Ex-NRC chief says party will regret convicting Cheney and Kinzinger

Ex-NRC chief says party will regret convicting Cheney and Kinzinger

Former GOP National Committee Chair Mark Rasiko wrote an open letter to NRC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel saying the party may regret condemning GOP Reps Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

Rasiko, the former Republican governor of Montana, published a letter Sunday in the Billings Gazette advising McDaniel to withdraw and reject a censure resolution passed by RNC members earlier this month during the party’s winter caucus in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“I must admit it’s hard to even know where to start,” wrote Rasiko, who led the party from 2002 to 2003, calling the day “a really sad day.”

Former GOP National Committee Chair Mark Rasiko wrote an open letter to NRC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel saying the party may regret condemning GOP Reps Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

Former GOP National Committee Chair Mark Rasiko wrote an open letter to NRC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel saying the party may regret condemning GOP Reps Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

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Representatives Adam Kinzinger (left) and Liz Cheney (right) were denounced by NRC members at the party’s winter meeting earlier this month in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the censure document, the duo were criticized for their participation in the January 6 Democrat-led House Select Committee.

Rasiko suggested to NRC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel (pictured) to withdraw and reject the censure resolution, which he said could backfire and hurt the GOP's 2022 mid-term prospects.

Rasiko suggested to NRC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel (pictured) to withdraw and reject the censure resolution, which he said could backfire and hurt the GOP’s 2022 mid-term prospects.

“Based on my many years of involvement in Republican politics, my intuition tells me that you and other members of the NRC will regret, if not already regretted, the adoption of the NRC resolution,” he said.

Rasiko reviewed both the language of the January 6 House resolution establishing the select committee and the language used to denounce Kinzinger and Cheney, the only two Republicans involved in the 1/6 investigation.

The censure resolution says Kinzinger and Cheney’s participation on the committee could help Democrats remain in the majority through 2022.

It also states that Cheney and Kinzinger are “participating in a Democratic-led crackdown on ordinary citizens participating in legitimate political discussions.”

This wording – despite McDaniel saying it was meant to refer to those who were covered by the 1/6 investigation and were not at the Capitol that day – drew criticism from members of both political parties.

“It is possible, perhaps even probable, that the NRC resolution, with its inflammatory language and theatricality, posed the very threat that you accuse Representatives Cheney and Kinzinger of creating, namely, reducing the chances of the Republicans winning the election in 2022. Rasiko remarked.

Rasiko criticized the party for forgetting the “Great Middle”, which he said “is in the process of self-organizing with a higher purpose” i.e. “a return to simple, eternal and enduring values”.

“In seeking power by the Republican National Committee for the sake of power itself and its obsession with winning at all costs, you have sacrificed your proclamation and its exposure of the current soul of the party, the loyalty of many, and the growing number of your most ardent and longtime supporters,” Rasiko warned.

Rasiko also urged the NRC to suggest that the actions of Cheney and Kinzinger were an attempt to harm former President Donald Trump.

“All of the above suggests that I have not found any facts or evidence of “sabotage” or “persecution” or attempts to “destroy” the former president, which serve as the basis for the accusations cited in the NRC Resolution. and filed against representatives of Cheney and Kinzinger,” he wrote.

“On the contrary, the evidence shows that the two Republican members of the House of Representatives are faithfully fulfilling their investigative duties and seeking the truth as members of a properly constituted investigative committee,” he continued. “In other words, they do their job with loyalty and loyalty to the Constitution.”

Rasiko said that the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives made the “wrong decision” by refusing to participate in the House Select Committee.

“Now, having lost the opportunity to contribute to the work and deliberations of the Select Committee, they have only one option available, which is to turn a blind eye to the truth and curse the darkness,” he wrote.

Rasiko also denied Trump’s false claims that he lost the election due to widespread fraud.

“While it is very neat and accurate to place the blame for the defeat of the former president on the existence of a determined and widespread fraud, there is not a shred of evidence anywhere to support such nonsense,” said the former chairman of the NRC.

“The former president was not defeated in 2020 due to fraud,” he continued. “The truth is quite the opposite.”

“The defeat of the former president is due to the fact that the legions of responsible citizens, part of this Great Mid-America, voted the way they did because they accepted the very allegiance to their county and its constitution that the NRC claims to uphold in their country.” . his party platform,” he added.

Rasiko said what the RNC should do now is to reject a resolution “rebuking and deserting” Cheney and Kinzinger.

“I call for the search for this cure, realizing that we are people, that politics is a competitive enterprise and that sometimes we make mistakes,” he advised. “But I also believe that in such a situation, the ultimate measure of our character is that we have the discernment and courage to humbly and honestly correct them.”

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