Popular conservative radio host Mark Levin is calling for the ouster of Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, echoing frustration within the party base with her performance.
During a radio broadcast Thursday, Levin said, "She needs to go. … She needs to be removed.”
The host cited an article in RedState which claimed that the RNC under McDaniel has spent extravagantly on jet travel, limousines, and other extravagances even as the Republican party has suffered a string of disappointing electoral losses since she took charge in 2017.
McDaniel has been in charge for three cycles in which Republicans failed to see significant victories.
The Republican party flipped the House this year, although by a narrow margin, while Democrats expanded their slim Senate majority despite predictions of a "red wave."
The party's underperformance has fueled calls for a reckoning with GOP leaders such as McDaniel, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (Ca.) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), but no seismic changes appear likely.
McDaniel appears to be on pace for re-election, despite the backlash. She dismissed the RedState report as a smear job by conservative civil rights lawyer Harmeet Dhillon, who is challenging McDaniel in next month's vote.
"If critics want to misrepresent and push false narratives about the RNC’s spending this past cycle, they should do the math before realizing it only adds up to 0.8% of the total amount the Chairwoman raised," McDaniel said.
McDaniel is also facing a long-shot challenge from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Lee Zeldin, whose spirited challenge to New York governor Kathy Hochul gave Democrats a fright, and ultimately helped Republicans flip several critical seats in the state, was also mulling an RNC bid before backing out, saying McDaniel's re-election was "pre-baked."
Zeldin blasted McDaniel as out-of-touch, a common criticism of the RNC chair.
"As for the Republican Party, it must become more successful at fundraising, more efficient with spending, sharper with ballot collection and election integrity efforts, smarter with messaging, more present in Democrat strongholds, and more connected to the grassroots," Zeldin said.
But McDaniel's team insists that support "has only grown" among RNC members, although the opposite appears to be happening with the base.
"Support for the Chairwoman has only grown since her announcement and she looks forward to speaking with each and every member to discuss how the party can continue building upon our investments and make the necessary improvements to compete and win in 2024," a spokesperson said.