Alabama Republican Party chairman John Wahl has been tapped to serve as a vice chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Committee voting members elected Wahl on Friday at the Winter Meeting in Dana Point, California, where RNC members met this week to vote on several party issues. The hottest topic was the reelection bid of incumbent RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. McDaniel won the election on Friday, winning handily with 111 of the 168 votes.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to represent the people of Alabama on the RNC and defend the conservative values that Republican voters stand for," Wahl said in a statement. "I believe the RNC needs a fresh vision for the 2024 election cycle, and I look forward to being part of a team working towards that goal. It's time to put the people first, and that's going to be my priority as a member of RNC leadership."
Earlier this month, the ALGOP Steering committee voted to enter a vote of no confidence in McDaniel's leadership, joining several other states to do the same. Wahl told 1819 News in December 2022 that issues run deeper than whoever holds the chair position, and there needs to be a "fundamental shift" from within the party.
Wahl also touted several strategies to reach younger voters to recreate Republican success in Alabama's election in November 2022.
"I hope the lessons we've learned from our election successes here in Alabama will be helpful as we get ready for 2024," Wahl concluded. "It is an honor to serve with so many other great conservatives in the Southern Region. Together, I think we can accomplish a lot for the people of our nation moving forward."
Editor's note: This article has been corrected to say Wahl was selected to serve as "a chairman" of the RNC.
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