Wyoming GOP derides ‘distraction’ Liz Cheney with vote to no longer recognize her as a Republican

The Wyoming Republican Party voted Saturday to stop recognizing the state’s lone congressperson, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), as a member of the party.

The state GOP central committee’s vote of 31-29 was similar to those of other Republican officials in about one-third of Wyoming’s 23 counties, according to The Associated Press. Local outlets reported, however, that the vote was much wider in several counties and that in some, the vote was unanimous.

“To further her own personal political agenda, Representative Liz Cheney has not only caused massive disruption, distraction and division within the House Republican Conference, but has also willingly, happily, and energetically joined forces with and proudly pledged allegiance to democrat Speaker of the House Pelosi, as a means of serving her own personal interests while ignoring the interests, needs and expectations of Wyoming Republicans,” the resolution stated, referencing her role as vice-chair of the House Select Committee on Jan. 6.

The central committee overwhelmingly voted in February to censure Cheney for her vote to impeach then-President Donald Trump after blaming him for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.

She went on to say that she voted her conscience, claiming that Trump “incited the mob” and “lit the flame” for events that took place that day, the AP noted.

Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for Cheney, told The Hill Monday, “It’s laughable to suggest Liz is anything but a committed conservative Republican.”

“She is bound by her oath to the Constitution. Sadly, a portion of the Wyoming GOP leadership has abandoned that fundamental principle, and instead allowed themselves to be held hostage to the lies of a dangerous and irrational man,” Adler continued.

Cheney is facing at least four primary challengers, one of them — Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman — already endorsed by Trump.

“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming’s own Cynthia Lummis,” he said in September, describing Cheney as a “warmonger and disloyal Republican.”

“Harriet Hageman adores the Great State of Wyoming, is strong on Crime and Borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will fight for Election Integrity and Energy Independence (which [President Joe] Biden has already given up),” he added.

Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats’ number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney. Make America Great Again!” the former president noted.

Hageman told the Casper Star-Tribune that the GOP central committee’s vote was “fitting.”

“Liz Cheney stopped recognizing what Wyomingites care about a long time ago. When she launched her war against President Trump, she completely broke with where we are as a state,” Hageman said.

In May, House Republicans ousted Cheney as head of the Republican caucus, the No. 3 position within the chamber for her party, replacing her with Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York. Stefanik was endorsed by other House GOP leaders as well as Trump.

“It had been my hope that our driving focus would be taking back the House in 2022 and implementing our Commitment to America,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)  said in a letter May 10 to House Republicans.

“Despite the mainstream media working overtime against us, I believe we still have a great chance to do so. Unfortunately, each day spent relitigating the past is one day less we have to seize the future,” he added, explaining his opposition to Cheney was policy-focused, not premised on her impeachment vote.

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