Former New York gubernatorial candidate and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) is “very seriously considering” a bid to replace Ronna McDaniel as Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC).
“It is time for our party to retool, transform, win back the Presidency in 2024, expand our number of Republican held seats in Congress, and elect the maximum number of down ballot races across the country,” Zeldin said in a message to RNC committee members.
“The Republican Party needs to be all in to do everything in its power to save America.”
It is time nationally for the Republican Party to retool, transform, win back the Presidency in 2024, expand our number of GOP-held seats in Congress, and elect the maximum number of down-ballot candidates across the country. https://t.co/1TAu4TAle6
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) November 17, 2022
Zeldin has been viewed as a strong contender for the position in the wake of the GOP’s overall lackluster midterm performance, which saw Republicans fail to take control of the Senate and achieve a small majority in the House.
Running against incumbent Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul in the blue stronghold state, Zeldin lost by only six points. Political experts have noted that despite his loss, Zeldin’s popular messaging helped the GOP flip four key congressional seats in New York.
Current RNC Chair McDaniel expressed to committee members this week her intention to run for reelection as frustrations continue to grow with establishment Republican figures like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) over the party’s handling of the midterms.
McCarthy was just nominated to become the next House Speaker in a 188-31 closed door vote, possibly indicating trouble ahead as Congress goes to a full vote on January 3 of next year.
BREAKING: RINO Kevin McCarthy FAILS to reach 218 Republican votes in the Conference meeting today
Which mean he doesn’t have the votes needed to become Speaker of the House
Time for new nominations before the real vote takes place in January 🇺🇸
— Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) November 15, 2022
McConnell hasn’t escaped criticism for the midterms either, as top Republicans like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) blame him over what “should have been a fundamental landslide election,” Valiant News reported.
“I you look at this last cycle, Mitch McConnell pulled the money out of Arizona. We could have won — won Arizona. We nearly won Arizona and abandoning Blake Masters was indefensible,” Cruz said.
“Because Masters said he would vote against Mitch McConnell, and so Mitch would rather be leader than have a Republican majority. If there’s a Republican who can win, who’s not gonna support Mitch, the truth of the matter is he’d rather the Democrat win. So he pulled all the money out of Arizona,” Cruz said, adding that McConnell’s actions have left America “screwed for the next four years.”