Stefanik fires back at incoming NRCC chairman: 'I wasn't asking for permission'

Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikGOP announces members who will serve on House intel panel Bipartisan House group introduces bills to stall Syria, South Korea troop withdrawals House votes on 10th bill to reopen government MORE (R-N.Y.) is firing back at the incoming chairman of the House GOP’s campaign arm, after he dismissed her calls to get involved in primary races to help more Republican women get elected to Congress.

“NEWSFLASH... I wasn’t asking for permission,” tweeted Stefanik, who led candidate recruitment efforts for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) this year.

Stefanik's tweet was in response to Rep. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 GOP maps out early 2020 strategy to retake House Steve King faces new storm over remarks about white supremacy MORE (R-Minn.), the newly elected NRCC chairman, telling Roll Call it would be a “mistake” for Stefanik to intervene in primaries next election cycle — long considered a taboo in the GOP.

“If that’s what Elise wants to do, then that’s her call, her right ... But I think that’s a mistake,” Emmer told the publication.

An aide emphasized that Emmer has the utmost respect for Stefanik and her mission to boost the party's female recruitment efforts.

The intraparty feud comes as House GOP women will significantly shrink their ranks next year, from 23 down to 13. That comes in stark contrast to House Democrats, who will see a record-breaking number of women serve in Congress following a midterm that has been dubbed the “year of the woman.”

The widening gender gap between the two parties has been a real source of pain and frustration for Republican women, and particularly Stefanik, until this year the youngest female member ever elected to Congress and a rising GOP star.  

Stefanik, 34, was credited with doubling the number of female candidates who were recruited to run for congressional seats this year. But only one woman — Rep.-elect Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerDem Richard Ojeda drops out of presidential race Elise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 GOP maps out early 2020 strategy to retake House MORE (R-W.Va.) — won her race.

“I will continue speaking out abt the crisis level of GOP women in Congress & will try to lead and change that by supporting strong GOP women candidates through my leadership PAC,” Stefanik tweeted.

Stefanik’s strategy for the next election cycle, according to Roll Call, is to “play big” in primaries and retool the focus of her leadership PAC.

“We need to support those women earlier and learn the lessons of how effective the other side was in getting women through these competitive primaries,” said Stefanik, who won a competitive primary race in 2014.