Now that they’ve removed one of the last real Republicans from her leadership role, the vultures have begun circling Liz Cheney’s still-warm seat to grab her role for themselves. Most prominently campaigning for the spot is Elise Stefanik, whose blatant power grab was so obvious to even her own supporters that they took her task for it on Twitter.
But another contender has emerged as a possible replacement for Cheney. Texas Representative Chip Roy is reportedly mulling over a decision to throw his hat into the ring for consideration.
Roy consistently voted with Trump nearly 90% of the time, dwarfing Stefanik’s voting record of 77%. Interestingly, Liz Cheney voted with the former guy roughly 93% of the time, but pesky things like facts and math never stood in the way of Republicans steamrolling over anyone they’ve decided is giving them too much trouble. Roy and some other Republicans have raised concerns about Stefanik’s voting record, which is also more moderate than Cheney’s.
But Roy also hasn’t been afraid to be openly critical of Trump, which is why he may not move forward with his pursuit in the wake of Cheney’s removal. When Trump faced his second impeachment, Roy said Trump “deserves universal condemnation for what was clearly impeachable conduct — pressuring the vice president to violate his oath to the Constitution to count the electors.” Even so, Roy voted against Trump’s second impeachment, unlike Cheney, basing his decision on the kind of precedent he thought it would set for political speech.
Stefanik has risen quickly through the ranks to become the most serious contender for the third-highest spot in Republican House leadership, mainly for being a staunch supporter of the former guy. She has won the endorsement of Trump himself as well as support from GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy.
Roy sent a memo to his Republican colleagues Wednesday opposing Stefanik’s campaign to become the new GOP conference chair, accusing the upstate New York Republican of campaigning as a Republican but “then vote for and advance the Democrats’ agenda once sworn in.”
"There's old sayings in TX about find all the rope in TX & get a tall oak tree. You know, we take justice very seriously, & we ought to do that. Round up the bad guys." Rep. Chip Roy glorifying lynchings in hearing on violence against Asian-Americans pic.twitter.com/c0NXzL6kxQ 03
— save DEMOCRACY (@VippusaO) May 12, 2021
“Therefore, with all due respect to my friend, Elise Stefanik, let us contemplate the message Republican leadership is about to send by rushing to coronate a spokesperson whose voting record embodies much of what led to the 2018 ass-kicking we received by Democrats,” Roy wrote in the memo.
Elise Stefanik: "I saw Goody Cheney with the Devil."
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) May 12, 2021
Stefanik is expected to participate in a forum Wednesday evening organized by the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus where she’ll face a slew of questions about her voting record and her plans if she helms the GOP conference.
Most of the House GOP doesn’t even *like* Stefanik, yet, for some inexplicable reason, they’re willing to continue to debase themselves for Trump.
— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) May 12, 2021