Rep. Elise Stefanik, the Republican lawmaker from New York who went from a Paul Ryan acolyte to a fervent Donald Trump supporter as her political star rose, stated Tuesday she is passing on an opportunity to maneuver up the celebration management ladder.
Stefanik stated she’s going to search reelection to the submit of GOP convention chair, the fourth-ranking job within the celebration when it holds the bulk, as Republicans hope to do after the November midterms. By doing so, she turned down an opportunity to run for celebration whip, the third-ranking submit and a way more seen spot in management.
“For the subsequent 56 days, I’m laser-focused on working to make sure we earn a historic Republican Majority,” Stefanik stated in a statement. “I’m proud to have unified the complete Republican Convention round our nation in disaster message and shattered fundraising data as Home GOP Convention Chair elevating over $10M for candidates and committees this cycle.”
“With the broad help of NY21 and my Home GOP colleagues, I intend to run for Convention Chair within the subsequent Congress,” she stated.
Stefanik’s announcement may set off a domino impact within the whip race, which had been seen as a possible four-way contest between Stefanik; Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Drew Ferguson (Ga.); Rep. Tom Emmer (Minn.), chairman of the Nationwide Republican Marketing campaign Committee; and Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.), chairman of the Republican Examine Committee, the Home GOP’s greatest caucus group.
Stefanik’s absence from that race may carry some readability to the sphere. Whereas Republicans are cautious of showing too desperate to “measure the drapes” and be seen as overconfident about retaking Home management, candidates have possible been having quiet, backroom conversations with potential supporters to gauge their sentiments. Nonetheless, formal declarations previously have waited till the day after Election Day.
“With the broad help of NY21 and my Home GOP colleagues, I intend to run for Convention Chair within the subsequent Congress.”
– Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Home Republican convention chair
Stefanik, 38, rose to prominence as a former George W. Bush White Home coverage wonk. Later, she was in command of prepping former Home Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for his 2012 vice presidential debate. She was elected to Congress in 2014 and loved a repute as a reasonable, policy-savvy lawmaker.
However with Trump’s rise, Stefanik recalibrated her method, staking out a confrontational stance just like Trump’s and eventually echoing his lie that the 2020 election was rigged towards him. With Trump’s public endorsement, she easily won the race to interchange Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) because the convention chair in Could 2021.
Stefanik’s greater profile additionally introduced extra scrutiny, resulting in criticism when she initially blamed an infant formula shortage on “pedo grifters.” And her rhetoric on immigration prompted the editorial web page of the Albany Instances Union to surprise “how low” she could go.
However Stefanik didn’t shrink back from controversy, and neither did her highest-profile endorsement within the 2022 election cycle: Carl Paladino, who ran for a congressional seat in western New York state. Paladino lost his primary to a extra reasonable candidate.
Stefanik’s announcement got here solely hours after stories that Rep. Byron Donalds (Fla.) plans to formally announce Thursday that he’ll run for the convention chair place. Donalds is one among two Black lawmakers within the Home GOP convention.
Given Stefanik’s transient tenure thus far within the chair job ― just a bit over a yr ― and the overwhelming tally in her preliminary victory, she can be favored to maintain the submit. A senior Republican supply stated Stefanik had locked up key endorsements and people of many within the convention members in lower than an hour on Tuesday.
“And she or he hasn’t even hit the ground but,” the supply stated.