A Credible Conservative Warrior Emerges to Lead the RNC

After the 2022 midterm elections and the failure of the “red wave” to materialize, the conservative base wants RINO scalps while the establishment wants to blame Trump. The battle for the party’s soul is no more apparent than in the leadership battle at the Republican National Committee.

There have been several interesting suggestions for RNC chairman. Lee Zeldin, the candidate for governor in New York who made a strong showing by going on the offense against far-left Democrats; Mike Lindell, the MyPillow founder who has become an election fraud crusader following the 2020 presidential fraud; and Scott Presler, the grassroots community organizer who has registered thousands of Republicans on the ground around the country.

But one stands out above the rest: conservative civil rights attorney and California RNC committeewoman Harmeet K. Dhillon.

Dhillon’s record makes her uniquely qualified for the position. She is intimately aware of crucial America First issues and has her finger on the pulse of the movement. There is a wide variety of high-profile cases that Dhillon’s firm has taken on that have national ramifications for defending constitutional freedom.

Years ago, Dhillon took up a case of viewpoint discrimination initiated by Big Tech giant Google against an attorney who brought up legitimate concerns about bias in the workplace. This was long before the issue was on the radar of most conservatives, who were slavishly devoted to the free market. She remains active in fighting against tech censorship, but her work on culture war issues has gained recent acclaim.

Dhillon has taken up the cause of parental rights. She is suing a school district and two teachers on behalf of a mother whose daughter was groomed into transgenderism without her knowledge or consent. While the GOP folds on moral issues, Dhillon is emboldened to defend the values that bind America together. This is the type of leadership that will rally the base and incentivize party unity, which is essential during a time of unprecedented division and confusion.

Dhillon is the gold standard for conservative lawsuits in an age when disreputable attorneys regularly use cases as ways to bolster their public persona or as a quick grift. Dhillon, in contrast, is taken seriously in the courtroom and has a strong track record of success. 

Liberals have been able to project political power through lawfare in recent years or through legal threats or activities designed to enforce their political agenda. Dhillon has been a pioneer in the conservative antidote to lawfare, showing leftist extremists that they will pay the price for their overreaches even if weak-kneed government officials refuse to take action. 

As a personnel manager, Dhillon is demonstrating that she understands the stakes. She has floated the idea of hiring Presler to handle voter outreach for the RNC “to inspire and train our ground forces on voter registration and getting every ballot to the ballot box by all legal means.” She is unconcerned with the good ol’ boys club of Republican consultants who would usually box out someone as impressive and unflinching as Presler because he might upstage or overshadow them. She will drain the RNC swamp, something that is long overdue, building upon improvements made with the election of America First committee members throughout the country who have censured soon-to-be-former Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

Dhillon’s record is second-to-none. But what about current Chairman Ronna McDaniel’s record? McDaniel became RNC chairman after hogging the credit for an unexpected Trump victory in Michigan, where she served as Michigan Republican Party chairman in 2016. This allowed her ascend to the top of the Republican National Committee, where she has overseen failure after spectacular failure. Before it became a political liability, she was widely known as Ronna Romney McDaniel. As Mitt Romney’s niece, she used nepotism to become a favorite of the Republican establishment in Michigan, where Mitt’s father, George, started the Romney political dynasty when he was governor in the 1960s. 

McDaniel is the ultimate political chameleon, using Romney’s bona fides to claim an unearned position of authority but reinventing herself as a Trump Republican when that suited her ambitions. Although she masquerades as a Trump ally now, it is clear she has brought the baggage of the establishment with her. The RNC under her control has failed time and again. In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, the RNC failed to mount adequate legal challenges to stop the grotesque fraud that was obviously in the works. The attorneys hired by McDaniel were busy collecting their paychecks and twiddling their thumbs while the nation was stolen out from under us. After the election, McDaniel was able to raise tons of money to “stop the steal” but that money also disappeared into the pockets of attorneys, consultants, grifters, and hangers-on.

If there is anyone who is equipped to handle legal challenges in a professional, intelligent, and credible manner who can change election laws and protect voter integrity when it counts, it is Dhillon. She has a record showing that she can fight and win in these high-profile cases. This is the type of competent, forward-thinking professional needed to lead the RNC to prevent another disaster from happening in 2024. If heads do not roll after the disastrous 2024 midterms, it will show that the Republican Party is not serious about putting America First. Getting rid of McDaniel, and cleaning the RNC of the foul stain of Romney’s legacy, would be an admirable start.

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About Gavin Wax

Gavin Wax is the 76th President of the New York Young Republican Club, Chairman of the New York Republican Liberty Caucus, an Ambassador for Turning Point USA, and an Associate Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.

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