Republicans on Wednesday heaped praise on Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) for providing leadership and stability during 22 days of intense speaking engagements at the Capitol.
Amid the chaos and confusion, Stefanik, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House, remained on the sidelines of the race for speakership, holding meetings and announcing support for candidates. She gave an enthusiastic candidate speech on the House floor for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and doubled down on her efforts in the nomination speech for newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana). I doubled it. After the successful vote, she gave a welcome speech and appealed for unity on the steps of Parliament House.
Today is the day that House Republicans humbly turn to our hearts and elect Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House of Peoples.
Mike is our friend and colleague. He has dedicated his life to upholding the great American principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. he… pic.twitter.com/sOGZjgIXVZ
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 25, 2023
“Even in difficult circumstances, she avoided conflict and put the conference, the party and the country above other considerations,” said Rep. Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.). Said politiko Wednesday.
“If I were a potential candidate to run for speaker, Elise Stefanik would be the first person I would want on my side,” said former Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.) and Lawler. I was attuned to.
Alex DeGrasse, Stefanik’s senior adviser, told Breitbart News that Stefanik’s goal is to unify the conference through a fair process. “Speaker Stefanik has unified the House Republican Conference to select the next Speaker of the House, and is working with the Speaker pro tempore, candidates, and all members of the conference to carry out a fair and thorough process to select the next Speaker. I was focused on adjusting.”
DeGrasse also praised Johnson as a “servant leader” who will work closely with him to break through President Joe Biden’s failed leadership. “Speaker Mike Johnson is the epitome of a servant leader who loves America. Chairman Stefanik will continue to work with Chairman Johnson and all members of the conference to rein in reckless spending, promote energy independence, and ensure strong oversight. “I look forward to countering Joe Biden’s disastrous policies of accountability.”
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Stefanik’s tact during the campaign underscores her focus on using her position as conference chair to defeat House Democrats in 2024 and win a majority in the next political cycle. It has a long-term goal.
“He’s just resisting a lot of competing temptations and doing his job well,” said Ed Cox, chairman of the New York Republican Party. politiko. “It earns you a lot of respect, and quiet respect is the coin of the House realm.”
House Republicans elected Stefanik as their 2021 conference chair. Former President Donald Trump supported Stefanik’s call for the conference after the two developed a strong relationship during the impeachment attempt of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Her rise was a big hit among populist Republicans who had distrusted her predecessor, Democratic ally Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a “warmonger” whom President Trump called her.
Stefanik quickly began raising money for House Republicans (one of her primary responsibilities), launching a PAC to support female House candidates, and activating media engagement. I set about doing that. Her efforts paid off. Republicans partially flipped four seats in New York state in 2022 to take back the House of Representatives, securing a narrow but important majority.
“As chair of the House Republican Conference, I am proud of all of our members’ hard work to deliver victories and results in Congress,” Stefanik told Breitbart News in August.