Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and niece of 2012 Republican presidential nominee was named deputy chair of the Republican National Committee Thursday. Ohio state Trump director Bob Paduchik will serve as deputy co-chair.
Trump has officially declared his support of Romney McDaniel as the next RNC chair, according to Gongwer News Service, a Michigan-based political reporting outfit. Paduchik will serve as deputy co-chair.
President-elect Donald Trump has officially declared his support of MIGOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel as the next RNC chair.
— Gongwer News Service (@GongwerMichigan) December 14, 2016
Trump visited Michigan Dec. 9, as part of his ongoing “Thank You” tour. Romney McDaniel introduced the President-elect on stage.
Romney McDaniel and Paduchik helped Trump carry the two rust-belt states, which were critical in his election to the presidency. His decision to name Paduchik deputy co-chair may have been a compromise between transition officials who saw Romney McDaniel as too much of an establishment figure for the post.
Multiple media reports have said that Romney McDaniel was Trump’s choice for the top RNC post, but Paduchik’s name has not been as prevalent.
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