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Rep. Elise Stefanic Gaining Support to Replace Cheney in #3 GOP House Leadership Position

Stefanic is expected to replace Cheney as early as next week.


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Liz Cheney’s days of holding the #3 GOP leadership position in the House are numbered.

Cheney continues to lose support from the GOP, as she refuses to prioritize republican focus on taking back the House in 2022.

Cheney has even lost support from Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, both of whom supported her in the past.

A new candidate for replacing Cheney has gained a lot of momentum in recent days, garnering support from several key members of the GOP.

Rep. Elise Stefanic is now the front runner to replace Cheney in the House leadership spot.

Our pals at the Blaze have the inside scoop:

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is the current front-runner to replace controversial colleague Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as the third-ranking Republican in the caucus, according to multiple reports Wednesday morning.

Allies of the 36-year-old lawmaker have reportedly been working the phones since Tuesday aiming to quickly consolidate support among fellow Republican lawmakers as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) appear ready to oust Cheney from her post as conference chair.

Cheney has drawn ire from colleagues of late for her outspoken criticism of former President Donald Trump — who remains a towering fixture of the party — leading some party leaders to believe she will serve as a liability in efforts to take back the House in 2022.

McCarthy was reportedly caught on a hot mic Tuesday saying he's "lost confidence" in Cheney and that "someone just has to bring a motion" in order for her ouster to take place.

Amid the controversy, Stefanik has emerged as the clear choice to be Cheney's replacement, Politico reported Wednesday morning. The New York lawmaker and vigorous Trump supporter has already earned the support of fellow House Republican leaders, including Scalise, whose team released a statement Wednesday supporting her promotion.

"House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker [Nancy] 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," Scalise's spokesperson, Lauren Fine, said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Liz Cheney has lost support from many republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

According to the New York Post, Scalise is now backing Rep. Stefanic to replace Cheney in the House in the #3 leadership role:

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is no longer supporting GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney remaining in leadership, confirming to The Post Wednesday morning that he is officially backing Rep. Elise Stefanik for the job.

In a statement first released by Punchbowl News, later obtained by The Post, Scalise (R-La.) spokeswoman Lauren Fine explained the decision as one about keeping Republicans’ priorities in check.

“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,” Fine’s statement read.

Reps for Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Stefanik (R-NY) did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the endorsement.

Cheney is in the fight of her political life as she navigates a flurry of primary challengers for her Wyoming seat over her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump and her continued rhetoric on the matter.

The No. 3 House Republican survived an attempt to oust her from leadership in February over her impeachment vote.

Her standing with GOP colleagues has weakened since then, however, as members grew frustrated with her continued comments regarding the former president and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Her split with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on the scope of a 9/11-style commission on the riot, as well as her revealing exclusively to The Post that she was mulling a 2024 White House bid, also drew the ire of leadership.

McCarthy was caught on a hot mic Tuesday afternoon stating, “I think she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence.”

As for Rep. Stefanic, she continues to garner support, including that of President Donald Trump.



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