Over half of the House Republicans have called for Liz Cheney (R-WY) to be removed from the Chair of the House GOP Conference.
The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke said Republican aides say over 115 GOP members support a move to put a vote of no confidence in Cheney’s leadership following their recent vote against President Trump.
The vote would be by secret ballot.
As chairman of the GOP conference, Cheney is the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives.
We just had a violent mob attacking the Capitol to keep them from doing our constitutional duty. There is no question that the president formed the mob, the president instigated the mob, the president raised the mob. He lit the flame. pic.twitter.com/nc9WLmtfuv
– Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) January 7, 2021
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Move to criticism
Right now, more than half of the House’s Republicans are on board with Cheney’s criticism. Veterans and newly elected officials have urged Cheney to resign.
Matt Rosendale (R-MT) said, “Rep. Cheney did not consult with the rest of our conference until assisting the impeachment. “
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He continued, “It has failed to abide by the spirit of the conference rules and ignores the preferences of Republican voters. I urge her to resign as conference leader. “
Andy Biggs (R-AZ), chairman of Freedom Caucus, said, “The reality is that she is not representing the conference. It does not represent the republican ideals. And I think that’s a problem … I’m not alone in this feeling. ”
Rep. Matt Gaetz said, “Cheney has left the America First movement.”
Liz Cheney has deviated from the positive populism that inspires the America First movement. https://t.co/MiShOk7Dvn
– MP Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 19, 2021
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Cheney in trouble at home
While formal criticism has not yet taken place in the House, Cheney’s constituents in Wyoming are not happy with their decision to vote for impeachment.
On Tuesday, the Republican Central Committee of Carbon County Wyoming unanimously passed a resolution officially censuring Cheney.
Representative Cheney ignored and broke caucus rules by disclosing her intention to join the Democratic Party’s proposed move to vote for impeachment against the media before evidence was presented to the panel.
“Representative Cheney voted for President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment despite no formal hearing, evidence presented, witnesses required to testify, or prosecutors interviewed.”
The resolution goes on to say that Wyoming voters went to the polls in November in order to “express their will, values and stated preference in the re-election of President Donald J. Trump by a greater distance than that and in greater numbers bring the Rep Cheney re-elected. “
“The decision of no confidence was passed unanimously by the 45-member Central Committee.”
Washington Times: Liz Cheney reprimanded the vote in Wyoming to indict Trump: “Did not represent our vote” https://t.co/qJHJek8zGm
– Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 19, 2021
Carbon County’s GOP chairman Joey Correnti was tough on Cheney, saying she refused to answer angry voters about her vote.
Correnti said, “People in the county party tried to reach Rep. Cheney by email and phone – and I think only one person got a response from a staff member, and it was pretty short.”
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Potential challengers for GOP House Chair and 2022 implications
There are several Republicans who have been mentioned or are actively considering asking Cheney to chair her. Among those mentioned are Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Elise Stephanik (R-NY).
At home in Wyoming, a possible 2022 challenger has already emerged in Senator Anthony Bouchard (R).
BREAKING: Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard (R) has filed a lawsuit against House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) in 2022 after she voted in favor of Trump. https://t.co/U1CzitXbQ6
– Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) January 20, 2021