Stefanik rewarded for past but some in GOP concerned about future

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Rep. Stefanik with TrumpIt appears Rep. Liz Cheney will be officially demoted soon from a key GOP post in the U.S. House, which is punishment for voting to impeach Donald Trump, but her expected replacement is drawing scrutiny for a voting record that does not match her stated support for the former president.

A vote is expected Wednesday in the House Republican Conference, the little-publicized party caucus. Cheney has led the caucus since 2018, after she was first elected from Wyoming in 2016, but Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York), 36, is set to replace her in that job.

Speaking on the Todd Starnes Show, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Al) said he knows Stefanik (pictured above) and called her a very nice and intelligent congresswoman.

“And she’s about as far left as you can get in a Republican conference,” Brooks told the radio program.

"It's a foregone conclusion Liz Cheney does not need to be in the ranks of leadership," Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, told the radio show. "The question now is which way do Republicans go? Stefanik is not the direction."

According to Heritage Action, Rep. Stefanik has a “Session Score” of 84% after the most recent session of Congress but she has accumulated a dismal “Lifetime Score” of 48% after serving four terms representing the 21st District.

It doesn’t help the congresswoman's conservative credentials when a left-wing publication such as Time laments that she was recently a “widely respected moderate Republican known for her embrace of facts, her trust in science and her push to build a more diverse party…”

The Time article also points out that Stefanik belongs to the so-called Tuesday Group, a caucus of moderate Republicans.

Trump, however, was praising Rep. Stefanik as recently as Monday over the news she is expected to replace Rep. Cheney. She despised by the former president for her impeachment vote but the New York congresswoman emerged as a vocal Trump supporter during his four-year term. So political observers view Trump’s endorsement as a reward for loyalty. 

“We need someone in leadership who has experience flipping districts from blue to red as we approach the important 2022 midterms, and that's Elise!” Trump said in a statement. “She knows how to win, which is what we need!”

According to Perkins, there are “many” conservative lawmakers who are concerned about Rep. Stefanik leading the important caucus. But they are afraid to “buck” leadership, he said, by going public with their displeasure.

“So I've been talking with different ones," Perkins said, "and saying, Look, this is defining of where the party is going to go. And if you really want conservatives to get behind you and help you retake the majority, you're going to have not only talk the conservative game you're going to have to act the conservative game.”

According to Rep. Brooks, the only way a true conservative can be elected to lead the Conference is if potential candidates are allowed time to “mull over” seeking the post once Rep. Cheney is gone.

“Instead of a rushed-through process,” Rep. Brooks said, “like we're apparently seeing as of this moment.”

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