Nearly 100 members of the Republican National Committee have endorsed Chairwoman Rona McDaniel in her re-election bid, a day after Rep. Lee Zilden revealed she was “very seriously considering” running for the post. “.
A letter obtained by Fox News Digital, originally circulated by Republican National Committeeman Richard Porter of Illinois, revealed that more than half of RNC members would have supported McDaniel in a re-election bid. , which saw off most of the competition for the top spot and appears to have the support it needs to defend its position. McDaniel announced his candidacy for a fourth two-year term on Monday.
“We, the undersigned members of the Republican National Committee, are proud to offer our endorsement for your re-election as Chairman of the Republican National Committee,” the letter reads. These are dangerous times and the Biden presidency, fueled by extremists. The consensus among the Democratic Party elite and elected officials has been, is and will continue to be a disaster for our nation. A Republican president and more Republican senators and members of the House must be elected to restore, preserve, and protect the United States of America.”
After the GOP midterms, supporters urged Lee Zilden to run for Republican National Committee chair.
“We believe you have the skills, integrity and experience to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of our time.”
Democratic Gov. Kathy Hoechl, DN.Y. Despite losing his midterm race against, Zelden was praised by members of his own party for running such a tight race in blue state New York, inspiring him to run for the top position at the RNC.
In a statement Thursday, Zeldon announced he was seriously considering hiring McDaniel.
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Zeldon wrote, “Due to the requests I have received from inside and outside the 168th to be the next chair of the Republican National Committee, I am giving your requests very serious consideration and am grateful for your messages. ” “Now is the time for our party to run for president again in 2024, make change, win the presidency again, increase the number of Republican-held seats in Congress, and elect more down-ballot races across the country.”
Zeldon has not yet officially announced that he will run for the position.
Also rumored to be considering the coveted RNC position are South Dakota Gov. Kristy Nome and Mercedes Schlapp, a former top Trump White House official and wife of American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp.
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Noem told Fox News Digital on Wednesday that “Republicans really need to take a look at what we’re doing” after the midterm elections, and that he should run for the party’s top leadership role. Was encouraged.
The RNC will vote on its next chair during its winter meeting in late January.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.