House Republicans replace Liz Cheney with Donald Trump defender Elise Stefanik
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Republicans vaulted Rep. Elise Stefanik into the ranks of House leadership Friday, electing an ardent Donald Trump defender in hopes of calming their searing civil war over the deposed Rep. Liz Cheney's unremitting combat with the former president.
My statement as the newly elected House GOP Conference Chair. — Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 14, 2021

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WASHINGTON -- Stefanik, R-N.Y., a moderate turned Trump loyalist who's given voice to many of his false claims about election fraud, was elected as expected to the No. 3 post that Cheney, R-Wyo., held for over two years.Backed by Trump and the House's top two Republicans, Stefanik defeated challenger Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, by 134-46 in a secret ballot vote conducted behind closed doors. A member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Roy was a prohibitive long shot whose candidacy seemed a signal to GOP leaders that hard-right Republicans expect a robust voice moving forward.Stefanik, 36, gives Republicans a chance to try changing the subject from the acrimonious fight over the defiant Cheney by installing a Trump loyalist - and one of the party's relative handful of women in Congress - in a visible role.But GOP schisms are unlikely to vanish quickly. Many hard-right conservatives have misgivings about Stefanik's centrist voting record, and tensions remain raw over Trump's taut hold on the party and Cheney's rancorous ouster.Republicans cast Stefanik's election as a step toward returning party unity."This was a coming together," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.Republicans booted Cheney out of leadership this week for repeatedly rebuking Trump for encouraging supporters who…
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