(USA Features) House Republicans on Friday scheduled a vote for next to decide whether to remove Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming from her post as chairwoman of the Republican National Conference, the No. 3 position in the chamber for the GOP.
“The meeting is slated to kick off at 9 a.m., the morning after House lawmakers arrive back to Washington after their two-week recess,” the New York Post reported, adding that the vote will be called by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.
The vote will be the second time Cheney has faced an effort to remove her from her post. The last one was in February, but Cheney overwhelmingly prevailed.
This time around, however, some powerful Republican voices appear to be aligned against her.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana has publicly stated he is backing New York Rep. Elise Stefanik. And last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California was overheard on a hot mic ahead of a Fox News interview stating he was frustrated with Cheney over her continued public tormenting of and opposition to former President Donald Trump.
Still, there are some factions on the right who are not convinced that Stefanik is a better choice.
“The conservative Heritage Foundation’s advocacy organization, Heritage Action for America, gave a higher rating to Cheney’s voting record than Stefanik’s. The organization assigns separate scores for each lawmaker’s career voting record as well as this current session of Congress,” Just the News reported Saturday.
Also, conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter also questioned Stefanik’s voting record by tweeting an article this week with the headline: “Elise Stefanik, GOP conference chair favorite, voted with Trump less than Liz Cheney.” She went on to tell Just the News that “only Republicans could replace someone bad with someone worse.”
Earlier this week, former Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs wrote on Twitter, “RINO Games Destroying the GOP: Elise Stefanik, GOP conference chair favorite, voted with Trump less than Liz Cheney.”
But others have backed the New York Republican. She has received a coveted endorsement from former President Donald Trump, who is said to have a soft spot for her after she passionately defended him during his first impeachment.
“Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership,” Trump said in a statement this week. “We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement, and prioritize the values of America First. Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!”
And the National Border Patrol Council has backed her, as well.
“I’m honored to earn the National Border Patrol Council endorsement for Chair of the House GOP Conference,” Stefanik wrote on Twitter Friday. “Biden’s border crisis is an absolute disaster for our country. We need strong BORDER SECURITY immediately.”