Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has now launched a bid to unseat GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik after rough midterms despite promises of a “red wave” for Republicans. Currently, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has launched a bid for House speaker while Whip Steve Scalise has launched a bid for Majority Leader, and NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer has launched a bid for whip. As the Daily Caller reports:
Preparing for his second term in office, Donalds would be the most-recently elected member of the leadership team, and the only black member. Most other leadership candidates officially declared their bids Wednesday, circulating letters to the prospective Republican conference. Donalds previewed his messaging proposals for the GOP in a previous interview with the Daily Caller, arguing that the party must expand its outreach to non-traditional media and constituencies.
“Our party needs fresh ideas and perspectives when outlining our commitment to the American people. Over the past two years, it’s been abundantly clear that families across the nation are dissatisfied with the political climate and are desperate for change,” Donalds wrote to the conference in a letter obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller.
Stefanik, who entered leadership in May 2021, also announced her second run Wednesday.
“The media is more focused on their narrative than the needs of the people, and we must bring the message back to serving our constituents, not clickbait. The press isn’t going to do our bidding—it is incumbent upon our members to drive the party’s message across all communication mediums and defend our agenda at every turn.,” Donalds wrote.
The move is a shakeup in the House caucus, which is now divided over the lackluster midterm elections. It is unclear who will back Donalds’ run for the post.