U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) continues to face backlash from within her own party and likely faces a vote in the near future to oust her from her leadership position on Capitol Hill.
In response to that speculation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sought to capitalize on the GOP infighting by releasing a statement in the form of a mock “Help Wanted” posting suggesting the Republican Party seeks a less threatening female to replace Cheney.
“A girlfriend for the wrong team”
Pelosi’s team did not hold back in its rhetoric, proclaiming that Republicans are dumping the Wyoming Republican because “she’s like a girlfriend for the wrong team,” going on to pepper the statement with a variety of insults.
“Word is out that House GOP Leaders are looking to push Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as House Republican Conference Chair – their most senior woman in GOP leadership – for a litany of very Republican reasons: she won’t lie, she isn’t humble enough, she’s like a girlfriend rooting for the wrong team, and more,” the statement continued.
Referencing a report suggesting that Republican leaders “want a woman who isn’t a ‘threat’ to them,” Pelosi’s team went on to include a screenshot of the related Punchbowl News snippet.
The outlet further suggested that the GOP will likely face pressure to select a female replacement for Cheney should she ultimately be stripped of her post as the party’s conference chair.
Although House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had been tight-lipped about the intraparty feud, he was caught on a hot mic during a recent Fox News Channel appearance harshly criticizing his colleague.
“I’ve lost confidence”
“I think she’s got real problems,” he reportedly said in reference to Cheney. “I’ve had it with — I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence.”
He went on to apparently respond to a question that could not be heard on the resulting audio, suggesting that it is only a matter of time before his party votes on the Wyoming Republican’s future on the GOP leadership team.
“Well, someone just had to bring a motion, but I assume that will probably take place,” McCarthy said.
After publicly denouncing former President Donald Trump, many Republicans have determined that Cheney is no longer capable of serving as an effective voice for the party ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
One McCarthy ally described the situation in stark terms earlier this week, declaring: “There is no way that Liz will be conference chair by month’s end. When there is a vote, it won’t be a long conference; it will be fast. Everyone knows the outcome.”