Harmeet Dhillon gets backing from big GOP donors to unseat McDaniel as RNC chairman

A group of Republican mega-donors say the party is “on the brink of permanent irrelevance” unless it comes together and supports a leadership change.

In a public letter to the Republican National Committee, the donors endorsed Harmeet Dhillon, a civil rights attorney and RNC national committee woman, to replace current chair Ronna McDaniel.

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, California's national committeewoman for the Republican National Committee, poses for a photo in her office in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, California’s national committeewoman for the Republican National Committee, poses for a photo in her office in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
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The donors said the party could not continue on its current course if it continued to suffer the kind of losses it has suffered in the past three election cycles.

“The Republican Party is currently facing the most organized, radical, and armed Democratic Party the nation has ever seen,” the donors said. “Despite this clear and present threat to our freedom, the highest echelons of the Republican National Committee seem more focused on blaming others for their lack of leadership and lining the pockets of select advisors than winning elections.”

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They noted a growing perception among party donors and activists that the RNC “needs fresh leadership to make the changes needed to win elections.”

“We call on the members of the RNC to thank Ronna McDaniel for her service and to support the only RNC member seeking to succeed her, Harmeet Dhillon – a courageous visionary with the energy and experience to drive the party for success in the year to retool in 2024 and beyond. ‘ said the donors.

“The RNC is in a difficult situation,” Dhillon told Fox News Digital. “That’s because our leadership refuses to take responsibility for failure, whether it’s someone’s fault or not… Leadership requires taking responsibility.”

The 168 members of the RNC will vote for leadership in a secret ballot later this month.

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 8: Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel listens to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaking at an election night party at the Westin Washington Hotel in Washington on Tuesday, November 8 DC speaking 2022.

UNITED STATES – NOVEMBER 8: Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel listens to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaking at an election night party at the Westin Washington Hotel in Washington on Tuesday, November 8 DC speaking 2022.
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McDaniel would become one of the longest-serving RNC chairs in over 100 years if elected to a fourth term. Since their announcement, about 73% of GOP voters want the RNC to depart from McDaniel, according to a December Convention of States Action poll.

Despite calls for changes in the RNC’s leadership, McDaniel says she has made several changes that have improved the party’s reach.

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“I think I’ve made a lot of changes under my leadership,” McDaniel told Fox Business’s Stuart Varney in December. “I’m always open to new ideas and ways to develop myself.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to the RNC for comment.

Fox News’ Lacey Christ contributed to this report.

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