Trump Backs Stefanik for House GOP Chair (Newsmax)
By Nicole Wells | Tuesday, 08 November 2022 06:44 PM EST
Former President Donald Trump said Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., has his support for another term as chair of the House Republican Conference.
On the eve of the election, Trump reportedly told Fox News, “I think she’s fantastic.”
While Stefanik is favored to win the conference chair position, she faces a challenge from Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., according to The Hill. Donalds threw his hat in the ring for the position when Stefanik was reportedly considering running for the No. 3 spot of House majority whip, which would be available if the GOP regains control of the House.
If Republicans make the sweeping gains predicted, current House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., will likely advance to the No. 2 position of majority leader. According to The Hill, he faces no competition for the post.
“I am proud to earn the support of my good friend President Trump for House Republican Conference Chair,” Stefanik said in a statement. “Over the past two years, we have unified House Republicans around President Trump’s America First agenda. There has been no greater partner than President Trump in helping House Republicans as we flip the House red tonight to save America.”
House Republicans are slated to vote on their leadership in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 15, coinciding with Trump’s long-awaited “very big announcement,” as speculation mounts that he will launch a 2024 bid for the presidency.
Stefanik said, “I will continue working with President Trump to save America from the disastrous one-party Democrat rule. I am looking forward to his big announcement next week, he has my full support in 2024.”