Stefaik’s promise to limit her time on the GOP leadership is just one of several assurances she makes to other Republicans in the House as she works quickly to cut off support for her leadership offer. While she is widely expected to win the post after contested conference chair Liz Cheney likely gets the boot next week, some far-right lawmakers have grumbled about her voting scorecard. Other members of the conference have complained that they feel cooped up by Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), The minority chairman of the House of Representatives, who whips members hard in support of Stefanik.
While other GOP members have expressed interest in the position, no one has officially entered the race to challenge Stefanik.
Stefanik, a moderate Trump ally, also vows to join the party line and not defy the leadership if they whip for or against something – a promise designed to convince colleagues she won’t rock the boat like Cheney does. The current number 3 not only voted to indict Donald Trump, but also opposed the party a couple of times on certain votes.
Their promise of a limited time in the leadership comes after some Conservative members of the House of Representatives have expressed concern about their more moderate record. On Wednesday, members of the House Freedom Caucus voiced their complaints over the phone. These issues include that she has a conservative scorecard less than 50 percent and that McCarthy and others moved quickly to get her into the position, leaving the ultra-conservative caucus with no room to express their preferences about who is Intended to conduct GOP news before 2022, POLITICO first reported.
Stefanik is also expected to speak at the Freedom Caucus on Monday to reach out to members who, according to sources, are hesitant, if not directly opposed, to her promotion to leadership positions.
However, with Stefanik only vowing to fill the remainder of that tenure in the leadership, this could reassure not only the conservative hardliners, but also other members who have complained about how quick the Cheney exchange process has been. At one point several other Republicans were selected for the conference chairmanship, including Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Chairman of the Republican Studies Committee, and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), The conference vice chairman.
Rep. Virginia Foxx (RN.C.), currently expected to pass the resolution to oust Cheney from the leadership, has been appointed senior Republican on the House Committee on Education and Labor, clearing the way for Stefanik makes the top panel after the next congress. Stefanik is also a member of the high profile House Intelligence Committee, where she promoted herself to GOP fame during Trump’s first impeachment.
House Republicans will meet at 9:00 a.m. next Wednesday for their weekly conference meeting, where the vote on Cheney is expected to take place. A separate vote on their replacement would then have to take place, although the time for this vote has yet to be determined.
Stefan’s meteoric rise goes hand in hand with relocating the conference to oust Cheney as she doubled and tripled her views on the deadly January 6 attack. ”
“Anyone who says it’s THE BIG LIE is throwing their backs on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system,” Cheney tweeted Monday.
While Cheney struggles to project her message about how the GOP needs to change course, she’s not struggling to stay in the lead, which supports efforts by Republican leaders to get Stefanik into that position.