This week Republican members of Congress return to Washington DC to meet and potentially vote to remove Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership position within their caucus. This vote will follow former President Donald Trump’s repeated false claim that the election was fraudulent and stolen, and Liz Cheney’s repudiation of the Big Lie. Today, Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association (IDCCA) President Kristina Zahorik issued the following statement:
“Which path will Rodney Davis, Mary Miller, Darrin LaHood, and Mike Bost take? The path of falsehoods and subversion, and vote to oust Liz Cheney from Republican leadership because she stands up to Trump and his big lie? Or the path of truth and Democracy, and defy their leaders who claim to have ‘lost confidence’ in conservative Liz Cheney.”
“Many of these Illinois Republicans have previously joined Donald Trump and conspiracists in casting doubt on our election, and as early as this Wednesday they will vote in secret to dump ultra-conservative Liz Cheney because she won’t parrot the lie that the election was stolen. If Davis, Miller, LaHood, and Bost truly believe in fair and transparent elections, they can do the bare minimum of telling the public how they intend to vote.”
In December 2020 Congressmen Darrin LaHood and Mike Bost joined 104 of their House Republicans in filing an amicus brief to overturn election results in four other states. In January 2021, Congress members Mary Miller and Mike Bost voted to object to counting Electoral College votes for the States of Arizona & Pennsylvania.
Lynn Sweet in the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Mary Miller has pledged to vote against Cheney. Kinzinger said he would retain. LaHood and Davis have avoided answering the question publicly.
Liz Cheney continues to refute Donald Trump’s claim that the election was stolen, and credits him with inciting the insurrection at the nation’s Capitol on January 6, 2021. Now, Washington Republicans are planning to remove her from her leadership post.
Does anyone else find it odd that the county chairs association is stepping up on an issue that would, in a normal state, be more of a state party function?