According to a Politico report, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) is considering a bid for chair of the Republican National Committee, challenging current leader Ronna McDaniel. Zeldin lost his gubernatorial election in New York last week but managed to help other Republican candidates bank major wins in the Empire State.
Zeldin emailed committee members Thursday about his potential bid.
The email, first obtained by POLITICO, said that he is “very seriously considering” running for leadership of the party.
“It is time for our party to retool, transform, win back the Presidency in 2024, expand our number of Republican held seats in Congress, and elect the maximum number of down-ballot races across the country,” Zeldin said in the message. “The Republican Party needs to be all in to do everything in its power to save America.”
McDaniel, the current RNC chair, who is close to former president Donald Trump, told committee members this week that she is running for reelection. A person close to McDaniel said she has the pledged support of a majority of members.
Despite expectations of a red wave, Republicans failed to capture the Senate majority and only narrowly took back the House this year. The party out of power in Washington typically performs strongly in midterm elections, and inflation, crime and President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings made the political environment look even more favorable for the GOP.
New York, however, was a rare bright spot for the party: Though Zeldin lost, the Republican came surprisingly close in the reliably blue state, finishing six percentage points behind Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul — making it the tightest gubernatorial race there since 1994.
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