The Republican National Committee Chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, has stated that conservative candidate Daniel Kelly’s loss in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election was due to a messaging issue. Speaking on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” McDaniel stated that “when you’re losing by 10 points there is a messaging issue. And abortion is still an issue.” She added that Republicans cannot allow Democrats to define them and put up millions of dollars in lies.
Janet Protasiewicz secured 55.8% of the vote in Tuesday’s election after liberal groups, philanthropist George Soros, and Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois poured millions of dollars into the campaign. Campaign finance reports showed Republicans provided far less funding for Kelly. McDaniel stated that Republicans need to put the Democrats on the defense on the issue of abortion and discuss the fact that they support gender selection abortions and due date abortions.
McDaniel noted that the RNC raised their flag on this issue, saying “I’m a suburban woman. I know this is an issue. I hear it with my friends with my young daughter.” She added that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022 by upholding a Mississippi law that restricts abortion after 15 weeks in a 5-4 ruling authored by Associate Justice Samuel Alito.
Despite Republicans underperforming expectations of a “red wave” nationally in the November midterm elections, McDaniel fended off a challenge by lawyer Harmeet Dhillon for the RNC chair in January, winning 111 votes out of the 168 for the chairmanship.
It is clear that the Democrats have been lying about Republicans, and this messaging issue needs to be addressed by the party. Republicans need to put the Democrats on the defense when it comes to the issue of abortion, as they support gender selection abortions and due date abortions. The RNC raised the flag on this issue, and it is time for Republicans to fight back and defend their values. The loss of conservative candidate Daniel Kelly in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election was unacceptable, and Republicans must work harder in the future to ensure that they win.