Now that House Republicans have officially voted to remove Rep. Cheney as GOP House Chair the hunt to find a representative to fill the role begins. So far, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is the odds-on favorite to fill the role, already gaining endorsements from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Whip Steve Scalise and former President Trump.
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A letter to my colleagues on my vision to unify our GOP Conference, win the Majority, and fight on behalf of the American people to save our country👇🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/JGE5IqhNJo
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 12, 2021
According to Townhall:
“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,” Stefanik wrote in a letter to colleagues. “Despite the media’s endless attempts to divide us, our Members are united in our laser focus on defeating the radical Socialist Democrat agenda of President Biden and Speaker Pelosi…I look forward to working with you as we share our unified conservative vision, regain the majority, fire Speaker Pelosi once and for all, and fight on behalf of the American people to save our country.”
Stefanik has the support of GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), among other rank-and-file members, but her bid also has opposition from conservative members of the caucus. She’s received criticism from a growing number of lawmakers, including members of the House Freedom Caucus, for her voting record, which some argue is not conservative enough.
House Republicans will likely vote to replace Cheney in the coming days.