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After the 2022 midterm elections and the failure of the “Red Wave” to materialize, there has been a crack-up in party leadership at every level. The conservative base wants RINO scalps, and the establishment wants to blame Trump. The battle for the party’s soul is no more apparent than it is in the leadership battle at the Republican National Committee.

There have been several interesting and captivating names thrown out there for RNC Chair. Lee Zeldin, the governor candidate in New York who had a strong showing by going on the offense against far-left Democrats; Mike Lindell, the MyPillow founder who has become an election fraud crusader following the 2020 presidential fraud; and Scott Presler, the grassroots community organizer who has registered thousands of Republicans on the ground around the country.

But one stands out above the rest: conservative civil rights attorney and California RNC committeewoman Harmeet K. Dhillon.

Dhillon’s record makes her uniquely qualified for the position. She is intimately aware of the issues that are crucial with the America First base and has her finger on the pulse of these issues. There is a wide variety of high-profile cases that Dhillon’s firm has taken on that have national ramifications for defending constitutional freedom. 

Years ago, Dhillon took up a case of viewpoint discrimination initiated by Big Tech giant Google against an attorney who brought up legitimate concerns about bias in the workplace. This was long before the issue was on the radar of most conservatives, who were slavishly devoted to the free market. She remains active in fighting against tech censorship, but her work on culture war issues has gained recent acclaim.

In more recent years, Dhillon has taken up the cause of parental rights. She is suing a school district and two teachers on behalf of a mother whose daughter was groomed into transgenderism without her consent and knowledge. While the GOP folds on moral issues, Dhillon is emboldened to defend the values that bind America together. This is the type of leadership that will embolden the base and incentivize party unity that is desperately needed during a time of unprecedented division and confusion.

Dhillion is the gold standard for conservative lawsuits in an age where disreputable or shyster attorneys regularly use cases as ways to build their public perception or as a quick gift. When she is in the courtroom, she is taken seriously, and there is a strong likelihood of success. Liberals have been able to project political power through lawfare in recent years or through legal threats or activities designed to enforce their political agenda. Dhillion has been a pioneer in the conservative antidote to lawfare, showing leftist extremists that they will pay the price for their overreaches even if weak-kneed government officials refuse to take action. 

As a personnel manager, Dhillion has shown early signs of efficacy. She has floated hiring Presler to handle voter outreach for the RNC “to inspire and train our ground forces on voter registration and getting every ballot to the ballot box by all legal means.” She is unconcerned with the good ol’ boys club of Republican consultants that would usually box out someone as impressive and unflinching as Presler from upstaging them and overshadowing them. She will drain the RNC swamp, something that is long overdue, building upon improvements made with the election of America First committee members throughout the country who have censured soon-to-be-former Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney.

Dhillion’s record is second-to-none, but what about current Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s record? McDaniel became RNC chair after hogging the credit for an unexpected Trump victory in the state of Michigan, where she served as Michigan Republican Party chair in 2016. This allowed her to be thrust into the role of Republican National Committee chairwoman, where she has overseen spectacular failure after spectacular failure. One fact about McDaniel that is commonly swept under the rug is her family lineage. Before it became a political liability, she was widely known as Ronna Romney McDaniel. She is Mitt Romney’s niece and used nepotism to become a favorite of the Republican establishment in Michigan, where Mitt’s father, George, started the Romney political dynasty as governor. 

McDaniel is the ultimate political chameleon, using Romney’s bona fides to get an unearned position of authority but reinventing herself as a Trump Republican when that benefited her ambitions. Although she masquerades as a Trump ally now, she has clearly brought the baggage of the establishment with her. The RNC under her control has failed time and again. In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, the RNC failed to mount adequate legal challenges to stop the grotesque fraud that was obviously in the works. The attorneys hired by McDaniel were busy collecting their paychecks and twiddling their thumbs while the nation was stolen out from under us. After the election, McDaniel was able to raise tons of money to “stop the steal,” but that money also disappeared into the pockets of attorneys, consultants, grifters, and hangers-on.

Gavin Wax

Gavin Wax is a New York-based conservative political activist, commentator, columnist, operative, and strategist. He also serves as the 76th President of the New York Young Republican Club and as an Ambassador for both Turning Point USA & Live Action. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.

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