NCGOP’s Whatley could soon lead RNC

North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley speaks at the 2023 North Carolina Republican Convention in Greensboro. Photo via NCGOP

RALEIGH — Former President Donald Trump issued a statement on Monday night calling for North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley to lead the Republican National Committee. 

“The RNC MUST be a good partner in the presidential election. It must do the work we expect from the national party and do it flawlessly,” said Trump in a statement.  

Current RNC chair Ronna McDaniel is expected to resign from the post following the Feb. 24 South Carolina Republican primary.  

In addition to his support of Whatley’s elevation to chair, Lara Trump has agreed to run for the position of co-chair, according to the statement. She is a North Carolina native and the former president’s daughter-in-law.  

“Every penny will be used properly. New Day,” said Trump of the proposed slate.  

RNC rules dictate that if McDaniel does resign, a new election among the committee’s 168 members must be held.