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How Censuring Anti-Grassroots, RINO State Party Officials Can Help the RNC Start Winning Again



By Illinois Review

At the 2017 Republican National Committee winter meeting, where Ronna Romney-McDaniel would be elected as the RNC chairwoman, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said,

“We’ve got record levels of red all over the country.”

As NBC News reported, after the 2016 election of Donald J. Trump, as the 45th President of the United States, Republicans controlled “both the House and the Senate, as well as both chambers in 32 state legislatures. In 25 of those states, Republicans held both statehouse chambers and the governorship.”

By contrast, the Democrats held a “trifecta in only five” states.

But under the leadership of Ronna Romney-McDaniel, the niece of Never Trumper and Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, the RNC has struggled to capitalize on the momentum that saw Republicans dominate at the local, state and federal levels prior to her election as chairwoman of the RNC.

During the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats flipped control of the US House of Representatives away from the Republicans – handing the Speakership back to Rep. Nancy Pelosi for the second time.

The losses even prompted Romney-McDaniel to admit that the party would do a “deep data dive” of the 2018 midterm election and get to the bottom of why Republicans suffered so many defeats across the country.

In 2020, Romney-McDaniel oversaw election efforts where Republicans witnessed widespread voter fraud in key battleground states across the country; Democrats regained control of the US Senate where liberal Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer was elected Senate Majority Leader; Speaker Pelosi maintained her grip on power in the House; and an incoherent man with obvious health issues and numerous moments of confusion was elected president – despite rarely leaving his basement to campaign.

In 2022, after overseeing another disappointing midterm election cycle, Romney-McDaniel launched a new advisory council that would review RNC political strategy to avoid more losses and be better prepared in 2024, saying in a statement,

“As we assess the midterms and plan for 2024, we are gathering a diverse range of respected leaders in our movement to join together and help chart a winning course in the years to come.”

But overseeing a failed political strategy in 2018, 2020 and 2022 is just part of the problem for Romney-McDaniel, who can’t seem to buy a win despite massive fundraising efforts.

The bigger issue for Romney-McDaniel, made worse under tenure, is the widespread influence of a small number of RINO (Republicans in Name Only) state party officials across the country who view grassroots conservative Republicans as “steerage” – or third-class citizens.

And these same RINO party officials, like Romney-McDaniel are more concerned with maintaining their grip on power than winning actual races and supporting conservative Republican candidates. In many cases, these RINO party officials are working actively against the grassroots conservative base of the party.

In Arizona, former Republican conservative grassroots candidate for governor Kari Lake – another victim of widespread voter fraud, said recently during an interview with Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk,

“When you’re in politics, you are working for the people. You’re not the boss; the people are the boss, and we need to get back to that. And right now, we’re watching this RINO class of our party try to go into all of these small legislative districts and claw back control. And I want the grassroots to know: Don’t give them a damn inch.”

In Illinois, after disappointing and humiliating midterm election losses this past November that saw Democrats once again control every statewide office; maintain a supermajority in the Illinois House and Senate; dominate Illinois Supreme Court races; and beat Republicans in winnable congressional races – Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy refuses to step down, despite overseeing a Republican party that deliberately sent mailers attacking conservative grassroots candidates in the primary.

In 2002, Don Tracy ran in the Illinois primary for the 50th State Senate District as a Democrat.

In 2020, during the height of the pandemic, Tracy’s family-owned business, Dot Foods – where he is an owner, donated to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

And new revelations uncovered by Illinois Review show that on September 4, 2020 – just months before his election as chairman of the Republican Party of Illinois, Tracy made a personal donation to Citizens for Judge Emily Sutton – a Democrat running for Circuit Court Judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit.

Just prior to Tracy’s donation, Sutton received a boost from two influential Illinois Democrats – US Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and US Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-IL, who at the time, was chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

And in the 2022 Illinois governor’s primary, several Republican state party officials, including the general counsel of the Illinois Republican Party John Fogarty and RNC national committeeman Richard Porter supported and endorsed RINO governor candidate Richard Irvin’s campaign, despite Irvin pulling Democratic Primary ballots in 2014, 2016 and 2020.

Irvin also spent years praising Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker – referring to him as a “great friend and a great leader.”

And in 2020, Irvin attended a Black Lives Matter rally, yelling, “I can’t breathe!

To this day, Porter defends Irvin’s Republican credentials, publicly referring to him as a “great Republican!” as witnessed by over 200 grassroot conservative Republicans during an Illinois Republican State Central Committee meeting in early December.

Fogarty served as an attorney representing the Irvin campaign, in addition to being the staff attorney for the IL GOP, and Porter served as “honorary” co-chairman of the campaign, despite Tracy saying the IL GOP was “strictly neutral” during the governor’s primary.

In December, Tracy, Porter and Demetra DeMonte, the other RNC national committeewoman, endorsed Romney-McDaniel for re-election as RNC chair.

Fox News reported in November that Porter was circulating a support letter for Romney-McDaniel’s re-election bid amongst RNC committeemen.

Just recently, Illinois Review published an article after numerous sources confirmed that Porter was quietly whipping votes among Illinois Republican State Central Committee members to amend the Bylaws to provide Porter and DeMonte with third terms as RNC national committeeman and committeewoman.

The Bylaws were amended in 2015, as Porter and DeMonte began their first term, to limit national committeeman posts to two, four-year terms.

Porter denies that this story is true – telling anyone who will listen that the story is full of lies, yet he refuses to publicly acknowledge that he will not seek a third term, requiring an amendment to the Bylaws.

As chairwoman of the RNC, conservative grassroots Republican Harmeet Dhillon will have significant influence over the party’s direction in 2024 and beyond – and if elected, she’ll certainly have her work cut out for her.

But ridding our party of RINO’s should be one of her top priorities – and censuring state party officials who hurt the conservative cause, rather than advance it, should be one of her first acts as RNC chairwoman.

And Dhillon is well prepared for the task. As President Donald Trump’s lawyer, she has taken on the RINOs — former US Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger — and the rest of the House January 6th Committee in its ongoing witch hunt of the 45th President.

Dhillon also waged war against California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s draconian lockdown orders.

In actions like these and others, Dhillon has proven that she is the Lion that Republicans need right now.

It’s hard enough battling Democrats in any election – it’s even harder when conservative grassroots candidates have to go to battle with their RINO party leaders and the statewide GOP establishment.

It’s no wonder a majority of Republicans support replacing Romney-McDaniel as RNC chairwoman – they’re tired of the RINO power grab and losing as well.


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  1. Overall a good article.

    The Republican advisory council RNC Chair Romney-McDaniel announced at the end of November had some good names there, but also some questionable names, too.

    Name that jumped out as highly questionable is Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, who lost the open Ohio 13th Congressional District to then-state Representative Emilia Sykes, who was 36 during the campaign compared to Gilbert being 30.

    “Candidate quality” was brought out in context of U.S. Senate races across the country, particularly in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio and especially Georgia.

    Fortunately, Ohio was held in spite of Trump-backed J.D. Vance winning the primary over Club for Growth-backed Josh Mandel.

    But in Pennsylvania, Trump-backed Mehmet Oz was nominated over Club for Growth-backed Kathy Barnette, and in Arizona, Blake Masters was nominated along with Herschel Walker in GA.

    Result, for the first time since the Great Depression, an incumbent President did not have a single Senate seat flipped from his party on his watch, but flipped PA for the Democrats.

    At the House level, several questionable Trump-picks, including Gilbert in OH-13, as well as Bo Hines in the open NC-13 and Karoline Leavitt in NH-01. Club for Growth defeated 20-sometehing Jake Evans in the open GA-06 and backed Dr. Rich McCormick, who lost an open seat race in 2020. McCormick definitelyhad the more candidate quality in the GA-06 primary.

    Friday’s vote is coming, and the secret ballot will tell if Ronna Romney-McDaniel will win a 4th term, or if the “168” will go in a new direction with California National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon.

    Friday is also the day after Speaker McCarthy’s birthday on Thursday, when he turns 58.

    Gonna be a fun week.

  2. Before a wound heals the dead tissue must be torn/cleaned otherwise it can lead to more serious problems.

    Does debridement speed healing?
    Wound debridement will speed up the healing process. This may cause some discomfort. It is generally tolerated well.
    What happens if a wound is not Debrided?
    This can cause infection. Second, dead tissue can slow the growth of healthy tissue.
    I relate this description to the Illinois Republican Party. Lies and deception has left Rank and File wounded. The things that wounded them must be cleaned up and dealt with. I believe as more is being exposed there is no going forward until the stench and rot is dealt with.

    I also think of a battered wife. You can’t kiss and make up, because you know it’s gonna happen again!

  3. “The GOP was killing it before Trump, then Trump came, and the GOP started losing everywhere…. must be Ronna McDaniel’s fault.”
    That and 2000 Mules makes this a classic IR article. Missing all the main points. Unsubstantial claims of fraud.

  4. I don’t know if I can even read this anymore. The new owners and writers of the Illinois Review are just horrible. We need to work together, not have a purity test. We need to have a big tent so we can get more than 41% of the next election.