conservatives like Stone. During an appearance on Lindell TV on Sunday, Stone said he would support Lindell’s candidacy “if he runs,” and criticized the RNC for not having a bigger presence in the Georgia Senate runoff.

“I think the great value of Mike’s potential candidacy is that it spotlights the issue of election integrity,” he said, adding without evidence that he believes the RNC election would be rigged.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican and Trump critic, scoffed at the idea that Lindell could win the election.

“That would be really great. Ronna ROMNEY McDaniel fed the alligator and now it’s outgrown the bathtub,” he tweeted on Saturday.

New York representative Lee Zeldin has also said he is considering a challenge against McDaniel. Zeldin rose to national prominence during his run for governor against Democrat Kathy Hochul. He eventually lost the race by less than 6 points, which was considered a strong performance in the heavily democratic state.

news week asked McDaniel’s spokesperson for comment. Criticism of Ronna McDaniel mounts as Kristi Noem suggests the RNC chairman should go

Rick Schindler

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