Senior House Republican Backs Rising Star to Replace Liz Cheney


House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is now touting Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York to replace Cheney, of Wyoming, as the party’s conference chair, according to the Washington Examiner.

“House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that, which is why Whip Scalise has pledged to support her for conference chair,” said Scalise’s spokeswoman, Lauren Fine.

The vote could come as soon as May 12.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is also on board with moving Stefanik into Cheney’s post, according to Bloomberg.

On Tuesday, McCarthy told “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy that he’s “had it” with Cheney, who attacked Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion and voted with Democrats during Trump’s impeachment this year.

The off-air remarks came before an interview in which McCarthy discussed GOP representatives’ dissatisfaction with Cheney, according to Axios.

“I think she’s got real problems,” McCarthy told Doocy. “I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place.”

That comment brought a riposte from Cheney’s team.

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