CHICAGO When Milwaukee was chosen to host the 2024 GOP presidential convention, Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, warmly embraced her predecessor last week on stage.

On the last day of the RNC’s summer conference, former Chairman Reince Priebus, the head of the Milwaukee Host Committee, said, “One thing Ronna and I are good at is raising a lot of money. However, she did not act alone. She was appointed by Donald Trump, whose name and fame funded the committee.

Maintaining her promise that the national party will remain impartial in its next presidential primary may provide McDaniel with a brand-new difficulty soon. McDaniel is getting ready to run in January for a fourth term in a row. If she prevails, she would preside over the 2024 Republican presidential primary, where her former boss is most likely to be the front-runner, and hold the record for the longest tenure as RNC chair since the 1800s.

According to John Hammond, an RNC member from Indiana, she has not made any announcements and is concentrating on the elections in November. However, from our interactions, it seems likely that she will run for office again, which would be welcomed by the RNC membership.

Several of the committee’s 168 members stated in interviews that it is fairly probable that she will receive the votes. However, it is less certain if she will be able to abstain from endorsing the candidate who has served as her political patron.

Bill Palatucci, a member of the RNC from New Jersey, stated : I believe she would have a lot of questions for us when we arrive. He claimed that he is battling valiantly every day to demonstrate that Republicans are receptive and willing to cooperate with the opposition. Therefore, some of the RNC’s actions over the past two years have made it challenging for a Republican like myself to live in New Jersey.

Former vice president Mike Pence, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who have all been building the framework for campaigns in 2024, could challenge Trump. The deputy chair of the House Jan. 6 committee, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., may also run.

McDaniel’s position as RNC chairman is challenging. Her responsibility is to prevent Trump from using the RNC’s support for his coronation as a competitive advantage. However, polls show that he still enjoys a strong following among GOP members; after all, he did give her the most important post she has ever held.

In the 2016 race between Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, the outside rebel, and Hillary Clinton, the establishment choice, Democrats failed attempted to maintain neutrality. Internal emails demonstrated how the Democratic National Committee, at the time headed by Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, plotted to support Clinton over Sanders.

Since Trump departed office, the RNC has taken care of his interests in a number of different ways. The committee censured Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, the only two Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee, and paid a portion of his legal fees this year. It’s possible that Kinzinger will run against Trump in 24. The RNC spent $175,000 to rent a portion of Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago club in Florida for a contributor retreat last year.

When her uncle, Utah senator Mitt Romney, published an op-ed in 2019 criticizing the previous leader, McDaniel stood with Trump. Romney, the party’s presidential nominee in 2012, was alluded to as an incoming Republican freshman senator in an tweet, whose remarks were disappointing and counterproductive.

A person close to McDaniel claimed that the RNC has already demonstrated that it will not support any candidate in the GOP presidential race, which will pick up steam following the autumn midterm elections.

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal issues, the committee intends to have presidential primary debates in 2024 and to follow the same procedural norms as in 2016, when Trump and a number of other Republicans fought for the nomination. The field of play is level. We expect this primary to be competitive.

That might be advantageous for less well-known contenders who would join Trump on stage. Given the former president’s popularity, it might be in his best interests if there were no primary debates, should the media attention boost one of his rivals.

According to the source, Trump’s legal expenses are only being paid for the inquiry into his business operations by the attorney general of New York state. The RNC determined that such costs should be covered because the investigation was politically motivated and was being directed by Attorney General Letitia James, who promised as an candidate in 2018 to aggressively investigate Trump’s financial operations.

The insider also said that the committee would not cover any of Trump’s legal costs related to the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. McDaniel was not made available for an interview by the RNC.

a judge in New York rejected the notion that political bias had motivated James inquiry in February. Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that James had a valid legal basis for continuing “the” investigation after reviewing thousands of data that James’ office had subpoenaed. This disproves the claim that the continued investigation is motivated by personal animus rather than by facts and the law.

McDaniel confided that it would be her last as her current period was about to begin. David Bossie, a Maryland native serving as honorary state chairman for Trump’s 2020 campaign and a former deputy campaign manager for his 2016 campaign, was one individual reportedly interested in the position.

Nevertheless, McDaniel has developed a devoted following among RNC members, who commend her fundraising abilities and think that she has done a commendable job navigating the MAGA and other anti-Trump wings of the party. During her career, she has assisted in raising $1.5 billion.

Ben Proto, the chair of the Connecticut Republican Party and a member of the RNC, said that she has done a great job representing us and has been really helpful to Connecticut. We can discuss this if she isn’t interested in the chairmanship and someone else is. If she is, they will need to demonstrate their ability to do better than Ronna, which will be challenging.

A different candidate might show up, but she would have a hard time obtaining support unless Trump changed his mind about her for whatever reason. A request for response from a Trump spokesperson was not answered.

She’s been a good party steward but not a national leader, a Trump ally argued.

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