Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah on Monday predicted that removing Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position as the House Republican Conference chair will cost the party voters and lead to election losses in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 general elections.
“Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won’t gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few,” Romney posted on Twitter.
Romney’s comments in support of Cheney come ahead of a vote on Wednesday by the GOP caucus in which she is expected to be ousted from her post after surviving a similar showdown in February. Republican leaders have become increasingly disenchanted with Cheney over her pushback on the party’s strategy to focus on working-class voters under an ‘America First’ platform championed by former President Donald Trump.
Earlier this month ahead of a Fox News interview, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was overheard on a hot mic expressing his frustration with the Wyoming Republican.
“I think she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with … I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence. Well, someone just has to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,” he said.
And on Monday, The Hill reports, McCarthy made clear he supported the Wednesday vote and removing Cheney from the party’s No. 3 position in the House.