Colorado’s Republican delegation was split on Wednesday’s ouster of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as chair of the GOP House Conference — a position tasked with leading the party’s messaging — because of her repeated criticisms of former President Trump.
Cheney was removed from the leadership position by voice vote.
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck voted for her to stay, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert voted for her to go.
Buck defended Cheney after the conference meeting for speaking her mind and disagreeing with former President Trump on the integrity of the 2020 vote.
It’s important to note Buck worked for her father, Dick Cheney, when he served in Congress.
To the surprise of no one, Boebert insisted it was time for Cheney to move on.
Liz Cheney’s using her talking points to audition for a job as a CNN commentator.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) May 12, 2021
That accurately sums up Cheney’s behavior for the past several months.
Buck is correct that Cheney has every right to speak her own mind as a congresswoman.
The problem is, Cheney was also elected to be the mouthpiece for the Republican conference, and failed miserably in that job every time she ran off the rails and ranted about Trump to the media and Democrats’ delight.
Democrats and the media have been clutching their pearls and falling to the feinting couches all day over what they perceive as a wrong done to the woman from Wyoming.
Every American should listen to @RepLizCheney’s speech.
She is right.
The election was not stolen. America has not failed.
And her decision to choose country over party will be applauded for years to come. https://t.co/gPH1nJtnXt
— Rep. Joe Neguse (@RepJoeNeguse) May 12, 2021
And that right there is the very reason Cheney could no longer serve as the messenger of the Republican conference — her talking points are embraced by the Democrats, instead of the Republican lawmakers who elected her.