- In a letter sent to 168 RNC members, they highlighted the need for “fresh leadership in order to make the necessary changes to win elections.”
A group of GOP megadonors is supporting Trump Loyalist Harmeet Dhillon’s bid for the leadership of the Republican National Committee (RNC). In a letter dated Jan. 9, the more than two dozen donors said the party could become “irrelevant” unless it comes together and supports a change of leadership, Fox News and The Hill reported. “The perception amongst a growing number of Republican Party donors and activists is that the RNC needs fresh leadership in order to make the necessary changes to win elections.”
The donors urged the RNC members to rally behind the Sikh American to replace its current chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel. “We are calling on 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 bold visionary with the energy and experience to retool the party for success in 2024 and beyond.”
A longtime conservative activist, Dhillon has served as chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association and as a chair of the San Francisco Republican Party. She is currently a national committeewoman of the RNC for California.
The committee’s 168 members will hold a vote to determine the RNC chairmanship at its annual winter meeting later this month in Dana Point, California.
The 54-year-old is an acerbic critic of liberals and a frequent guest on Fox News. She has appeared on the network’s prime-time shows to discuss hot-button topics like vaccine mandates, Hunter Biden’s laptop and the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida estate. Apart from Trump, her law firm has represented several top MAGA officials, including Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.
Her career in politics took off in 2004 when she hosted a house party for a presidential debate between President George W. Bush and John Kerry. Initially, San Francisco Republicans were weary of her because of her ACLU past. In 2008, she ran in the Assembly race and received 17 percent of the vote, which was the best for a Republican in her district since 1994.
In 2016, she delivered a Sikh prayer at the opening ceremony on the second day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio. At the time she told The Mercury News that she hoped that her reading the Ardaas would show that the Republican Party is truly diversified. “I think this is an inclusive party. I’ve never felt anything but included since Day One.”