Chip Roy backs Elise Stefanik, says GOP must 'move forward' after conference chair loss

Roy, R-Ariz., was always an extreme longshot to win the conference chair position. He announced his intention to run for the third-ranking post in the House Republican Conference this week only after members had already ousted Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., for her repeated condemnations of former Presidente Trump.

By that time, Stefanik, R-N.Y., was backed by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and perhaps most notably Trump himself.

I extend my sincere congratulations to my friend and colleague, Elise Stefanik,” Roy said in a statement. “As I said from the beginning, our goal was to provide an alternative with a proven record of standing up not for politicians — but for freedom, the Constitution, and the conservative principles Americans hold dear.

rappresentante. Chip Roy, R-Texas, sinistra, listens during the House Oversight and Reform Committee markup of a resolution authorizing issuance of subpoenas related to security clearances and the 2020 Census on Tuesday, aprile 2, 2019. Roy lost an election to be the next House Republican Conference chair to Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

rappresentante. Chip Roy, R-Texas, sinistra, listens during the House Oversight and Reform Committee markup of a resolution authorizing issuance of subpoenas related to security clearances and the 2020 Census on Tuesday, aprile 2, 2019. Roy lost an election to be the next House Republican Conference chair to Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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