Kristi Noem has been side-swiping Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel for not winning enough elections, but she hasn’t said publicly whom she’d prefer as a party leader. One would think her first choice would be her election-denial buddy and plane-lender Mike Lindell, who says he wants to run the RNC:
“I am 100% running for the RNC chairman against [current chair] Ronna McDaniel,” Lindell told Steve Bannon, an ally to former President Trump and ex-White House strategist.
“I’m all in … and one of the things that one of the big donors said to me, he said, Mike, everybody wants you to be head of the RNC, some of them just don’t know it yet,” he said [Erin Doherty, “MyPillow CEO Says He Is Running to Chair RNC,” Axios, 2022.11.28].
But wind-checking Noem will likely see that the wind is filling the sails of a more viable chair candidate and election denier, California lawyer Harmeet Dillon:
Harmeet Dhillon, a RNC committeewoman whose firm represents Donald Trump, is prepping a bid for party chair, according to two people familiar with her planning. Dhillon has been talking with fellow RNC members about a prospective run, and those close to Dhillon say a formal launch could come within the next few days.
“After three successive terms of underwhelming results at the polls for the GOP, all the while with leaders congratulating ourselves for outstanding performance, I feel that we owe it to our voters to have a serious debate about the leadership of the party and what we must change to actually win in 2024,” Dhillon said in a statement.
…Dhillon is a Fox News regular whose law firm has represented several top MAGA officials, including Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake as well as Trump in his dealings with the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. She has argued that there were major problems in the 2020 election and that the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago was “purely” political [Alex Isenstadt, “Ronna McDaniel Set to Get New Opponent for RNC Post,” Politico, 2022.12.04].
For what it’s worth, Dhillon retweeted Noem just two days ago:
Birds of a feather do tweet together….