Kevin McCarthy Puts Liz Cheney On Notice, Goes Public With GOP’s Concerns About Her Ability To Lead

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) put Liz Cheney on notice this morning amid growing calls for her to lose her job in GOP leadership. Multiple media reports have claimed Cheney’s days in leadership will come to an abrupt end. Some reports say she will be ousted as soon as the end of the month.

McCarthy confirmed the rumors that the GOP members are not happy with Cheney although he did not say she would be removed. He went on “Fox & Friends” to confirm there is indeed a push to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from GOP leadership, but said it was not over her vote to impeach Trump but rather her inability to stay on message.

Kevin said: “No, there’s no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made. I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair, to carry out the message. 

“We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority.

“I haven’t heard members concerned about her vote on impeachment. It’s more concerned about the job ability to do and what’s our best step forward that we can all work together instead of attacking one another.”

Cheney was able to keep her job in leadership when she won what was not a close vote but times have changed and so have the number of GOP members who want her removed.

According to one report, they have already started discussing who will replace her with Elise Stefanik being just one GOP Rep under consideration.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) heads a powerful conservative caucus in the House. He said her constant criticisms of Trump are “an unwelcome distraction.”

From Axios:

House Republicans are moving closer to ousting Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership, and are already considering replacements — including Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), congressional aides tell Axios.

What we’re hearing: Most members recognize Cheney can’t be succeeded by a white man, given their top two leaders — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) — fill that demographic.

Selling such a team in a midterm year would compound the GOP’s challenges with suburban women.

The conference meets next Wednesday, May 12. Most members expect the process to oust Cheney to begin then, whether formally or informally, after some of McCarthy’s top lieutenants broadened their complaints against her.