Asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about her thoughts on repressive Elise Stefanick, a vocal defender of former President Donald Trump who is emerging as a major contender for a potential replacement for Republican Liz Cheney, McCain said in part: “We need to be careful . ”
“It’s not good for us to just kick out someone who’s a really good party representative,” said McCain, a Republican president and a staunch critic of Trump.
7;s comments come as Cheney faces a backlash from much of her party over the Republican’s ongoing clash in Wyoming with the former president as she called out his lies about the 2020 election. Republican leader Kevin McCarthy claims that Cheney failed to do her job, triggering the party’s message to take back the majority, with a hot microphone on Tuesday that caught him saying, “I have it with her.”
Stefanic, a New York Republican, is working behind the scenes to block enough support to replace Cheney as No. 3 in the GOP leadership, a number of Republican sources told CNN on Tuesday, moving quickly to clear the field to rise to the powerful position.
So far, no candidate has emerged for Stefanik – and at least two potential candidates have indicated they will not submit bids, increasing her likelihood of taking an influential position.
Members of Parliament’s leadership have quietly backed Stefanik’s rise to power, sources said, a quick turn of events amid Cheney’s fierce feud with Trump, which has made her increasingly isolated in the House of Representatives Conference.
On Tuesday, McCain also reaffirmed his readiness to serve in the Biden administration if the opportunity arises.
“I would serve in any capacity if the president had to ask me to do so, yes, I would,” she told Cuomo when asked if she would consider taking a position if offered by the administration.