A leading House Republican has thrown her support behind the primary challenger to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming).
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), in an interview with The Daily Caller, said “it’s time” for Cheney to be out of office in announcing support for Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman, whom former President Donald Trump is also backing.
“It was very clear that Liz Cheney lost the support of her colleagues in Congress by epic proportions just like she’s going to lose the support of her constituents in Wyoming,” Stefanik, the No. 3 Republican in the House who took over that position from Cheney, said.
“You’re not entitled to these positions in elected office,” Stefanik added. “You are elected by your constituents and in the case of leadership, you’re elected by your colleagues.”
“The American people are far more important than Liz Cheney and as an elected official, you should never forget that – that the American people are the most important voices in our constitutional republic,” Stefanik added.
“When you forget that, it’s time you’re out of elected office.”
Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy revealed that Cheney was not invited to the GOP’s annual retreat.
McCarthy said he believes the best way to move forward is for Republicans to endorse the candidate running against her in order to make “real change.”
“Your conference doesn’t determine whether you’re a Republican or Democrat. You get to determine that. And the way to go about it is exactly what I’m doing. I support Harriet in Wyoming. You’re going to find there’s going to be an event for Harriet next week. No one knows this. There are more than 100 members that are co-sponsoring that,” McCarthy said.
“Part of the reason why Liz isn’t doing her work for Wyoming. She’s not on natural resources. She gave that up. That’s the number one committee for Wyoming, you know, and the voters get to decide whether you get to come to Congress.
“We get to decide whether you’re going to be in leadership or not. Liz Cheney was not doing the role as conference chair. That’s why she was removed. She doesn’t come to the conference. Adam’s not running again. We disagree with them,” he added.