Republicans roundly applauded GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) on Wednesday for offering management and stability in the course of the hard-fought 22-day speakership battle on Capitol Hill.
During the dysfunction and confusion, Stefanik, the fourth highest rating House Republican, remained on the sidelines of the speakership race whereas organizing the convention with conferences and endorsements of nominees. She gave a rousing nominee speech on the House flooring for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and redoubled her effort in a nominating speech for newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA). After the profitable vote, she delivered a welcoming speech and urged unity on the Capitol steps.
Today is the day that House Republicans will humbly look in our hearts and elect Mike Johnson as Speaker of the People’s House.
Mike is our good friend and colleague. He has devoted his life to preserving America’s nice ideas of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He… pic.twitter.com/sOGZjgIXVZ
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) October 25, 2023
“In a difficult circumstance, she has stayed above the fray and put the conference, party and country ahead of other considerations,” Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) told Politico Wednesday.
“If I were a potential candidate running for the speakership, Elise Stefanik is the first person I would want on my side,” former congressman John Sweeney (R-NY) echoed Lawler.
Stefanik’s senior adviser, Alex DeGrasse, informed Breitbart News Stefanik’s aim was to unify the convention by operating a good course of. “Chairwoman Stefanik was laser-focused on unifying the House Republican Conference to elect the next Speaker of the House, coordinating with the Speaker Pro Tempore, our candidates, and every Member of the conference to run a fair and thorough process that elected our next speaker.”
DeGrasse additionally praised Johnson as a “servant leader” whom the New York congresswoman will work carefully with to defeat President Joe Biden’s failed management. “Speaker Mike Johnson is the epitome of a servant leader who loves America. Chairwoman Stefanik looks forward to working with Speaker Johnson and all Members of the Conference to go on offense against Joe Biden’s disastrous agenda: reining in reckless spending, promoting energy independence, and bringing accountability through strong oversight,” he stated.
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Stefanik’s tact in the course of the race highlights her deal with utilizing her convention chair place to trounce House Democrats in 2024, a long-term goal to win a larger majority come the subsequent political cycle.
“It’s resisting a lot of contrary temptations and just doing your job and doing it well,” New York Republican Party Chair Ed Cox informed Politico. “That gains you a lot of respect, and quiet respect is the coin of the realm in the House of Representatives.”
Republican House members elected Stefanik to convention chair in 2021. Former President Donald Trump endorsed her convention bid after the 2 developed a robust relationship throughout Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) impeachment makes an attempt. Her development was a mega hit amongst populist Republicans, who distrusted her predecessor, “warmonger” and Democrat-allied Liz Cheney (R-WY), as Trump dubbed her.
Stefanik instantly set to work by elevating cash for House Republicans — considered one of her main obligations — initiating a PAC to assist girls House candidates, and invigorating media engagement. Her efforts paid off. Republicans took again the House in 2022 by partly flipping 4 seats in New York State, securing a slim however necessary majority.
“As Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, I am proud of the hard work of all our Members to deliver legislative victories and results,” Stefanik informed Breitbart News in August.