House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is not supporting GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney remaining in management, confirming to The Post Wednesday morning that he’s formally backing New York Rep. Elise Stefanik for the job.
In a press release first launched by Punchbowl News, later obtained by The Post, Scalise (R-La.) spokeswoman Lauren Fine defined the choice as one about protecting Republicans’ priorities in test.
“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 assertion learn.
Reps for Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Stefanik (R-NY) didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for touch upon the endorsement.
Cheney is at the moment within the combat of her political life as she navigates a flurry of major challengers for her Wyoming seat over her vote to question former President Donald Trump and her continued rhetoric on the matter.
The No. 3 House Republican survived an try to oust her from management in February over her impeachment vote.
Her standing with GOP colleagues has weakened since then, nevertheless, as members grew annoyed with her continued feedback relating to the previous president and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Her cut up with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on the scope of a 9/11-style fee on the riot, in addition to her revealing exclusively to The Post that she was mulling a 2024 White House bid, additionally drew the ire of management.
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.”
While declining to make his assist for Stefanik public, Punchbowl News reported Wednesday that the 36-year-old New York Republican was receiving McCarthy’s assist behind closed doorways.
The outlet reported that McCarthy had reached out to candidates convincing them to not run in an effort to clear the sector for Stefanik.
A McCarthy spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for remark.
Stefanik is a former chair of the reasonable Tuesday Group who performed a number one function in defending Trump throughout his first set of impeachment hearings.
She has a detailed working relationship with McCarthy, making her an excellent selection after GOP lawmakers grew involved that Cheney get replaced by a feminine lawmaker.
She beforehand labored as a staffer on Paul Ryan’s vice presidential marketing campaign effort.
In response to the GOP celebration infighting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) mocked the interior squabbles with a little bit of trolling, releasing a mock “help wanted” advert saying that Republicans had been wanting for a “non-threatening female” to interchange Cheney.
“Word is out that House GOP Leaders are looking to push Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as House Republican Conference Chair – their most senior woman in GOP leadership – for a litany of very Republican reasons: she won’t lie, she isn’t humble enough, she’s like a girlfriend rooting for the wrong team, and more,” the advert learn, referring to previous media reports about criticism of Cheney from Republican male lawmakers.
“I do commend Lynne Cheney for her courage, for her patriotism,” she mentioned later Wednesday whereas taking questions from reporters, by accident referring to Cheney’s mom.