The 168 members of the RNC’s executive committee will officially elect the party’s chair at their meeting in January, but the imprimatur of an incoming president is typically decisive -- as a number of committee members acknowledged on Thursday.
“I will support whomever the president-elect tells me to support,” said New Jersey committeeman Bill Palatucci, a longtime ally and confidant of Gov. Chris Christie.
“Normally, when the president takes control, our mission is changed. We become a political arm of the president,” said California committeeman Shawn Steel.
Trump’s choice of McDaniel would settle one of the first turf wars between the populist Steve Bannon and the establishment Reince Priebus, and its outcome is likely to be interpreted by GOP insiders as an indicator of which faction will have greater sway over the direction of the party in the Trump era.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...