U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney slammed a newspaper’s jab in a since-deleted blog about a fellow Republican congresswoman’s lack of children as sexist and despicable.
Cheney came to the defense of U.S. Rep. Elisa Stefanik, R-New York, over comments attributed to her in what one media report said was a work of fiction published as a blog by the Albany Times-Union.
“@EliseStefanik deserves praise for serving her constituents and our country,” Cheney wrote. “Our nation depends upon us to have civil policy debates without descending into heartless personal attacks.”
Stefanik issued a statement on Tuesday morning also criticizing the Albany Times-Union for the article.
“This shameful statement is not only inherently sexist, but also hateful, abusive and heartless,” Stefanik said, while also calling on the paper to retract the article and issue an apology to her.
While the blog has been deleted, Fox News said the newspaper labeled it as a work of fiction that described a visit by Stefanik to first-grade students at a public school.
According to the Fox account, the blog took a number of jabs at Stefanik for her positions on coronavirus and education before attributing a fictional quote to her in which she addressed the fact she has no children.
“I myself am childless because I am a rising star in the Republican Party, and family planning is possible by way of the contraception paid for by my excellent taxpayer-provided healthcare plan,” the blog quoted Stefanik as saying.
Last week, Cheney and Stefanik had been mentioned as possible foes following Cheney’s vote to impeach President Trump.
Washington, DC political media outlet “The Hill” said Stefanik was exploring a challenge to Cheney’s leadership position in the House and said there were reports of the lawmaker making phone calls to colleagues to test the waters.
That possibility was quickly squashed when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would not support efforts of some conservatives to oust Cheney from her leadership position.