Republican campaign consultants, with an eye on the 2022 midterm elections, are worried that New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik's elevation to a GOP leadership spot -- and her close allegiance to Donald Trump -- will make their job harder as they try to make the next election about Republican policies and not the man who just lost them the White House and the Senate.
According to a report in the Washington Examiner, elements within the Republican Party are eyeing the midterms believing they can -- at the very least regain the House -- while also worrying about Donald Trump's plans to insert himself into the election.
With Stefanik in a high-profile spot, they worry she will be handing Democrats a weapon with her unwavering support of the former president.
According to the report, "Stefanik was elected in large part because she is viewed as an effective television communicator who is a team player with good message discipline. These characteristics are viewed as assets as the GOP seeks to wipe out narrow Democratic majorities to win back control of Congress in next year's midterm elections."
However, the Examiner notes, she comes with a major downside.
"But the clear political upside of Stefanik's embrace of Trump, who has continued to claim the 2020 election was rigged against him or even stolen, has opened up obvious lines of attack for Democrats. It also raises questions about whether internal GOP pushback against what Trump is saying, which could serve to keep Stefanik and company talking about Trump," the report continues.
According to one GOP consultant, "They'll need to be very savvy in how they deal with this. The press will try to bait them into talking about Trump as much as Liz Cheney, just from the opposite direction."
Another GOP consultant was more candid about his fears.
"Democrats want the 2022 elections to be about Trump," he explained before lamenting. "We don't, or at least shouldn't."
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According to The Daily Beast, Lander County, Nevada is under fire for purchasing a $2,500 lifetime membership for the county in an extremist group that has ties to the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
"A former mining boom community in the Nevada desert, Lander County is the rural home to fewer than 10,000 residents," reported Kelly Weill. "But after a 4-1 vote by its board of commissioners, it's the first in the nation with a dubious distinction: Lander will become a county-level member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, a right-wing group that promotes sheriffs as the last bastion of freedom and safety in Joe Biden's America."
According to the report, the membership will give residents lapel pins, a plaque, and a celebration event featuring Simone Gold, "a hydroxychloroquine-hyping doctor who is currently facing charges for allegedly entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot." Gold, who practices in California, was caught on video inside the Capitol during the attack.
CPSOA also has ties to Joe Arpaio, the infamous former Maricopa County sheriff who kept prisoners in scorching hot desert tent camps and was pardoned by former President Donald Trump from contempt of court charges stemming from racial profiling incidents.
Some residents and county officials are angry about the decision.
"I don't know why the county's joining organizations," said county Democratic Party chair Claudio Cardosa. "That should be left up to individuals, not counties. We've got that much money we can just join associations, right or left?"
Marjorie Taylor Greene is in Congress for 'all the wrong reasons' — and both Republicans and Democrats have an aversion to her
On Saturday, Business Insider profiled how conspiracy theory-loving, pro-Trump Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has become reviled not just by Democrats, but by a number of Republicans as well.
Greene, according to the report, has become a kind of "Voldemort" of Congress — in that nobody wants to speak her name.
"Greene only burnished her reputation as a Capitol Hill rabble-rouser after she aggressively confronted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just off the House floor Wednesday afternoon and was overheard by reporters berating the New York Democrat for pursuing 'radical socialism,'" said the report. "Even some of Greene's GOP colleagues shied away from answering questions about that interaction. For their part, Democrats sounded like they were flabbergasted. 'I was relieved before this,' Rep. John Yarmuth, who as chairman of the House Budget Committee would have had to work with Greene had she not lost her work assignments, told Insider. 'As far as I can tell, she's here for all the wrong reasons. She is here just to make a show of herself. She's here for the theater.'"
With no committee assignments and no ability to influence legislation, one of Greene's only tactics to get noticed are to repeatedly force votes to adjourn Congress during the middle of business — something even Republicans are frustrated about.
Per the report, Republicans are also fleeing questions about Greene's behavior — even some of the far-right freshmen who were elected alongside her last year.
"Rep. Michael Burgess, a Republican of Texas, told Insider he had not seen any news articles about it," said the report. "When asked about what he thought of not being able to work with Greene on the House Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a Republican of North Carolina, said this week that he did not take questions from reporters in the halls of Capitol Hill."
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