GOP House members should vote for a proven conservative, not a RINO
The Republican Conference of the U.S. House of Representatives voted on May 12 to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) from her leadership position. Cheney's removal stems from House GOP members' claims that she lacked the leadership ability to advance a conservative message on election reform and for her vocal criticism of and vote to impeach former President Donald J. Trump.
Now that this high-level, GOP leadership position is open, who will Republican members of Congress support to fill that slot? Will they choose a proven conservative or a swamp R.I.N.O.?
Take action now: Urge your GOP member of Congress to support a party candidate who has a proven, conservative voting record on fiscal and social issues.
Current GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) endorsed moderate-liberal Republican Elise Stefanik of New York. McCarthy has rushed the election process to fill the leadership vacancy, leaving little time for other House members to consider a run for the position. This rushed election, scheduled for Friday morning or just two days after the ousting of Cheney, occurs as McCarthy denied a request for delay from members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas) sent a letter to his fellow GOP members of Congress raising the alarm about having Stefanik in a position of leadership. Roy said, "With all due respect to my friend, Elise Stefanik, let us contemplate the message Republican leadership is about to send by rushing to coronate a spokesperson whose voting record embodies much of what led to the 2018 [shellacking] we received by Democrats."
Congressman Roy also included in his letter Congresswoman Stefanik's problematic voting record:
- Voted against President Trump's signature "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017;"
- Voted repeatedly to undermine President Trump's border security agenda:
- Voted for HJ Res 46 to end Trump's emergency declaration to fund the wall;
- Voted for SJ Res 54 to override President Trump's funding of the wall;
- Co-sponsored permanent status for so-called "Dreamers" without any badly needed border security to stem the tide of the crisis;
- Voted for HR 271 to condemn President Trump for the lawsuit fighting the unconstitutionality of ObamaCare;
- Voted for an amendment to HR 2500 to override President Trump's transgender policy in the military;
- Voted initially for HR 5 – Equality Act – but subsequently flipped and voted against it;
- Voted for HR 9, the Climate Action Now Act, to force America to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement;
- Voted for HR 205 to ban drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico;
- Voted for HR 8015 – Delivering for America Act – playing into the Democrat Party's conspiracy theory that President Trump was trying to destroy the U.S. Post Office.
Congressman Roy also said, "There are many other concerning votes and positions, including the use of unconstitutional proxy voting." Stefanik's lifetime voting record demonstrates she is more in alignment with Democrats than the GOP House Conference agenda. The GOP Conference describes itself in this statement: "In contrast to House Democrats, who are embracing socialism, and pushing radical, far-left policies, we're fighting to keep America safe, prosperous and free. That's why it's more important than ever to stand up for our values, and we appreciate your support." Again, Stefanik's record shows she is outside the core values of the House GOP Conference.
Other names have surfaced as potential candidates for the leadership position: Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), who also serves as Vice Chair of the GOP House Conference, and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas). These Republicans have a proven, conservative track record on moral and fiscal issues. Either one of them, or someone like them, would be a better choice than Stefanik.
Take action now and urge your GOP member of Congress to support a party candidate who has a proven, conservative voting record on fiscal and social issues.