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Texas Rep. Chip Roy considering run against Elise Stefanik for House leadership: report

Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy is reportedly mulling a run against New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R) to replace Liz Cheney as House Republican Conference Chair following Cheney’s ouster.

What are the details?

The Daily Caller first reported that according to two sources, Roy is considering throwing his hat in the ring against Stefanik for the No. 3 position in House GOP leadership.

When reached for comment on the prospect, Roy’s office told the outlet, “While not ruling anything out, Congressman Roy has never sought a position in conference leadership. His focus is on serving Texas’ 21st Congressional district … But if the position must be filled, then this must be a contested race — not a coronation.”

Cheney was ousted from leadership Wednesday in a voice vote, over her continued vocal opposition to Republicans supporting former President Donald Trump, after she voted to impeach him for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

Stefanik has been widely floated as a replacement for Cheney, and Trump himself issued a statement endorsing her.

But on Tuesday, Roy sent a letter to all House GOP members urging them to pick someone other than Stefanik for the role, citing her “liberal” voting record .

He wrote to his colleagues, “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 a**-kicking we received by Democrats.”

The congressman also said in his letter that he would vote to recall Cheney.

Roy has voted 90% of the time in favor of Trump’s positions, compared to Cheney’s 65% and Stefanik’s 35%.

Anything else?

Meanwhile, Cheney remains defiant after being booted from leadership.

She told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie following the vote that she intends to be “one of the leaders in a fight to help restore” the Republican Party, “in a fight to bring our party back to substance and principles.”

When Guthrie noted that Trump’s allies were actively seeking to find a primary challenger to oust her from Congress entirely, Cheney replied, “Bring it on.”

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