The ongoing battle between House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) escalated on Thursday as the Wyoming lawmaker's office blasted California Republican in The New York Times.
"A prominent Washington lobbyist close to Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, is warning Republican political consultants that they must choose between working for Representative Liz Cheney or Mr. McCarthy, an ultimatum that marks the full rupture between the two House Republicans," Jonathan Martin reported for the newspaper. "Jeff Miller, the lobbyist and a confidant of Mr. McCarthy's dating to their youthful days in California politics, has conveyed this us-or-her message to Republican strategists in recent weeks, prompting one fund-raising firm to disassociate itself from Ms. Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming."
A fundraising firm, The Morning Group, reportedly informed Cheney last month they could no longer work for her.
"Mr. Miller's warnings illustrate the disintegration of the relationship between the two lawmakers, who began this year serving together in the House Republican leadership. They also underline Mr. McCarthy's willingness to wield his leadership position to undercut Ms. Cheney's re-election and head off an impediment to his claiming the speakership, should Republicans win a House majority next year. Were Ms. Cheney to return to Congress, she would loom as a potential instigator of any effort to block Mr. McCarthy from leading their party in the House," the newspaper noted.
Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler blasted McCarthy for trying to cancel Cheney while allowing extremists in the caucus.
"It's sad but not surprising that Kevin McCarthy is continuing down the morally bankrupt path of embracing House Republicans who are white supremacists and conspiracy theorists, but attacking Liz Cheney for telling the truth and standing for the Constitution," Alder said.