Here's what Indiana GOP are saying about Rep. Liz Cheney's ouster from House leadership
The speech comes before House Republicans expecting to hold a vote Wednesday to strip Rep. Liz Cheney of her leadership position. USA TODAY
Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the state that Liz Cheney represents in Congress. She represents Wyoming. It also incorrectly listed a vote count. The tally of votes is not known.
House Republicans voted to remove Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post Wednesday after repeated criticisms of former President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud.
“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar. I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence,” Cheney said in a Tuesday evening speech on the floor of the House.
Members of her party have pushed back and called for her removal, saying she is distracting from the GOP’s efforts to win back the House in 2022.
As the GOP Conference chair, Cheney was the chamber’s third-ranking Republican in the House, behind House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. She was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the deadly, pro-Trump Capitol riot in January.
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It’s not immediately clear who voted for or against Cheney, due to the closed-door nature of the vote.
Here’s what Indiana Republicans had to say about Rep. Liz Cheney’s ouster from House leadership:
Rep. Jackie Walorski
2nd Congressional District
A spokesperson for Walorski did not respond to request for comment.
Rep. Jim Banks
3rd Congressional District; chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the chamber’s largest GOP caucus.
Banks voted against Cheney, and a spokesperson did not offer further comment. Last week, Banks told Fort Wayne radio station WOWO he would vote against Cheney, saying “she’s out of tune” with the rest of the party. On a “Fox News Sunday” appearance this week, Banks said that Cheney had “failed in her mission” and that her repeated rebukes of Trump have been a “distraction” from the party’s mission and efforts to counter President Biden’s agenda.
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Rep. James Baird
4th Congressional District
In a statement to IndyStar, Baird said: “We should be focused on stopping President Biden and his radical agenda. Our efforts must be unified to continue providing solutions toward the growing problems our nation faces: the crisis along our southern border, rising inflation, gas shortages, and the turmoil in the Middle East, all exacerbated by the policies from President Biden and Democrats in Congress.”
Rep. Victoria Spartz
5th Congressional District
Through a spokesperson, Spartz declined to comment.
Rep. Greg Pence
6th Congressional District
A spokesperson for Pence did not respond to request for comment.
Rep. Larry Bucshon
8th Congressional District
A spokesperson for Bucshon did not respond to request for comment.
Rep. Trey Hollingsworth
9th Congressional District
A spokesperson for Hollingsworth did not respond to request for comment.
Sen. Todd Young
A spokesperson for Young declined to comment.
Sen. Mike Braun
Braun spoke to NewsMax Wednesday morning, saying Cheney was “clearly not the messenger” for the party.
“You cannot have the person in your conference that’s supposed to articulate your message talking about this kind of stuff,” Braun said, in a portion of his appearance. “This kind of stuff is not the right way to message the new conservatism that we need to build: upon faith, family, community, small government.”
Indiana Democrat response
Drew Anderson, spokesman of the Indiana Democratic Party, released the following statement:
“What happened to Congresswoman Liz Cheney today is happening in Indiana and in neighborhoods across the country. The Indiana Republican Party and politicians like Congressman Jim Banks have become so extreme with their partisanship that the litmus test is now solely focused on one thing: appeasing a one-term, unpopular former president. This kind of allegiance is that of a fan club, not a political party, and it’ll do nothing to solve the toughest issues facing Hoosier families — like putting COVID-19 in the rearview mirror. In contrast, Democrats got to work by passing the American Rescue Plan, and we look forward to delivering more common-sense solutions to communities across Indiana.”
This story will be updated if IndyStar hears from more members of Congress.
USA TODAY contributed to this story.
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Published at Thu, 13 May 2021 00:07:55 +0000