House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday confirmed his endorsement of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) as chair of the House Republican conference, the chamber’s third-most powerful party position, in a bid that seeks to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the GOP congresswoman facing ire from some Republicans for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.
McCarthy confirmed his endorsement while speaking to Fox News’ Maria Bartoromo on Sunday as House Republicans look to move forward with a vote to oust Cheney from the role this week.
Stefanik, elected to Congress in 2014, previously held a close political relationship with Cheney, even saying she was “proud to nominate” Cheney as GOP conference chair at a 2019 forum.
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“Everyone in leadership serves at the pleasure of the conference, and as you know, there’s a lot at stake; Democrats are destroying the nation,” McCarthy said Sunday. “That’s why we will have a vote [this] week and we want to be united and… moving forward and I think that’s what will take place.”
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