Replacement to be named later, possibly not named until next Congress
This morning in a closed door meeting of the U.S. House Republican Caucus, House Republicans, on a voice vote, removed Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R, WY-At Large) from her leadership post as House Republican Conference Chair, the number 3 leadership position for the minority party in the House.
The 54 year old Cheney, serving in her 3rd term, was defiant until the end, but her removal from leadership was expected.
What was not expected was the decision to replace Cheney being delayed this morning.
Since last week, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21) was widely seen as the favorite to replace Cheney, and no other names had emerged for replacements.
But the influential Club for Growth voiced opposition to the 4-term, 36 year old Stefanik last Wednesday, given she has a lifetime rating of 34% with the Club.
By contrast, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R, IL-16) has a 48% lifetime rating with Club for Growth.
In spite of Stefanik’s vigorous defense during President Trump’s first impeachment hearings in late 2019, many view Stefanik as a “johnny-come-lately” supporting President Trump. Open opposition to Stefanik was voiced yesterday from Congressman Chip Roy (R, TX-21), in spite of Stefanik’s promise to only serve as conference chair until the end of the current 117th Congress.
Whether the House Republicans replace Cheney during the 117th Congress remains to be seen.