The Chair of the Wyoming Republican Party says he’s heard “indirectly” that U.S. House Republicans were waiting for support from the Republican National Committee (RNC) before taking more aggressive actions against fellow Republicans, like Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who criticized Trump, participated in a House investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection, or spoke out on other matters.
Those unnamed House Republicans got the support they wanted last week, said Wyoming GOP chair Frank Eathorne in a radio interview Saturday, when the RNC formally censured U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
Asked on the radio why the RNC didn’t move ahead with its initial resolution to call on U.S. House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to expel Cheney and Kinzinger from the Republican House caucus, Eathorne said on air he was convinced the censure vote made more sense strategically because it’s what House Republicans “were waiting for.”
“From what I’ve heard indirectly from many members of Congress, they were waiting for some backing, waiting for support from the RNC,” Eathorne told KNUS host Randy Corporon Saturday. “Not necessarily a directive, but now we’ve given them a tool to work with so that they don’t have to continue tolerating members in their conference that are working directly against them.”
Eathorne didn’t return a call seeking to know which Republican House members were seeking the RNC vote to support efforts to expel Cheney and Kinzinger.
For his part, Corporon, who was elected by Colorado Republicans to sit on the Republican National Committee, has said the “RNC is an America-First RNC now.”
Listen to Eathorne here: