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Congressman Bacon responds to GOP’s ousting of Rep. Cheney from leadership post

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 3:50 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Republican Congressman Don Bacon, who represents Nebraska’s 2nd District, responded Wednesday to the GOP’s ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney as House Conference Chair.

Meeting behind closed doors, GOP lawmakers needed less than 20 minutes and a voice vote to remove the Wyoming congresswoman from her job as their No. 3 House leader.

After the vote, 6 News asked Bacon how he voted, and in a statement he avoided the question, but said Cheney had a right to speak her mind but believes that House Republican leaders also needed to be “united on messaging and vision.”

6 News also reached out to Nebraska Representatives Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith, as well as Iowa’s Randy Feenstra, but did not receive responses.

UNO associate professor of political science Gregory Petrow says our elected politicians should be clear and open when it comes to situations like these.

“I think they do, I think representatives do have an obligation to disclose to the public how they vote when it’s on a high profile issue,” he says. “People should care about how our representative indicates how they voted and also how our representative comes down on this issue of was the election stolen or not, like, was there a big lie, because this is the future of our democracy at stake.”

He says the move to remove Cheney from Republican House leadership indicates how the party is changing.

“The main thing republicans need to do to retake the house in the next election is simply get out of their own way. History really suggests that republicans will win the next election but what they’re afraid of is if there’s division in their messaging, that might undercut that,” Petrow tells 6 News.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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