May 13, 2021

Liz Cheney Removed from GOP Leadership

  • The Hill

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was removed from her leadership position after months of going against the party’s priorities and attacking Republican leadership. After removal, her final words were, "I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office." With Cheney out of the way, House Republicans have expressed their enthusiasm and relief in being able to unite in opposing the Biden-Harris agenda. 

The Background: 

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has been formally ousted from Republican leadership. GOP House members have quickly expressed their relief at removing Cheney from her position, and have stated that they look forward to uniting and working to oppose the radical policies being pushed by the Biden-Harris administration. 

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) stated, "For months it’s been clear that Cheney is unfit for any leadership role in the Republican Party... Turning the page on her disastrous tenure will allow House Republicans to focus our messaging on fighting the Pelosi/Biden agenda."

Rep. Elise Stephanik (R-NY) is a front-runner in replacing Cheney as House GOP Conference Chair. "Our members believe that the stakes are far too high for us to be divided,” wrote Stefanik. “We stand shoulder to shoulder in believing that we have a historic opportunity to work as a team to win back the Majority in 2022 on behalf of the American people and save our great country." 

Interestingly, Stephanik has an even less conservative voting record than Cheney. She received a 56% conservative score from the Heritage Action group, and has caused some House members to hesitate throwing their support behind Stephanik despite endorsement from other prominent Republican leaders. 

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stated that he would rather leave the spot vacant than select an individual who had a left-leaning track record. In a memo to his colleagues, Roy wrote, “...With all due respect to my friend, Elise Stefanik, let us contemplate the message Republican leadership is about to send by rushing to coronate a spokesperson whose voting record embodies much of what led to the 2018 an ---kicking we received by Democrats.”

Notable Quotes:

“If we are to succeed in stopping the radical Democrat agenda from destroying our country, these internal conflicts need to be resolved so as to not detract from the efforts of our collective team. Having heard from so many of you in recent days, it’s clear that we need to make a change. … Unlike the left, we embrace free thought and debate. All members are elected to represent their constituents as they see fit, but our leadership team cannot afford to be distracted from the important work we were elected to do and the shared goals we hope to achieve. The stakes are too high to come up short.” - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a letter to House Republicans

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