Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), made some shocking claims about the recent Virginia Republican losses in the legislative and local elections. According to McDaniel, Virginia Republican governor Glenn Youngkin told the RNC that his team did not require any assistance from the committee, leading to the RNC’s disengagement with the Virginia Republican losses on Tuesday. These remarks were made by McDaniel in the Spin Room following the GOP presidential debate in Miami, Florida. A video of the conversation can be found in the Reporter Larry O’Connor’s Spin Room stream.
The local elections in Virginia saw the Republicans fail to capture the state senate and lose the House of Delegates, resulting in a significant blow to the party. McDaniel, who is also known as Ronna Romney due to being Utah senator Mitt Romney’s niece, was questioned by Larry O’Connor, a host on WMAL Radio in Washington, D.C., about the Virginia losses during his Townhall stream. In response, McDaniel explained, “The RNC’s not a state committee. We’re a federal committee. Your candidates can take unlimited state dollars and your governor can take unlimited state dollars and he actually said, ‘We don’t need you guys here.'”
O’Connor sought further clarification, asking, “The RNC had no involvement in these elections in Virginia, per Governor Youngkin’s request?” To which McDaniel replied, “We were told in the summer they didn’t need us, that they had all the money and they were good. So, that was a conversation.” McDaniel also expressed her frustration with Virginia Republicans for not standing up enough to push back against ads targeting them on the issue of abortion.
The conversation took an interesting turn when O’Connor asked McDaniel about presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s call for her resignation from the chairwomanship of the Republican National Committee. In response, McDaniel stated, “I’m going to focus on Joe Biden…This Republican-on-Republican vitriol and in-fighting is not good for our party. I’m not running for president. I’m here trying to win for our party. He just lost a vote. He lost my son’s vote, I’ll tell you that much. But I will say this: The voters don’t want to see this.”
McDaniel’s revelations and commentary shed light on the complexities and challenges faced by the Republican party in the wake of the recent election results. Their inability to secure significant wins in Virginia, compounded by internal conflicts and the refusal of gubernatorial support, highlights the extent of the party’s struggles. Moving forward, it will be crucial for the Republican National Committee and its members to address these issues and work towards a unified and strategic approach to regain lost ground and bolster the party’s prospects in future elections.