Cheney’s allies flock to his defense against Trump’s challenge
Allies of the Rep. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney on Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage: “I Was Wrong” Cheney Says Many GOP Lawmakers Also Privately Encouraged His Fight Against Trump’s Anti-Trump Republicans In 2022 MORE (R-Wyo.) Are starting to make a concerted effort to boost her reelection bid as she leads her political life fight against a Trump-backed challenger.
Former President George W. Bush will host a fundraiser for Cheney next month, as reported on Wednesday, giving him a boost with the traditional wing of the GOP. But supporters say they expect more Republicans aligned with Cheney’s brand of conservatism to step off the bench to help him in a knife fight against lawyer and former ally Harriet Hageman.
“I will knock on doors, I will make calls if necessary, I will use my social media presence, professionally and personally,” said State Representative Landon Brown (R), an ally of Cheney.
“I think it will be way more than what a lot of people expect,” he added. “You’re going to see a lot of people supporting it and recognizing its value… And it’s just going to be a question of who shows up the most and who can get more people to the polls.”
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Allies say aid, and more, could be the key to keeping his seat, both to raising the millions it will take to fend off Trump’s financial juggernaut and to excite his own voters.
“For Representative Cheney to have the support of real Tories who have represented the party for decades, I think it’s helpful. Representative Cheney has been successful in fundraising in the past, and having party pillars like President Bush speak out will only help that, ”said Joe McGinley, former County GOP Chairman. Natrona.
“The more people there are speaking on your behalf, it will just help rally the troops.”
Cheney found herself in hot water with Trump earlier this year when she voted to impeach him for his role in inciting the Jan.6 riot. She continued to castigate the former president after he stepped down, and again drew a wave of condemnation from the base after agreeing to the president Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi North Dakota Republicans’ latest COVID-19 case, Pelosi, votes Thursday on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Cheney says many GOP lawmakers privately encouraged his fight against Trump MORE‘s (D-Calif.) Invitation to join the special House committee charged with investigating the insurgency.
The backlash against her culminated in a House Republicans vote in May, firing Cheney from his post as party leader. Trump finally endorsed Hageman earlier this month in a dazzling statement describing Cheney as “RINO,” the derogatory nickname for “Republican In Name Only” and “”[Democrats’] number one supplier of sound extracts.
While Cheney’s allies unanimously agree that Trump’s involvement produces significant headwinds for his re-election bid, some say his endorsement may be a motivation to get supporters into the game.
“Everyone here was just sitting there waiting to see who got picked… Now that everyone has had some time to sit down and watch, I think she’s going to start to see some things moving,” she said. said Mark Christensen, a Campbell alumnus. County commissioner and ally of Cheney. “I think you’ll probably start to see some of this happen in the next few months.”
Cheney’s team should meticulously time support and fundraising announcements to maximize their effect against Trump’s attack. But the calendar is something she has on her side.
Wyoming doesn’t host its primary until August, giving Cheney time to both beef up his defenses and allow as much time as possible between his controversial impeachment vote and when voters vote. which, according to the allies, could be the key to the primary.
“I think the anger at her cools over time. If the election had taken place in March 2021, right after impeachment, she would have left, ”Christensen said.
Observers have speculated that Cheney won’t pull out his big supporters until the summer, when primary voters start paying attention to the nomination contest.
But beyond determining when Cheney’s allies arrive in force, his followers are torn over who’s best at standing up for him.
Some say the support of people like Bush could be important, noting the former president’s influence and his affiliation with a less volatile brand of conservative politics.
“People like President Bush who speak out and speak out are helping. It’s traditionally what Wyoming voters believe in, this flavor of politics where it’s based on policies, not people, ”McGinley said.
However, others warn that bringing in too many foreigners could harm Cheney and reinforce the perception that she is too focused on national politics.
“His Texas fundraiser will offend people because it’s not in Wyoming, and it’s out of state and stuff,” said Paul Bertoglio, the current chairman of the County Council of Commissioners. by Natrona. “Well, how I like when they bring it up, I always like to point out, Donald Trump has nothing to my knowledge in the state of Wyoming, no business, and yet he does the exact same thing.”
Bertoglio predicted that some of Wyoming’s elected officials could come and reinforce Cheney – though that might anger Trump – and that those more familiar with his Conservative election record should take center stage over people like Bush.
“As elected officials, we all do a vote or two that absolutely put your voters above and they say, ‘I will never vote for you again. And yet when they look at your whole record and you compare it to someone else, they say, “Well, you know what, maybe I can look past that.” And I think she has to bring in these people who say, ‘wait a minute, you have to look at her whole file,’ ”he said.
“I think they will,” Bertoglio added when asked if Wyoming lawmakers would approve the candidate chosen by Trump. “They know she did a great job… And you lower the vote, other than a few things that voted against what Trump did, she’s not a RINO or none of that.”
Still, the race is likely to be a magnet for other national figures who oppose Trump as the primary is interpreted as a test of his power.
“We’ll definitely see more of this,” said GOP strategist Doug Heye. “I don’t think we know if it will be enough. I think we won’t know until the primary, but very clearly, this is as much about a member of Congress as it is about the direction the Republican Party is taking.
Trump’s allies, meanwhile, are boasting that Cheney is doomed to defeat, saying the marginalization of Cheney’s brand of conservatism in addition to the former president’s expected strong involvement in the race will be too difficult to overcome. .
“There is no Cheney wing, just a quickly dying Cheney fragment of the party,” said an adviser from the Wyoming Values PAC, an outside group opposed to Cheney.
“She is the definition of the living dead. She knows she’s toast.
Allies say it remains to be seen whether help from the party’s Cheney wing will be enough to prevent a primary defeat. While some insist that a “silent majority” backs her, they concede that she still faces strong headwinds against Trump’s opposition.
“I don’t know just because in Wyoming the silent majority are silent,” McGinley said. “It’s hard to get an idea of that.”