Rep. Elise Stefanik makes pitch to conservatives ahead of leadership vote

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) huddled with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to lay out her case on why she believes she ought to succeed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as House Republican Conference chair amid issues her document is simply too reasonable to succeed within the leadership position. 

Stefanik’s push for support from the far-right faction of the convention got here the identical day that Cheney — one of Trump’s most vocal critics who beforehand served because the No. 3 Republican within the House — was ousted from her leadership position

While conservatives are skeptical of the New York Republican, Stefanik sought to ease their issues, vowing to put ahead a unifying message if she succeeds in being elected to the position. 

“My message was I’m focused on unifying the conference and beating Democrats and we have an opportunity to do that that’s historic as we’ve seen the most radical socialist agenda from President Biden and Speaker Pelosi,” she instructed reporters exiting the assembly, opting not to reply when requested if she had their assist. 

Shortly after the siege on Cheney, Stefanik started efforts to lock down assist to climb within the ranks, locking down key endorsements from Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — one of her strongest allies within the House — and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., is seen in the Capitol Visitor Center before House Republicans voted to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from the position of House Republican Conference Chair on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
Rep. Stefanik is seen within the Capitol Visitor Center earlier than House Republicans voted to take away Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position on May 12, 2021.
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But conservatives have voiced reservations in regards to the New York Republican — who beforehand served because the chair of the reasonable Tuesday Group earlier than seeing a fast rise in her profile whereas serving as one of former President Trump’s most vocal defenders throughout the first impeachment trial — with some making to clear they’re on the lookout for as challenger to emerge within the race, with Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), who hasn’t dominated out a bid taking purpose at her centrist votes prior to now. 

“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 ass-kicking we received by Democrats,” he wrote. 

Conservative lawmakers and out of doors advocacy teams together with Club for Growth have been lobbying towards Stefanik for the leadership place, with critics citing that her voting document being  to the left of Cheney’s, citing Heritage Action group scoring Stefanik at 56 % to Cheney’s 91 %; American Conservative Union scoring Cheney at 78 % to Stefanik’s 44 %; and FreedomWorks scoring Stefanik at 37 % to Cheney’s 56 %. 

President Donald Trump, left, listens as Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks before signing a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Fort Drum, N.Y.
Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik to succeed Liz Cheney.

Two senior GOP sources mentioned that an official from a number one advocacy group popping out towards Stefanik straight spoke with President Trump about their issues on Tuesday. But Trump adviser Jason Miller affirmed that Trump stands by his endorsement because the convention gears up to exchange Cheney on Friday. 

Despite Trump’s endorsement some lawmakers mentioned they left the assembly impressed by her pitch however remained unsold.

“I think Elise is a good spokesperson. I think she knows how to message and I thought she did a good job in that regard. Now whether it was persuasive, I can’t speak for all the others, but I haven’t made up my mind,” one conservative member mentioned. 

“We’re gonna say there might be some other people that jump into this race, and depending on the other candidates and how that works out, we’ll just see how the candidates stand,” Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) instructed reporters. 

“…  I think that most of the members of the Freedom Caucus are concerned about the voting record.”

Stefanik critics mentioned they want to see extra time between Cheney’s ouster and the choice of her successor, with a quantity of lawmakers airing grievances in regards to the course of and calling for a delay within the vote, which is scheduled for Friday morning. 

And a number of Republicans mentioned they’re pissed off with McCarthy, arguing they really feel boxed in by his resolution to throw his assist behind Stefanik so rapidly, telling The Post they felt “boxed in.” 

“There’s a number of Republican members of Congress who believe that Kevin McCarthy fumbled with Liz Cheney the first time, and then fumbled again because it was a quid pro quo for get rid of, Liz, or my pick Elise, and that it was far too orchestrated,” one senior Republican mentioned. 

“He feels like he’s got an ally in Elise Stefanik and that’s the primary reason why — there are other top females who are aligned with other leadership people.” 

But regardless of some grievances, Stefanik seems to be on observe to lock down greater than half of the members within the convention wanted to prevail within the race regardless of speak of a challenger launching a bid. 

Stefanik mentioned on Tuesday she has “broad support” from a number of factions throughout the social gathering. 

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