Harmit Dillon, a Trump lawyer running against incumbent Rona McDaniel, said the cost was typical of the wasteful administration she was trying to oust.
“At a time of economic disaster in our country, if we lose the election, I would make a different choice if I were the chairman,” she told DailyMail.com.
“I would choose a location that is easy to get to and something that our constituents and activists would like to see.”
Members of the Republican National Committee begin their winter meeting in California on Wednesday, which includes a vote on a new chairman. But the decision to hold it at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Hotel, where rooms start at $900, caused controversy
Harmit Dillon is running to unseat Rona McDaniel as chair and says the seat choice shows the RNC and its wasteful spending are out of touch with voters
McDaniel is on track to win a fourth term.
But Dylan has been joined by MyPillow founder and Trump loyalist Mike Lindell in trying to change the status quo as some members of the grassroots seek change after disappointing midterm results.
Organizers say they have negotiated a discounted rate for members to stay at the Waldorf Monarch Beach Hotel.
Dillon said the choice of a luxury resort more than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, with three pools and a golf course, reflects poor spending choices under McDaniel and risks looking out of touch with the public.
“We have to be mindful of the fact that people fly in and pay $100 in taxis to get here and then spend a lot to stay here,” she said.
“It symbolizes some spending choices on our part, which is one of the messages of my campaign, which is about spending donors’ money.”
She decried how the companies are spending tens of millions of dollars on consultants without securing a large majority in the House of Representatives and leaving the Senate in the hands of Democrats.
RNC spending was a common target of Fox News anchors targeting a Red state blog post saying he spent at least $750,000 on floral arrangements under McDaniel alone.
Rooms at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach start at more than $820, plus a $55 resort fee and taxes.
Rooms start at more than $820 plus a $55 nightly resort fee and tax
“With top-rated restaurants, a private beach club, championship golf and an expansive spa among the activities and amenities on our 175 oceanfront acres, anything is possible because it’s all there,” an ad on the hotel’s website says.
The hotel bills itself as one of the most luxurious spots around Dana Beach, about an hour’s drive down the coast from Los Angeles.
“With fine dining, a private beach club, championship golf and an expansive spa among the activities and amenities on our 175 oceanfront acres, anything is possible because it’s got it all,” the website announcement reads.
A room service burger (on a brioche bun with truffle aioli) is a cool $33.
The hotel bar serves a $62 Old Fashioned cocktail (made with 12-year-old Swinka) that is covered in smoke.
And a lobster pie at the Bourbon Steak restaurant will cost visitors a whopping $130.
Organizers say they have negotiated a discount, meaning attendees pay $250 a night.
“When planning meetings for our members, the RNC considers many factors, including a hotel that has the necessary meeting facilities, event capabilities, several hundred rooms for our members and their guests, and security, among other factors,” spokeswoman Danielle said. Alvarez.
“The cost of this meeting is at or below the cost of previous meetings.”
Broadcaster John Fredericks, who managed Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns in Virginia, said parking costs more than $100 a night, so he presented his show from another hotel.
“The optics are terrible,” he said.
“This is another example of Chairman McDaniel’s complete disconnect with the public.
“Having this meeting here about her re-election at one of the most luxurious and expensive resorts in the United States?
“She’s doing it so that ordinary Americans can’t come.”
The third candidate in the race is Mike Lindell, founder of MyPillow and uber Trump supporter.
This adds to an already bitter campaign. Friday’s vote for RNC chairman is just the latest example of forces tearing the party apart.
The infighting was on display for all to see as members of Congress nearly fell out before finally electing Rep. Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House on the 11th ballot.
Different wings blame each other for the poor result in last year’s mid-term elections.
And Trump, who has been the party’s undisputed power for six years, could face a serious challenge from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is seeking the 2024 nomination.
The protracted battle for the RNC chair could only deepen this sense of division.
The company has already been marked by angry exchanges.
Dillon placed the blame for the midterm elections on McDaniel, saying the RNC failed to mobilize the vote and so did the Democratic Party.
McDaniel says weak candidates are the problem and has said she is the candidate of unity.
Dylan’s campaign is mocking the claim, pointing out that a number of state parties have passed a vote of no confidence in the chairman.
“The job of the Republican Party chairman is to unite Republicans, so it’s very impressive for Rona McDaniel to unite all factions of the Republican Party against her candidacy,” Dylan spokeswoman Caroline Wren said.
The shadow of former President Donald Trump hangs over the process. But even his supporters are divided, with some siding with his old ally McDaniel, but his more radical followers, such as Arizona’s Curry Lake, supporting Dylan
The campaign took a darker turn in recent weeks when it was claimed that a McDaniel ally had used Dylan’s Sikh faith as a negative factor in private conversations.
And another sign of divisiveness is that Trump has seen his own loyalists split as they decide how best to shake up the status quo.
He did not publicly endorse a candidate to protect the neutrality of the RNA during the party’s nomination process.
But aides have made it clear that he is quietly backing McDaniel, whom he endorsed in 2016 when she first took office.
Former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and former chief of staff Reince Priebus will be part of McDaniel’s unofficial whipping team, according to the Associated Press.
Three of Trump’s current top advisers, including Susie Wiles, who is a key figure in running his campaign, will be there.
Kari Lake, who was narrowly running for governor of Arizona, and Turning Point USA CEO Charlie Kirk will be in Dylan’s corner.