On the eve of an expected vote to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her leadership post, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Austin) cautioned that U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the consensus candidate to replace her, is not conservative enough.

“We must avoid putting in charge Republicans who campaign as Republicans but then vote for and advance the Democrats’ agenda once sworn in,” Roy said in a memo to colleagues (PDF). Roy was one of seven Texas Republicans who voted to accept Arizona’s electoral votes for Joe Biden, and he initially defended Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump over the January 6 insurrection as a vote of conscience. []

Roy said his decision to recall Cheney is “about her general failure to lead the conference … on a path forward to restore election integrity,” and not because of her position on the 2020 election. “This is the kind of unified ‘election’ message that Liz unfortunately did not develop [and] that we should embrace now.”

Roy’s reasoning notwithstanding, Cheney is arguably being removed as the No. 3 Republican in the House for insisting that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen from President Trump.

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