That’s the word from the National Republican Campaign Committee …
This signal’s in another place that the Trump control of the establishment of the Grand ole’ Party IS waning…
Republicans, bit by bit, are moving ahead politically…
Rep. Darin LaHood, a vocal ally of Donald Trump, said Thursday that the campaign arm of House Republicans won’t seek to punish members of the conference who supported impeaching the former president.
The Illinois Republican was named finance chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday, just as the organization unveiled its strategy for retaking the House after the party made a surprisingly strong showing in the 2020 election.
Capturing the chamber in 2022, LaHood said in a phone interview, is a prize worth more than threatening to starve fellow Republicans of precious campaign cash.
“If we are going to become the majority party — which I think we will — you’ve got to accept that we’re a big tent,” LaHood said, adding that Republicans in Peoria, Ill., are different than those in Florida, New York or California. “I have tried to take that philosophy and that attitude of that’s how we’ll become the majority party.”
He added: “I look at our freshman class that just came in, and that diversity is what we have to build off.”
Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and eight other House Republicans who broke with their party last month to support Trump’s second impeachment have faced rebukes from their own ranks and censure from stateparty officials. The GOP embrace of — or distance from — Trump has created a national schism for the party. But LaHood, who got Trump’s endorsement last fall but avoided criticizing his House colleagues, has compartmentalized that.
LaHood didn’t directly address the divide over Trump inside the party, but he acknowledged, “there’s a lot at stake.”
Republicans are just a handful of seats away from controlling the House, and when asked if the NRCC would fund reelection campaigns of the 10 Republicans who voted for impeachment, LaHood said “absolutely.”
He said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and NRCC Chair Tom Emmer asked him to step into the role, “and I’m proud to be working with both of them and the rest of our team, including [Reps.] Liz Cheney and Steve Scalise.”….