The competition to be the next chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) is heating up in the wake of the GOP’s underwhelming performance in last month’s midterm elections. San Francisco attorney and founder of the Center for American Liberty Harmeet Dhillon added her name to the list of candidates to lead the party on Monday evening.
Dhillon made her rumored candidacy to replace Ronna Romney McDaniel official during an appearance on Fox News Network’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Thank you @TuckerCarlson for having me on tonight to announce that it’s official, I’m running to be the chairwoman of the RNC!
We’re tired of losing. It‘s time for us to win! pic.twitter.com/jzWWqlV6xQ
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) December 6, 2022
She told host Tucker Carlson that she was moved to run for the leadership position because “Republicans are tired of losing.”
She added, “I think that we really need to radically reshape our leadership in order to win.” Dhillon said the GOP must abandon outdated strategies from the 1990s and 2000s to compete on the modern political battlefield.
She pointed at fundraising and delivering ballots on par with Democrats using updated methods as a top priority. Especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the “emergency” election rules that now appear to be permanent, Democrats have learned that motivating voters is secondary to delivering ballots.
Dhillon also criticized current GOP messaging, saying that the party “needs to be fresh and positive and not just reactive to news cycles and what the Democrats are doing.”
She also said the party must adapt to understanding that the true base of the party demands “populist messages that speak to them and not Chamber of Commerce messages, not Neocon messages, not warmonger messages, and I’m afraid that the base of our party is not getting what it needs from our leadership.”
Dhillon made a similar call to action last week in an appearance on “The Ingraham Angle.” She told host Laura Ingraham that the RNC desperately needs to be decentralized to become responsive to the actual needs and issues important to local voters nationwide.
McDaniel has already announced that she will seek reappointment as RNC chair. In addition, election security activist Mike Lindell, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, has also announced his intention to seek to become the next chair.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who just lost the gubernatorial race in New York to incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), has also been rumored as a likely candidate for the party chairmanship. He said over the weekend that he would announce his decision by Wednesday.