Consultant Elise Stefanik (R-NY) smiles after Home Republicans voted for her as their convention chairperson on the US Capitol in Washington, DC on Might 14, 2021.
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Home Republicans voted Friday to make Rep. Elise Stefanik their convention chair, days after ousting Rep. Liz Cheney over her opposition to former President Donald Trump‘s continued affect within the get together and her denouncements of his “huge lie” that the 2020 election was rigged.
Republicans convened round 8:30 a.m. ET on the Congressional Guests Middle, the identical room the place they expelled Cheney from the No. 3-ranking place by a voice vote two days earlier.
The vote for Stefanik was performed by secret poll. The ultimate tally was 134-46.
Stefanik, a fourth-term congresswoman from upstate New York, garnered nationwide consideration and clout inside her get together in 2019 when she forcefully defended Trump throughout his first impeachment trial.
“My focus is on unity, as a result of that is what the American folks, and that is what our voters, deserve,” Stefanik instructed reporters after the vote.
She thanked Trump, who had endorsed her for the function over Cheney, calling the previous president “a important a part of our Republican staff.”
Cheney has been denounced inside her get together for refusing to cease blasting Trump for spreading baseless conspiracy theories about his election loss to President Joe Biden.
Whereas federal officers mentioned there was no widespread voter fraud and dozens of courtroom circumstances from Trump’s allies did not reverse any state’s election outcomes, Trump has nonetheless refused to concede to Biden. The previous president continues to falsely assert he received the election, and that it was “stolen” from him.
Cheney blames Trump immediately for the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. She was considered one of simply 10 Republicans to vote to question Trump within the Home on a cost of inciting an rebellion, and since that vote, she has continued to argue that Trump poses a hazard to the nation if the Republican Occasion fails to sentence him. Trump was acquitted within the Senate.
Trump “dangers inciting additional violence,” Cheney mentioned on the Home flooring on the eve of the vote to strip her of her management function. He “continues to undermine our democratic course of, sowing seeds of doubt about whether or not democracy actually works in any respect,” she mentioned.
Stefanik was endorsed by Trump and Home Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, each of whom recommended Cheney’s focus was detracting from the GOP’s aim of successful again the Home in 2022.
Whereas Stefanik’s standing because the front-runner to exchange Cheney was by no means unsure, some conservatives complained that the less-experienced congresswoman was not conservative sufficient for the job.
She confronted a last-minute problem from Texas Rep. Chip Roy, backed by Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, and has confronted criticism from some conservative teams.
“Elise Stefanik is NOT spokesperson for the Home Republican Convention,” the conservative Membership for Development tweeted final week. “Home Republicans ought to discover a conservative to steer messaging and win again the Home Majority.