Is Elise Stefanik a seditionist? Inside rep's past statements as she looks set to replace Liz Cheney as GOP chair
Elise Stefanik is reportedly planning to possibly take the place of Republican representative Liz Cheney as GOP conference chair. Stefanik is working behind the scenes to gather support, claimed multiple sources to CNN.
So far, no challenger against Stefanik has arisen and one senator who spoke to her on Tuesday, May 4 said, "The fix is in." However, what must be remembered is that Stefanik was accused of being a seditionist by many when she decided to challenge President Joe Biden's election win.
Is Elise Stefanik a seditionist?
As Capitol Riots were taking place, Stefanik received major backlash. At this time, she had tweeted, "I am committed to restoring the faith of the American people in our elections — that they are free, fair, secure, and according to the United States Constitution."
...consequently, the faith in the sanctity of our nation's free and fair elections.— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) January 4, 2021
As a Member of Congress, I am committed to restoring the faith of the American people in our elections - that they are free, fair, secure, and according to the United States Constitution. 🇺🇸
This was just one part of a long thread of tweets. She also posted a video explaining why she had decided to challenge Biden then. She also stood by President Donald Trump and championed his defense during times of impeachment.
Why I Will Object on Jan 6th— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) January 4, 2021
“I am committed to restoring the faith of the American people in our elections - that they are free, fair, secure, and according to the United States Constitution.”
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Stefanik is also popular for calling out Andrew Cuomo and making merchandise that took a dig at him after claims of sexual assault were filed against him. These are currently being investigated by the Attorney General's office and the FBI. Calling Cuomo a 'sexual predator', Stefanik had called for him to resign. In addition to this, she also included merchandise with 'worst governor in America' on them. A t-shirt and mug with Cuomo's face and the tagline was sold for $25 each.
She is currently serving her fourth term in Congress and with all the support that she has been garnering, it is expected that a decision regarding her future will be made as soon as May 12. A GOP member was quoted as saying, "The field is clear for her at the moment." Multiple sources have also claimed that Stefanik had Republican representative Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania to make calls on her behalf. Some have also revealed that the discussion is in the early stages but there is cognizance of the fact that Stefanik would be a natural fit for the post as someone who is close to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Some have even claimed that McCarthy himself is behind the sudden support that Stefanik has gained. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise had already shown support by announcing he will be backing Stefanik’s bid for House Republican Conference chair.
BREAKING: @SteveScalise is backing @EliseStefanik’s bid for House Republican Conference chair. Stefanik is campaigning in advance of @Liz_Cheney’s ouster.— Punchbowl News (@PunchbowlNews) May 5, 2021
This is a major development in the House Republican leadership.
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