Comal County’s Democratic and Republican party leaders responded differently to today’s ouster of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from the House Republican Conference Chair, the third-ranking GOP position in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Cheney’s extraordinary removal for her criticism of former President Donald Trump’s insistence that the 2020 presidential election was rigged is an “omen” for the Republican party, Ty Fullerton, acting chair of the Comal Democratic Party, said in a statement.
Sue Piner, party chair of the Comal County Republican Party said Cheney no longer represents her party’s values and had to go.
She said the country needs elected Republicans who are in tune with the people who voted them into office.
“Liz Cheney does not reflect Republican values,” Piner said. “It is time to replace her with someone who represents our values.”
Fullerton said Cheney’s ouster firmly aligns Republican leadership with Trump’s “Big Lie.”
“The last person in leadership that was willing to stand up for the uncomfortable and inconvenient truth has been silenced and removed from their position,” he said. “Truth, facts and democracy are no longer important to the Republican party, only power. This is only the beginning of another dark chapter for our republic, but as long as there are people like Liz Cheney that put country before party, then I believe it is one we will weather.”
Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-73 and Sen. Dr. Donna Campbell, R-25, who represent Canyon Lake in the Texas legislature, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, who represents Canyon Lake in Texas’ 21st congressional district, said in an earlier memo to Republicans that he supports Cheney’s removal because she forfeited her ability to serve as a spokesperson for Republicans “by pulling us into distraction.”
In a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, Cheney, a Republican who represents Wyoming, said millions of Americans have been misled by the former president.
“They hear his words but not the truth.”
“This is not about policy,” she said. “This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar. I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence, while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”