RNC Chair candidate Harmeet Dhillon says lots of Republican 'leadership' needs to be fired

'I have no trust in the current leadership that hasn't been doing anything for some time,' Dhillon said.

Published: January 3, 2023 3:51pm

Updated: January 3, 2023 5:02pm

Campaign legal adviser and Republican National Committee chairwoman candidate Harmeet Dhillon said Tuesday that there has to be changes to Republican leadership if the party wants to move forward.

"We need different people leading Congress," Dhillon said on the John Solomon Reports podcast. "I have no trust in the current leadership that hasn't been doing anything for some time. At a minimum, we need a lot of people to be fired, heads to roll, investigations and prosecutions and that hasn't happened."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had a setback Tuesday when he lost the speaker vote twice so far, with 19 Republicans voting against him and nominating other Republicans such as Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

"The failure of Kevin McCarthy to win on the first ballot reflects national unease among Republicans with current leadership," Dhillon said to Just the News. "We've seen it at the RNC, we've seen it in the Senate even though it didn't result in a leadership challenge — I think it should have — and now we're seeing it in the House."

Dhillon is running against current RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who according to recent polls, nearly 3/4 of GOP voters want replaced. 

"The base of our party has morphed over the years," Dhillon explained. "And we're not changing to reflect that. The way that elections are run in our country have changed and we haven't adapted. So I feel like we need to change in order to keep up."

One of Dhillon's solutions to making the RNC more accessible to GOP voters is to move the headquarters out of Washington, D.C. to somewhere there would be more interaction with voters. 

"I'd like to decentralize the RNC out of DC," she said. "We probably still would have to have an office in DC, but I want to move some of our operations to battleground states, where we need to win, and then hire workers from all different backgrounds. Then we'd have the double benefit of people from America who we need to get in touch with." 

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