Embattled RNC chair calls for GOP unity
Ronna McDaniel, the GOP chairwoman, speaks during the Republican National Committee winter meeting Friday. Image via AP.

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Are Republicans headed for a shakeup atop the party?

Facing a cash crunch and harsh criticism from a faction of far-right conservatives, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Friday called for the party to unite behind the goal of defeating President Joe Biden.

McDaniel spoke at the RNC’s winter meeting in Las Vegas behind closed doors on Friday, addressing a gathering of state chairmen and other top party members in what’s expected to be a critical swing state in the November election.

“We Republicans will stick together, as united as the union our party long ago fought to preserve,” McDaniel said, according to people who were in the room and disclosed her remarks on condition of anonymity to discuss a private gathering. “We’ll have our battles ahead of us, but they’re good battles, and they’re worth fighting for.”

McDaniel’s appeal for unity comes as former President Donald Trump and his allies push the party to get behind him and effectively end the primary even though he still faces a final major rival, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. While McDaniel has fought off opponents before, winning a competitive race for a fourth term as chairwoman last year, she’s now facing Trump supporters on the far right who are creating parallel efforts that could conflict with the national party.

Campaign finance disclosures released this week show the RNC had just $8 million in the bank and $1 million in debt. While the Trump campaign heads into 2024 with $42 million cash on hand, Biden’s political operation reported raising $97.1 million in the final months of 2024 across the various committees it uses to fundraise and ended the year with $117.4 million on hand.

Biden is already working with the Democratic National Committee, which partners automatically with the incumbent president. An effort by Trump allies to have the RNC this week declare Trump the “presumptive nominee” was withdrawn after it drew criticism because Haley is still running.

Trump has previously backed McDaniel, though his campaign and the RNC have disagreed at times. Trump declined to participate in party-sponsored primary debates before this year’s Iowa caucuses.


Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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  • Impeach Biden

    February 3, 2024 at 1:30 pm

    One thing I will give the Demos credit on. They all stick together no matter what. Something the Repubs could learn.

    • Defund Dangerous florida

      February 3, 2024 at 2:17 pm

      It’s fun to watch you all tear each other down.

      Schadenfreude, I think, it’s called.

  • Flash Light

    February 3, 2024 at 8:23 pm

    Many state and local GOP operations are reportedly going broke. Hard to sustain financial momentum when the guy atop the ticket is inhaling donations, using them not for ad buys or down ballot candidate races but rather his personal use.

    • Jojo

      February 4, 2024 at 10:54 am

      And let’s not forget how all that venality has sucked the NRA dry. Birds of a feather…

  • Defund Dangerous florida home of traffickers

    February 4, 2024 at 6:56 am

    Christian Ziegler, the former Republican Party of Florida chairman ousted after an accusation of rape by the woman he and his wife engaged in a three-way sexual relationship with, is invoking a law meant to protect victims of crimes.

    Ziegler’s wife Bridget is the co-founder of the far-right anti-LGBTQ organization Moms for Liberty, reportedly a best friend of Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, a county school board member, and an author of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” law.

    The couple “are fighting the release of information from Christian Ziegler’s cell phone that was obtained by the Sarasota Police Department as part of its investigation into a sexual assault allegation against Christian Ziegler,” the Herald-Tribune reports.

    • Jojo

      February 4, 2024 at 10:57 am

      Well I’m laughing…I sure hope the judge does

  • Jojo

    February 4, 2024 at 10:52 am

    We democrats have gladly passed the circular firing squad torch on to you, hopefully for many many years

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 4, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    Ronna McDaniel got to go. Same as the Mike Johnson in the House. He got to go, too. G0P was much more effective with Kiven McCarthy. He actually got three bills passed. Three!

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 7, 2024 at 3:28 pm

    Mike Johnson gonna look really really REALLY dumb when he brings that impeachment to the floor again and a different set of G0Ps are, by sheer chance, mmm hhhh, SHEER chance, out that day.

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