Rep. Liz Cheney’s leadership post on shaky ground

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) leadership place is on shaky ground, with a rising variety of her GOP colleagues telling The Post {that a} second vote to oust her from her position could also be inevitable.

Three GOP lawmakers mentioned a vote figuring out her destiny in leadership might come as quickly as subsequent week throughout their first convention assembly again after recess.

While Cheney — the highest-ranking Republican girl in Congress and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney — overwhelmingly prevailed in a vote to retain her position earlier this yr, some argue there is probably not sufficient votes to save lots of her resulting from frustrations together with her criticisms of former President Trump and increasingly tense relationship with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Critics argue the newest requires her ouster stem past her vote to question Trump for inciting a riot on Jan. 6, alleging her determination to proceed to rebuke the previous president undermines her capability to guide messaging for the convention and conflicts with the place the majority of the celebration stands. 

Multiple lawmakers mentioned that McCarthy coming to her protection over the last vote gave her the sting she wanted, noting that he’s publicly indicated that he gained’t be going to bat for her this time round. 

“He has someone who has aggressively undercut him since he saved her — he certainly saved her from embarrassment of a close vote,” one senior GOP member mentioned. “If a vote happened again today after her behavior the last couple of times, would it be much closer to 50/50? Absolutely.”

Reports of Rep. Liz Cheney's uncertain future in leadership comes amid her strained relationship with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Reports of Rep. Liz Cheney’s unsure future in leadership comes amid her strained relationship with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
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Tensions between the pro-Trump faction of the celebration and Cheney — the highest-ranking Republican girl in Congress — look like reaching a boiling level, with renewed requires her ouster rising in the course of the House GOP retreat in Orlando final week. 

Members took goal on the Wyoming Republican after she partook in a collection of interview the place she asserted she believes the celebration wants to maneuver on from Trump.

Her critics mentioned her break up with McCarthy on the scope of the Jan. 6 fee, her remarks that lawmakers that led the efforts to problem the election outcomes needs to be disqualified from being the GOP nominee in 2021 and not ruling out a presidential bid in 2024 herself proved to be factors of competition. 

“I mean it kind of knows that’s the ultimate slap in the face to two-thirds of the people that she represents in the conference,” one GOP lawmaker mentioned. 

“It was one thing for her to do what she’s been doing, she’s predictable at this point which is anti-Trump and digging our hole, but to sort of make it about a story that was kind of about her and her ambition. I think that was like the tipping point.” the supply added of her potential presidential ambitions. 

Another member added that, “After that February vote bill, many of us were of the mindset of okay it’s over, let’s get behind her and let’s move forward.”

Three lawmakers have told the Post that Rep. Cheney could lose her role as House Republican Conference Chair as soon as next week.
Three lawmakers have advised the Post that Rep. Cheney might lose her position as House Republican Conference Chair as quickly as subsequent week.
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Others in favor of her ouster mentioned the February vote on her leadership post coming the identical week as members had been slated to take a ground vote to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from committees for previous controversial remarks swayed members that had been on the fence — with some elevating considerations in regards to the optics of saving Greene however not Cheney. 

“It wasn’t about loyalty to her or support for, it was about Marjorie Taylor Greene. And it was even said in a room that if Liz is canned, fired from conference chair but Marjorie Taylor Greene stays in the conference that’s a bad story — everybody agreed with that,” one senior member mentioned. “And I think that’s why Kevin saved her.”

But regardless of the pushback from inside the celebration, Cheney is standing by her requires the celebration to disassociate from Trump and stress the gravity of the assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6. The Wyoming Republican has dismissed accusations that taking goal at Trump might hinder their capability to take again the bulk.. 

“I think that, for us to be focused on how do we get the House back and the Senate back  in ’22, how do we get the White House back in ‘24, one of the most important things we have to do is be honest about what happened in 2020, and really look at and understand why we lost, where we lost, and which voters we lost with,” she advised The Post in an interview in Orlando.  “And that’s one of the things that’s damaging about sort of the charge that the election was stolen because that prevents us from actually getting at the truth.”

Rep. Liz Cheney has been at odds with former President Donald Trump over his role in the Capitol riot and allegations about election fraud.
Rep. Liz Cheney has been at odds with former President Donald Trump over his position within the Capitol riot and allegations about election fraud.
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On Monday morning the Wyoming Republican doubled down on her place on social media regardless of going through criticisms from her colleagues, slamming Trump for reiterating his unsubstantiated declare he gained the election. 

“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” she tweeted shortly after Trump’s assertion that: “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” 

While critics argue that her rebuke of Trump might harm their possibilities of taking again management of the House, Cheney has dismissed the accusations, arguing that the nation deserves to know the reality about what occurred in the course of the election. 

“I think that, for us to be focused on how do we get the House back and the Senate back in ’22, how we get the White House back in ‘24, one of the most important things we have to do is be honest about what happened in 2020 and really look at and understand why we lost, where we lost, and which voters we lost with,” she advised The Post in an interview in Orlando final week. 

“And that’s one of the things that’s damaging about sort of the charge that the election was stolen because that prevents us from actually getting at the truth.”

Sources near Cheney additionally shot down accusations that her rhetoric has been a distraction from their agenda, arguing she’s been vocal in touting GOP insurance policies and pushing again on the Biden agenda, arguing it comes right down to her help for Trump and recognition of the rebellion.  

“If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit,” Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R., Ohio) told The Hill.

Liz isn’t going to deceive individuals. Liz goes to say what she believes,” Gonzalez added. “She’s going to stand on principle. And if that’s going to be distracting for folks, she’s not the best fit. I wish that weren’t the case.”

Despite the end result of the February vote and Cheney retaining a large variety of allies, a number of lawmakers advised The Post there are already potential contenders being floated — together with Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) — as potential replacements with some already having conversations with members to gage help. 

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