Outgoing Rep. Lee Zeldin said Wednesday he will not run for Republican National Committee chair because he lacks the votes to overthrow current RNC leader Ronna McDaniel, who won one despite lackluster GOP results in last month’s midterm elections seeking a fourth term.
“I’m grateful for all the messages I’ve received from across the country over the past few weeks that have encouraged me to run for the chair of the Republican National Committee,” Zeldin, 42, said in a statement. “Change is urgently needed, and there are many leaders, myself included, who are ready and willing to get involved to ensure our party is retooled and transformed as key elections fast approach, namely the 2024 presidential and congressional elections.
“But,” Zeldin added, “the problem is that Chairwoman McDaniel’s re-election seems already pre-baked, as if the disappointing results of every election during her tenure, including yesterday’s in Georgia, don’t matter, and don’t even matter.” should play.”
Zeldin, the GOP nominee for governor in New York, lost to Democrat Kathy Hochul by just over 327,000 votes out of more than 5.7 million votes cast – and his strong showing at the head of the ticket in the battlefield suburbs helped Republicans to win four more House seats in New York to push the GOP past the 218-seat benchmark needed to regain a majority.
Grassroots Republican activists were so impressed with Zeldin’s performance in the deep blue Empire State that they encouraged him to run for RNC chairman, and he garnered some support — but not enough to win the vote.
“I will not be running for RNC chairman at this time because McDaniel’s re-election is deliberately pre-baked, but that doesn’t mean she should run again at all,” the Long Island legislature said said in a tweet accompanying his statement.
“It’s time for the GOP to elect a new leadership! It’s time for fresh blood!”
The RNC chairman is elected by 168 committee members – governors, other elected officials and other party insiders.
“Republican voters already believe Washington DC is an incurable quagmire,” Zeldin said. “They will be proven right once again when Chairwoman McDaniel goes ahead with running for a fourth term, despite her prior commitment not to do so. It seems to me that their re-election would then be predetermined with a majority of the 168 RNC members.
“The better way forward for Chairwoman McDaniel would be to listen to and respect the wishes of our party’s actual grassroots voters and allow the RNC to move forward with new leadership. Your greatest service to the Republican Party right now would be to make room for a new leader.”
Under McDaniel’s leadership, Republicans lost the House of Representatives in 2018, the White House and Senate in 2020 – with Joe Biden defeating former President Donald Trump – before barely retaking the House last month.
Other candidates have expressed interest in running for RNC chair, including Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, and Harmeet Dhillon, attorney and former vice chair of the California GOP.
“No matter what happens, I am committed to doing absolutely everything in my power to save our country with every ounce of my energy,” said Zeldin, who warned the GOP that fundraising, candidate recruitment, voter registration, voting and Election needs to improve integrity efforts, messaging and more active engagement in Democratic strongholds.
Zeldin also said the GOP needs to do a better job of explaining what it stands for, rather than just slamming the “horrible policies” of President Biden and the Democrats.
“It is the Republican Party that has the many ideas our nation needs now to create safer roads, upward economic mobility, better schools, the preservation of freedom and liberty, and much more,” he said. “The Republican Party must do everything in its power to save America.”
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