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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is too “far left” a choice to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as House GOP conference chair, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) told the Todd Starnes Radio Show Monday.
The founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus was reacting to the push, including former President Trump, to have the New York moderate be the replacement for the number three House Republican.
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“I know Elise Stefanik pretty well. She’s a very nice lady. She’s a very intelligent lady. And she’s about as far left wing as you can get in a Republican conference,” Brooks told host Todd Starnes. “I’m not confidant that that is the kind of voting record that you want as the chair of the Republican conference.”
Brooks said he would prefer someone in GOP leadership who would support strong border security and for someone who would defend strong moral values.
Brooks is calling on Republican leadership to give potential candidates more time to decide on a replacement instead of a “rush-through process.”
“My personal preference is that we don’t rush to judgment, but rather we have a delay,” he said. “Personally, I’d prefer that we have the most conservative member that we can get elected to that position, but we may not have that opportunity if everything is rushed through.”
Trump, on Monday, renewed his endorsement for Stefanik over “warmonger” Cheney.
“We need someone in Leadership who has experience flipping districts from Blue to Red as we approach the important 2022 midterms, and that’s Elise!” Trump said in a statement. “She knows how to win, which is what we need!”
Caleb Parke is a senior correspondent for the ‘Todd Starnes Show.’ Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and connect with him at calebparke.com.