For all intents and purposes, the GOP appears well on track to win back the House of Representatives in November.
Republicans only need a handful of seats to ensure victory. Meanwhile, GOP candidates throughout the country are making headway in districts that have either been toss-ups or solidly Democratic.
If Republicans take back control of the House, this will undoubtedly lead to a change in the current leadership.
Though in the case of the House Republican conference chair role, Republicans are already beginning to butt heads.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) currently holds the position of the third most powerful House Republican, as the House GOP conference chairwoman. Stefanik assumed this role after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was voted out of the position in 2021.
However, this time around, Stefanik is facing some competition. This week, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) announced that he’s campaigning to be House GOP conference chairman.
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) September 13, 2022
In announcing his candidacy for the position, Donalds said he’s the most suitable candidate to lead the House if Republicans win the chamber in November. Furthermore, the Florida GOP member said he’s excited to make his case to his colleagues and earn their votes.
Donalds’ statement did not make any direct mention of Stefanik or her leadership as the House GOP conference chairwoman.
This week, Stefanik made it clear that she has no intention of stepping down from her position. The New York Republican released a statement of her own, documenting her intentions to run for reelection.
In doing this, Stefanik cited her record as House GOP conference chairwoman, pointing out fundraising achievements and a track record of unifying the Republican Party amid trying times.
Stefanik also expressed that she’s looking forward to getting the support of her colleagues and securing another term.
Serving as Vice Chair of @HouseGOP alongside @RepStefanik has been one of the great highlights of my time in Congress. I look forward to continuing our work to retake the majority by promoting the GOP agenda, and I fully support her bid to serve another term as Conference Chair. https://t.co/iUzVfHMCpd
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) September 13, 2022
The House GOP conference chairwoman likewise refrained from making any mention of Donalds or his decision to challenge her for this position.
Thus far, Stefanik’s earned at least one endorsement with Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) saying he supports her efforts to remain in her current position.
The House Republican vice chair also expressed that he’s excited to continue working with Stefanik in uplifting the conservative movement.