Stefanik makes formal bid to replace Cheney as House GOP #3

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 1:34 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WWNY) - On the heels of House Republicans’ ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney from her role as their number-three leader, north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has officially announced her bid for the job.

Neither move was unexpected as the tide has turned against Cheney for her criticism of former President Donald Trump and toward Stefanik for her full-throated support of him.

In a letter to the members of the House Republican Conference, Stefanik asked for her colleagues’ votes for House Republican Conference Chair, the position Cheney was removed from. Stefanik posted the letter on Twitter.

“Today I humbly ask to earn your vote for House Republican Conference Chair to unify our message as a team and win the Majority in 2022,” she wrote.

Stefanik promised to focus mainly on countering what she called “the radical Socialist Democrat agenda” and taking back the House majority in 2022.

She promised her colleagues “a disciplined, unified message from our leadership team and Republican Conference” if she gets the nod.

Stefanik got backing Wednesday afternoon from all the Republican county chairs in the north country.

“We are incredibly proud to endorse” Stefanik, the county chairs said in a statement distributed by Stefanik’s campaign office.

“Elise has played an instrumental role in growing our party at the state level and has helped Republicans in the North Country win elections up and down the ballot. In the past year, she has worked hand in glove with us to register twice as many Republicans than Democrats across the district.

“We are confident that Elise will expand on that success as House Republican Conference Chair to fire Nancy Pelosi and flip the House. We are proud to fully support her candidacy.”

Following the vote against Cheney, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said, “There was no speeches, really. It was just Kevin standing up and and then the vote was taken. So it was definitely not what I expected, but basically, it’s time to move on from her. He said, ‘you know, we have to be unified and continue with this whole unity theme.’ And look, I’m all for unity, I’m all for unity and truth. You know, truth cannot coexist with lies. Truth cannot coexist with falsehood. You cannot unify with that. And I think that’s what Liz has been saying.”

Cheney seemed unbowed by the vote.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney said. “We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution. And I think it’s very important we make sure whomever we elect is someone who will be faithful to the Constitution.”

Support for Stefanik hasn’t been unanimous among Republicans. There have been rumblings among some conservatives in the party that she’s not conservative enough.

Stefanik could face a vote by the end of the week.

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