Rep. Elise Stefanik is telling Republicans on the fence that she intends to serve just one term as GOP conference chair in an effort to lock in support for the House leadership position, Fox News has confirmed.
The New York Republican is poised to replace Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., as soon as next week at the No. 3 GOP leader in the House.
In her conversations with colleagues in advance of the expected vote, Stefanik has said she intends to serve in leadership through the 2022 election, two sources familiar told Fox News. Then she intends to seek the top GOP spot on the House Education and Labor Committee, where she currently is a member.
ELISE STEFANIK, GOP CONFERENCE CHAIR FAVORITE, VOTED WITH TRUMP LESS THAN LIZ CHENEY
Stefanik’s pledge was first reported by Politico as a way to assuage some of the most conservative House members about her moderate voting record and to alleviate concerns about being boxed in by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who is encouraging members to back Stefanik.
She is also expected to speak to the Freedom Caucus Monday to build up bridges with the most conservative flank of the House, Fox News has confirmed.
Stefanik represents a more moderate New York district north of Albany and has a far less conservative voting record than Cheney, who represents deep-red Wyoming. The conservative group Heritage Action gave Cheney a 91% score compared to just 56% for Stefanik during the most recent Congress.
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 9: Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) questions Secretary of Defense Mark Esper during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on July 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. Stefanik is running for GOP conference chair to replace Rep. Liz Cheney. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)
But Cheney has run afoul of her colleagues for voting in favor of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment for inciting the Capitol riot, repeat
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