Elise Stefanik selected House Republican chair, replacing ousted Liz Cheney

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 14, 2021

Rep. Chip Roy on Friday congratulated Rep. Elise Stefanik for winning the election to be House Republicans' new conference chair and said it is time for the party to "move forward" in its battles against Democrats. Cheney's remarks come after House Republicans voted to remove her from her leadership position on Wednesday.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke briefly and a voice vote was called.

A staunch Trump ally, Stefanik campaigned for the position as Cheney's standing among Republican colleagues waned.

Democrats, meanwhile, said Stefanik's election as House Republican Conference chair amounted to a black eye for Republicans, who booted Cheney fundamentally for her repeated condemnations of Trump's false claims the presidential election was stolen.

"So, why would Republicans want to break up with her so badly?"

Speaking on Today, Cheney said she was willing to do "whatever it takes" to keep Trump from returning to the presidency.

While she appeared in some ways to be a foregone conclusion as the new conference chair, Stefanik faced some opposition from conservatives such as Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, who sent a memo to colleagues this week criticizing her record as being too moderate.

House Republicans ousted Cheney from the No. 3 position in leadership Wednesday during a closed-door meeting after she voted to impeach Trump for his role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol and rebuked him for what she called his "big lie" that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Roy maintained the conference shouldn't "rush this process just for the sake of doing it", telling Capitol Hill reporters Thursday evening he would run for the position himself. "We can not do that if we fail to learn the lessons from the 2020 election". She pledged to unify Republicans in her new role.

"I strongly believe that one of the most important qualities in any leader is the commitment and ability to listen", she wrote.

"No, I think that's actually wrong, Bret", Cheney responded.

Minutes after the vote, Trump said in a statement, "Congratulations to Elise Stefanik for her big and overwhelming victory!" CNN reported that Katko was among the Republicans who nominated Stefanik in today's closed-door conference meeting. She defended him during both impeachments, voted to overturn the election, and last week she went full batshit, making an appearance on disgraced bigot Sloppy Steve Bannon's podcast to praise the preposterous Arizona audit that's looking into whether the ballots were tainted with bamboo shards from China.

Cheney and Katko were among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the insurrection.

Cheney voted to certify the electoral results from the 2020 presidential election. Stefanik joined 138 House Republicans in voting to object to the counts in Pennsylvania.

Stefanik has also made her embrace of Trump abundantly clear, which aligns with party leaders such as McCarthy who are relying on the former president's support in the next election cycle to boost Republicans' numbers in Congress.

"Cheney's ouster is about one thing, and one thing only: Liddle Donny Trump's feelings", Miller explains.

Cheney added: "I've worked in countries around the world where we don't have peaceful transitions of power, and all of us who are elected officials have got to make sure that we obey and abide by the oath that we swore to the Constitution, and that the peaceful of power is key to that".

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