Last Updated on November 10, 2023
Ronna Romney McDaniel claimed on the night of the GOP’s catastrophic loss in Virginia that Governor Glenn Youngkin rejected help from the RNC, but conservative activist Scott Presler is saying the exact opposite, reporting that the Republican Party of Virginia requested cash from Ronna and the RNC, but were rejected.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel told radio host and reporter Larry O’Connor on election night that the RNC did not assist in Virginia’s 2023 elections because Governor Glenn Youngkin said that the national party wasn’t needed.
As National File reported:
Larry O’Connor, a host on WMAL Radio in Washington, D.C., questioned Ronna McDaniel in the Spin Room for his Townhall stream. O’Connor asked Ronna about the Virginia losses.
“You know the RNC’s not a state committee. We’re a federal committee. Right? Your candidates can take unlimited state dollars and your governor can take unlimited state dollars and he actually said, ‘We don’t need you guys here,’” Ronna McDaniel said, referring to Virginia Republican governor Glenn Youngkin.
Larry O’Connor did an excellent reporting job. O’Connor followed up with: “I just want to clarify one quick thing, though. The RNC had no involvement in these elections in Virginia, per Governor Youngkin’s request?”
“We were told in the summer they didn’t need us, that they had all the money and they were good. So, that was a conversation,” Ronna McDaniel said.
But contrary to the claims of Ronna Romney McDaniel, conservative activist Scott Presler reported in a post he made to X that Republican Party of Virginia Chairman “Rich Anderson requested $ from the RNC” only to have his request denied.
“Meanwhile,” Presler’s post went on, “Joe Biden ordered the DNC in September to pour $1 million into VA.”
“Republicans lost the House & Senate by 2,400 & 1,900 votes, respectively,” he added, highlighting Democrats’ razor-thin new margin of control.
As of yet, it’s unclear exactly which side rejected the other, and National File has not yet received a clear answer on the matter in communications with a representative from the Spirit of Virginia PAC, Glenn Youngkin’s political machine that distributed funds to GOP candidates around the Commonwealth in the 2023 election cycle.
What is clear, however, is that Election Day 2023 was a disaster for the GOP and Glenn Youngkin’s tenure as Governor, with Democrats flipping control of the state’s House of Delegates and expanding their existing majority in the Virginia State Senate, effectively turning Youngkin into a lame duck.
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This story is developing. Stay with National File for updates as they become available.