Donald Trump may have led Mitt Romney on following his victory, being spotted in a number of meetings with the former presidential candidate before choosing Rex Tillerson as secretary of state instead, but that doesn’t mean another Romney was out of the running for a position in Trump’s White House.
Mitt Romney’s niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel is the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, and a deputy chairperson of the RNC, but just got a large promotion on the latter position. Fox News just reported that Donald Trump on Wednesday backed Ronna Romney McDaniel – the head of the Michigan GOP and Mitt Romney’s niece – to lead the Republican National Committee in 2017.
The RNC would need to formally install her in the post next month, but Trump’s selection is expected to be affirmed. In preparation for the changing of the guard, Trump announced Wednesday that McDaniel will serve as RNC deputy chairwoman and Trump for President Ohio State Director Bob Paduchik will be RNC deputy co-chairman. “I’m excited to have a highly effective leader in Ronna McDaniel as RNC Deputy Chair and I look forward to her serving as the Party’s Chairman in 2017,” Trump said in a statement. “Ronna has been extremely loyal to our movement and her efforts were critical to our tremendous victory in Michigan, and I know she will bring the same passion to the Republican National Committee.”
A high-ranking RNC staffer confirmed to Fox News that “Ronna and Bob are a done deal.” The official said, “The positions are so they can get started before the official vote a month from now. Done deal. They are it.”
She would replace Reince Priebus in taking the position (who is currently Trump’s White House chief of staff). Ronna was an early Trump supporter, unlike her uncle.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]