Lara Trump Announces Bid To Become RNC Co-Chair

On the heels of announcements from Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel and Co-Chair Drew McKissick that they would be resigning from their respective positions, potential replacements stepped forward to confirm their candidacies.

After North Carolina Republican Party Chair Michael Whatley launched his bid to replace McDaniel, Lara Trump — the daughter-in-law of GOP presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump — announced her campaign to serve as the next RNC co-chair.

The elder Trump has endorsed both candidates for the positions. 

“Lara is an extremely talented communicator and is dedicated to all that [Make America Great Again] stands for,” the former president said in a social media statement earlier this year. “She has told me she wants to accept this challenge and would be GREAT!”

Lara Trump made her announcement via social media, writing: “I’m excited to officially announce my candidacy for co-chair of the RNC. I promise you that I will be laser-focused on election integrity, voter turn out, and ensuring every dollar spent goes towards winning!”

In a subsequent post, she offered her support for Whatley in his bid to become the next RNC chair.

She also sent a letter to current members of the committee, touting the endorsement of her father-in-law and vowing to meet with them as she pursues the new party leadership position.

“In the coming days, I look forward to connecting with you, the members of the RNC, and hopefully earning your vote,” she wrote.

In addition to Whatley and Lara Trump, Donald Trump also endorsed Chris LaCivita, a senior campaign adviser, to serve as the RNC’s next chief operating officer.

“This group of three is highly talented, battle-tested, and smart,” he said. “They have my complete and total endorsement to lead the Republican National Committee.”

McDaniel, who has come under fire for the Republican Party’s performance in elections over the past several years as well as the committee’s spending, had reportedly been planning to step down for weeks and made it official after Saturday’s primary election in South Carolina. 

“It has been the honor and privilege of my life to serve the Republican National Committee for seven years as Chairwoman to elect Republicans and grow our Party,” she said in a statement that did not address the backlash against her. “I have decided to step aside at our Spring Training on March 8 in Houston to allow our nominee to select a Chair of their choosing. The RNC has historically undergone change once we have a nominee and it has always been my intention to honor that tradition.”

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