Rep. Chip Roy lost his bid to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as House conference chair on Friday after House Republicans voted 134-46 in support of his rival Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY).
The bid for the open position follows the House Republican vote to remove Cheney from the No. 3 leadership position after she vocally rebuked former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and propagation of claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
Stefanik had won endorsements from top members of the Republican Party, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA) and former President Donald Trump.
Earlier this week, Roy criticized the party leaders’ rush to install Stefanik who he viewed as too liberal and described his decision to run as “a move of protest reflecting unhappiness among hard-right lawmakers.”
Trump, in a statement on Thursday, threw his support behind Stefanik, a staunch ally of the former president and denounced Roy in a scathing statement:
“Can’t imagine Republican House Members would go with Chip Roy—he has not done a great job, and will probably be successfully primaried in his own district.” Trump said in his press release. “I support Elise, by far, over Chip!”
Roy was among a small handful of Texas Republicans who voted against overturning the election in January. Trump’s criticism of the Roy may prove damaging, due to his district’s significant pro-Trump contingent.