Kevin McCarthy tells GOPers working for Liz Cheney: It’s her or me


House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is warning Republican consultants who are working with Rep. Lynn Cheney they must choose between the two of them, a new report revealed on Friday.

The ultimatum comes as tensions remain between Republican leadership and Cheney over her vote to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol and her acceptance of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s offer to sit on the special committee investigating that day.

Jeff Miller, a lobbyist and close ally of McCarthy from his home state of Califorina, delivered the her-or-me message, The New York Times reported.

It’s resulted in one fundraising firm, The Morning Group, to disassociate itself from Cheney.

‘She’s not just undermining Kevin but the whole G.O.P. conference,’ Miller told the NYT. ‘You’re either with Kevin, and the conference, or the person undermining them. You can’t serve two masters.’ 

Kevin McCarthy is warning Republican consultants who are working with Rep. Lynn Cheney they must choose between the two of them

Kevin McCarthy is warning Republican consultants who are working with Rep. Lynn Cheney they must choose between the two of them

Rep. Liz Cheney has made it clear she won't support McCarthy in his bid for speaker if Republicans win control of the House in the midterms

Rep. Liz Cheney has made it clear she won’t support McCarthy in his bid for speaker if Republicans win control of the House in the midterms

McCarthy distanced himself from Cheney after Trump set her in his sight lines. The former president has endorsed a primary opponent against her, a rare move as party’s usually favor incumbents.

Meanwhile, McCarthy supported an effort by Republicans to remove her from House leadership and he called her a ‘Pelosi Republican’ after she accepted the speaker’s offer to sit on the January 6th investigative panel.

If Republicans win control of the House in next year’s midterm election, McCarthy is favored to become speaker, which would give him the power to make committee assignments. He has tied his bid to Trump’s wing of the Republicay Party, hoping his MAGA supporters can hand the GOP control of the House. He only needs to flip five seats to win.

Cheney has made it clear she will not support McCarthy’s bid to become speaker. 

Her office slammed McCarthy’s latest move. 

‘It’s sad but not surprising that Kevin McCarthy is continuing down the morally bankrupt path of embracing House Republicans who are white supremacists and conspiracy theorists, but attacking Liz Cheney for telling the truth and standing for the Constitution,’ Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler told the NYT.

Other Republicans are backing Cheney, including former President George W. Bush and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. 

Trump has endorsed Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman in the GOP primary against Cheney. 

‘Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney,’ Trump said in September when he announced his support for Hageman.

Cheney, meanwhile, got in a troll at Trump with Bush’s endorsement. ‘I like Republican presidents who win re-election,’ she wrote on a Twitter with a picture of Bush. Trump famously criticized the late John McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War, saying ‘I like people who weren’t captured.’ 

She is campaigning hard and brought in an impressive fundraising total last quarter: $1.9 million – a large haul for a House race in a safe Republican seat.

She also was profiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes in September, where she explained her impeachment vote.  

‘There’s a difference between voting for Donald Trump, and being the Republican leader after an insurrection, and setting all of that aside and rehabilitating him – bringing him back in,’ she said. ‘That, to me, is unforgivable.’ 

She said her re-election bid is ‘going to be the most important House race in the country in 2022.’

Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy together at Mar-a-Lago; McCarthy is hcounting on Trump supporters to help Republicans win control of the House in 2022 midterms

Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy together at Mar-a-Lago; McCarthy is hcounting on Trump supporters to help Republicans win control of the House in 2022 midterms

Donald Trump endorsed Harriet Hageman to replace Liz Cheney in GOP primary; Hagemanwas once close to the Cheney family and helped Rep. Liz Cheney (above with Hageman) in her political career

Donald Trump endorsed Harriet Hageman to replace Liz Cheney in GOP primary; Hagemanwas once close to the Cheney family and helped Rep. Liz Cheney (above with Hageman) in her political career

Hageman, a failed Republican gubernatorial candidate, helped Cheney in her short-term exploration of a Wyoming Senate seat. She was close to both the congresswoman and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney. 

In that 2018 gubernatorial race, Trump endorsed her primary opponent billionaire Foster Friess, who died in May. But the winner was Mark Gordon, the former state treasurer who is now governor.

Hageman is a fourth-generation Wyoming resident who grew up on a ranch. She works as a land-use attorney in a state where land is a political issue. She made her name in the state by fighting environmentalists and government regulations.

She said in the announcement of her campaign that she was running against Cheney because ‘she betrayed Wyoming, betrayed the country and she betrayed me.’



Source link

Spread the love

Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

A technology enthusiast and a passionate writer in the field of information technology, cyber security, and blockchain

‘Needle Spiking’ of Women in Britain Stirs Alarm Over New Kind of Assault

US TV actor Peter Scolari dies aged 66