“Members do not want to have to defend themselves against attacks from members of their own leadership team” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist and former house management adviser. “The primary responsibility of the House Republican Conference Chairman is to organize and moderate the weekly press conferences for the House Republican leadership. If you make an effort to embarrass your executives at these press conferences, you are not doing your job and you will not hold out in this position for long. “
Iowa representative Ashley Hinson, an aspiring freshman who voted against her party’s attempt to invalidate election results, came out Thursday in support of Ms. Stefanik and said she respects Ms. Cheney’s “strong conservative record and service for our country “but wanted relief from the fighting that had plagued the conference.
“If Republicans are divided and we don’t focus all of our efforts against radical democratic policies, Spokesman Pelosi will stay in power,” said Ms. Hinson in a statement in which Ms. Stefanik was considered “the right person to unify and lead our conference” was called time. “
Others seemed torn. Representative Nancy Mace, Republican from South Carolina, who had linguistically Mr. Trump for his role in promoting the January 6 attack on the Capitol and warning that the Republican Party cannot define itself around the former president alone, it said it was tired of “conducting these battles publicly”.
“I want to go forward,” Ms. Mace said to Neil Cavuto of Fox Business. “I want to win the house back in a year and a half. We can get the majority back and we have to stop fighting each other in public. “
Ms. Mace warned that if the party continues to “make our party and our country one person and not hard-working Americans in this country”, we will continue to lose elections. When asked if she was referring to Mr. Trump or Ms. Cheney, Ms. Mace replied, “All of the above.”
Some arch-conservative Republicans eager to oust Ms. Cheney – many of whom have despised her Hawkian foreign policy views for years – were tacitly skeptical of Ms. Stefanik despite her approval from Mr. Trump, noting the low-ranking conservative groups like The Heritage Foundation and the American Conservative Union gave it. On Wednesday evening, the Anti-Tax Club for Growth rejected their campaign, calling it “liberal”.