Asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about his thoughts on Representative Elise Stefanik, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump who is emerging as the top contender to potentially replace Representative Liz Cheney as the party’s leadership, McCain said in part: “We need to be careful.”
“There is no point in simply ousting someone who is really a good representative of the party,” said McCain, an establishment Republican and staunch critic of Trump.
McCain’s comments come as Cheney faces backlash from much of her party to the ongoing standoff between the Wyoming Republican and the former president as she called out his lies about the election of 2020. Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy claimed Cheney failed to do his job in leading the party message to take back the majority, with a hot mic on Tuesday catching him saying, “I had it with her. “
Stefanik, a Republican from New York, is working behind the scenes to lock in enough support to replace Cheney as No.3 in the GOP leadership, multiple Republican sources told CNN on Tuesday, moving quickly to clear the field for access. to the powerful position.
So far, no challenger to Stefanik has emerged – and at least two potential candidates have indicated that they will not come up with offers, increasing the likelihood that she will occupy the influential position.
Members of the House GOP leadership quietly support Stefanik’s rise to the post, the sources said, a rapid development of events amid Cheney’s bitter feud with Trump, which has left her growing. isolated to the House GOP conference.
McCain also reiterated on Tuesday his willingness to serve in the Biden administration should the opportunity arise.
“I would serve in any capacity if the president asked me to do it, yes I would,” she told Cuomo when asked if she would consider taking a position if the administration offered him one.