Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) had some good news for those of us who would like to see Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) removed from her position as the House Republican Conference Chair.
Jordan appeared on Fox News’ “Primetime” on Wednesday night. After a lively discussion with host Pete Hegseth and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich about why Cheney must go, he was asked, “Exit question, real quick, Representative Jordan, do you have the votes? Will it happen?”
“Yeah, I think that for sure, the votes are there,” Jordan replied. “And I think it will happen most likely next Wednesday.”
“You can’t have a Republican conference chair reciting Democrat talking points,” Jordan said. “You can’t have a Republican conference chair taking a position that 90 percent of the party disagrees with, and you can’t have a Republican party chair consistently speaking out against the individual who 74 million Americans voted for.”
“You can’t be the conference chair when you consistently speak out against the leader of our party and you consistently speak out against the positions that the vast, vast, vast majority of our party and our country, I think, holds.”
Gingrich said that Cheney “had every right to vote her conscience [for former President Donald Trump’s impeachment]. She had no right to use the chairmanship of the conference to exploit her position when, in fact, the conference by about 200 to 10 – that’s 20 to 1 – was on the other side. That’s why I think from an internal legislative standpoint, she simply can’t be chairman of a conference that she refuses to listen to.”
Hegseth played a clip of President Joe Biden weighing in on the push to oust Cheney earlier on Wednesday. Responding ever so slowly, he responded, “It seems as though the Republican Party is trying to identify what it stands for. And they’re in the midst of, a, significant, uh, sort of a mini-revolution going on in the Republican Party.”
Republications held a secret ballot vote to oust Cheney in February which she obviously survived. The result was 145 to 61. At that time, she had the support of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
According to The Wall Street Journal, following the vote, “McCarthy gave a rousing speech supporting her as a party leader.”
However, “their relationship has gone downhill ever since.”
On Tuesday, Axios obtained a recording of McCarthy (R-CA) on a hot mic telling Fox & Friends’ co-host Steve Doocy that he’s “lost confidence” in Cheney.
On the tape, McCarthy can be heard saying, “I think she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. … Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place.” I posted about this here.
Who will replace Cheney if, as now expected, she is removed from her position. On Wednesday, House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) publicly endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Stefanik is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party. She was especially strong in her defense of then-President Trump during the impeachment hearings.
Lauren Fine, a spokeswoman for Scalise, issued a statement which said, “House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that.”