Lawyer Harmeet Dhillon announced a challenge to Ronna McDaniel to chair the Republican National Committee on Fox News Monday night.
“I am going to announce tonight that actually I am going to run for RNC chair and the reason is that, to play off a famous catch phrase, Republicans are tired of losing and I think that we need to radically reshape our leadership in order to win,” Dhillon told host Tucker Carlson. “We can’t keep running elections like we did in the 90s and 2000s.”
“We really have to modernize to compete with the Democrats, dollar for dollar in the ways they fundraise, the ways they deliver their ballots to the ballot boxes, our messaging needs to be fresh and positive and not just reactive to news cycles and what the Democrats are doing,” Dhillon continued. “And I think that the party needs to realize that the party has become a populist party, the base of the party demands populist messages that speak to them.”
Republicans underperformed expectations in the Nov. 8 midterms, with notable losses including that of Dr. Mehmet Oz to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and retired general Don Bolduc, who failed to unseat Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. McDaniel claimed that the GOP did well in the midterms during a Nov. 9 appearance on Fox News.
Dhillon, who chairs the National Republican Lawyers Association and who serves as a state committeeman on the Republican National Committee, told Carlson she felt motivated to run after the midterm disappointments.
“After three successive rounds of really disappointing results, Tucker, I’m a member of the RNC and no other member is stepping up to challenge leadership and our current leadership has never been challenged for the chair job and I think that challenge and competition is very good,” Dhillon said.
“I’m offering to take a giant step back from my law firm and my nonprofit to do this,” Dhillon said. “It’s a big sacrifice but I think it’s important for our country that I love so much as a first-generation immigrant.”
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