Mitt Romney Claims Removing Liz Cheney Will “Cost” GOP

( Current Utah Senator and two-time unsuccessful presidential candidate Mitt Romney is coming to the defense of Congresswoman Liz Cheney while Republicans mull removing her from House Republican Conference leadership.

Romney tweeted Monday, “Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won’t gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few.”

That followed another statement Romney made last week in support of Cheney, saying, “Every person of conscience draws a line beyond which they will not go: Liz Cheney refuses to lie. As one of my Republican Senate colleagues said to me following my impeachment vote: “I wouldn’t want to be a member of a group that punished someone for following their conscience.””

Cheney has come under fire for her repeated slams of former President Trump, decrying his role in the storming of the Capitol on January 6 and condemning his statements about the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

Members of the House Republican caucus have called for Cheney to resign from her position as Conference chair, and a vote to eject her from the position is expected on Wednesday.

Congressman Chip Roy, who earlier backed Cheney against calls for her removal, reversed course in a memo to fellow Republicans saying that “she forfeited her ability to be our spokesperson by pulling us into distraction.”

Roy wrote not only to oppose Cheney, but also to direct his colleagues away from replacing Cheney with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, whose name has been put forward for the position by several members.

Roy pulled no punches saying, “We must avoid putting in charge Republicans who campaign as Republicans but then vote for and advance the Democrats’ agenda once sworn in.” He went on to encourage Republicans not to advance a candidate whose voting record led to the “2018 ass-kicking we received.”

He continued to say that it would be better than the position be left vacant rather than filled with someone who didn’t have the party’s values at heart. In conclusion, he said, “The future of our republic is at stake, and the message ‘better than radical Democrats’ will neither guarantee victory in 2022 nor win the minds and hearts of Americans to rally them to the cause of securing the blessings of liberty.”

Stefanik has taken criticism for her moderate stances in the past, including her vote against President Trump’s 2017 tax cut bill and opposition to border wall funding.

For his part, Senator Romney has not weighed in on whether Stefanik should replace Cheney in caucus leadership. Then again, maybe Romney isn’t the one Stefanik should seek support from.