Representative Chip Roy of Texas, a strident conservative, will run against Representative Elise Stefanik of New York for the No. 3 House Republican leadership position, a move of protest reflecting unhappiness among hard-right lawmakers with the congresswoman party leaders anointed to replace Representative Liz Cheney.
Mr. Roy’s decision, reported earlier by Politico and confirmed by two officials familiar with the plans, comes as the Texas Republican, a former chief of staff to Senator Ted Cruz, also of Texas, had vented frustration about what he cast as Ms. Stefanik’s insufficient conservative credentials and party leaders’ rush to install her shortly after deposing Ms. Cheney for her unwillingness to stay quiet about former President Donald J. Trump’s election lies.
Republicans are scheduled to meet Friday morning to select Ms. Cheney’s replacement as chair of the House Republican Conference.
With Mr. Trump and House Republicans’ top two leaders backing Ms. Stefanik’s bid, it is unlikely that Mr. Roy’s candidacy could derail her ascension to the No. 3 post. But it is a sign of the internal discord in the conference prompted by the decision among party leaders to depose Ms. Cheney for her repeated efforts to call out Mr. Trump’s repeated myth of a stolen election.
Mr. Roy had circulated a remarkable three-page broadside on Tuesday scrutinizing the voting record of Ms. Stefanik — who was named one of the most bipartisan members of Congress before morphing into a strident Trump ally — and arguing that top Republicans were racing to elevate a lawmaker who he said did not reflect “our conservative values.”
“We must avoid putting in charge Republicans who campaign as Republicans but then vote for and advance the Democrats’ agenda once sworn in,” Mr. Roy wrote.
Mr. Roy voted to certify President Biden’s electoral win in January, and led a group of conservatives in the House who released a lengthy statement arguing against the effort and casting the challenge to the election as an attempt to “unconstitutionally insert Congress into the center of the presidential election process” that would amount to “stealing power from the people and the states.”