Ronna McDaniel, the esteemed Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), is currently under scrutiny for her salary increase, which has more than doubled since she first assumed the role.
Federal Election Commission data reveals that McDaniel’s remuneration escalated from $122,582 in her inaugural year to an impressive $358,431 between January and November 2022, according to The Washignton Examiner, which noted that McDaniel’s pay even surpasses the $410,640 annual earnings of her predecessor, Reince Priebus.
This substantial increment in McDaniel’s salary has raised eyebrows, particularly considering the GOP’s mixed performance under her stewardship. The party suffered significant setbacks, losing majority control in the House following the 2018 midterm elections. Subsequent losses in the Senate and the White House after the 2020 elections further amplified these concerns.
The GOP’s struggles to replicate the nationwide electoral success it enjoyed with Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 have been well-documented. Notably, the party yielded control of the House during McDaniel’s tenure and weathered two impeachments. Moreover, the 2020 elections saw Trump lose his re-election bid, with the party also failing to secure a Senate majority, resulting in Democrats gaining unified control of the federal government.
The 2022 midterm elections brought modest gains for the Republicans. However, they did not match the anticipated “red wave,” securing only a 10-seat majority in the House. Despite these disappointments, support for McDaniel within the party remains strong. Several state GOP leaders and donors have endorsed her, indicating a likely re-election as RNC chairwoman.
McDaniel’s primary challenger is Harmeet Dhillon, a Trump attorney and RNC Committeewoman. The RNC chair election is due this Friday. As the party looks forward to this crucial event, it is hoped that the elected leader will successfully steer the GOP towards a more prosperous future.
McDaniel is the niece of Senator Mitt Romney, the Republican of Utah who is set to retire at the end of his term.