Ronna Romney McDaniel is expected to be Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE’s pick to be the next chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), according to two sources with direct knowledge of the deliberations.
McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, is expected to attend Trump's rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday night. The Hill has not been able to confirm, however, whether the president-elect will announce his support for her at the event.
McDaniel is the favored choice of current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, according to two sources with direct knowledge of Priebus's thinking. Trump has told Priebus that he wants him to take responsibility for ensuring the RNC is put into safe hands under his presidency.
Priebus knows he's going to have his hands full as the incoming White House chief of staff. So, according to a source familiar with his thinking, he wants his replacement to be somebody that he trusts and who knows their way around the committee.
As a committee member, McDaniel, who is Mitt Romney's niece, has the advantage over the other top contender: Nick Ayers, who is viewed as more independent of the RNC.
Ayers, a GOP strategist and former executive director of the Republican Governors Association, is a senior aide to Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceReplace Kamala Harris with William Shatner to get kids excited about space exploration Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump Heritage Foundation names new president MORE. Pence has supported him for the RNC chairmanship.
But sources say that unless Trump throws everyone for a last-minute loop, the job belongs to McDaniel. The RNC's 168 members will take the official vote at their January meeting, but it's widely believed that Trump's pick will be rubber-stamped.
The Republican Party of the U.S. Virgin Islands seemed to confirm the pick Friday night, releasing a statement commending Trump on his choice.
McDaniel appeared Friday night in Grand Rapids, Mich., ahead of Trump's "thank you" rally where she celebrated Michigan's surprise vote for Trump and blasted the recent recount in the state funded by the Green Party's Jill Stein as a "temper tantrum."
"They said a Republican could never win Michigan. I knew better, you knew better, and Donald Trump knew better. We all know — never underestimate Michigan," she said.
"We are proud to have fought for this movement and we thank him for what he has done and for what he is about to do."