Major conservative donor Bernie Marcus ditches McDaniel, endorses Harmeet Dhillon for RNC boss

Bernie Marcus threw his weight into the intensifying leadership race.

Published: January 11, 2023 3:20pm

Updated: January 11, 2023 3:42pm

One of the country's foremost conservative donors on Wednesday endorsed former Trump campaign adviser Harmeet Dhillon to lead the Republican National Committee.

"I am supporting Harmeet Dhillon to become the next chairwoman of the RNC because America's path forward is at stake," Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus wrote in a letter to RNC members obtained by Just the News.

"Harmeet Dhillon is a fighter in our courts, in the media, and elsewhere," the letter continued. "The RNC needs someone with her real-world experience, tenacity, and toughness.  Please join me in supporting Harmeet Dhillon for RNC chairwoman."

Marcus' endorsement of Dhillon, an attorney, deals a significant blow to Ronna McDaniel, the incumbent chairwoman who's facing growing backlash for leading a disappointing performance the 2022 midterm elections. Republicans won less seats in Congress than many experts predicted, leading many within the GOP to call for a change in party leadership.

Under her leadership, Republicans also lost control of House in the 2018 election cycle and the White House in 2020.

Marcus, a billionaire who's given a fortune to Republican candidates, framed the RNC leadership race as part of a political battle with the political left over the future of America.

"You have one of the most consequential decisions to make when you vote later this month for the next chair of the Republican National Committee," he wrote.

"Liberal elites seem content to manage America's decline. I continue to believe that our best days are ahead of us unless liberal elites win the battle for America's future. This battle will be waged not only at the ballot box, but in state and federal courts, the media, the court of public opinion, our schools, and our streets."

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