Michigan's Ronna McDaniel Calling it Quits as RNC Chair

February 26, 2024, 9:48 AM by  Allan Lengel

Ronna Romney McDaniel

At this point it wasn't a matter of if, but rather when. 

Northville resident Ronna McDaniel, aka Ronna Romney McDaniel, announced Monday that she'll step down as chair of the Republican National Committee on March 8.

Earlier this month McDaniel told Trump that she planned to step down after the South Carolina primary.

"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," McDaniel wrote in an email to RNC staff Monday morning, according to the Detroit News."The national party historically undergoes some form of change when a presumptive nominee emerges, and my intention has always been to honor that tradition."

McDaniel, 50, and Trump had a good relationship in the beginning of her tenure in 2017. But in time they privately bickered and disagreed on matters.  

And while she helped Trump win Michigan in 2016 as chair of the state party, she didn't fare so well after that in the state and elsewhere. Mainstream Republicans blamed Trump for the poor showings around the country.

But some of the MAGA base blamed the poor outcomes on McDaniel.

She's given no indication publicly what her next step would be or whether she has any interest in running for governor or U.S. Senate in 2026. 



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