Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney’s political career seems doomed when her state’s voters go to the polls next week.
It also seems that the viciously anti-Trump Cheney is content to continue alienating the people she supposedly wants to represent.
And that would include those who see Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a successor to former President Donald Trump as leader of the Republican Party
Cheney is down by more than 30 points to challenger Harriet Hageman, who’s earned Trump’s endorsement.
To counteract that deficit, Cheney turned to her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, once the most despised man in liberal circles, to cut an ad bashing Trump, who won Wyoming with 70 percent of the vote in 2020.
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Newsweek reported on Monday that she also is openly courting Democrats to stay in power. As Republicans hold a 4-1 advantage among registered voters in Wyoming, Cheney “has been urging Democrats to switch parties to vote for her in the August 16 primary as she faces a tough re-election battle,” Newsweek noted.
“Wyoming Democrats—who are massively outnumbered in the state by Republicans— have received mail from Cheney’s campaign with instructions on how to change their party affiliation. Her campaign website also links to a form that allows people to switch parties.”
“There aren’t enough Democrats in Wyoming to save her, but this confirms that Liz Cheney has effectively switched parties,” Hageman adviser Tim Murtaugh told Newsweek. “She’s courting Democrat voters, helping Nancy Pelosi do her political dirty work on the illegitimate January 6th Committee, and using Wyoming’s only House seat to further her own political vendetta.”
But Cheney may have proven Murtaugh right with her comments to The New York Times on Sunday.
As The Daily Wire reported, “Cheney said that she ‘would find it very difficult’ to support DeSantis in a general election against a Democrat if DeSantis becomes the 2024 GOP nominee for president.”
The anti-Trumper also noted that she prefers working with Democratic women over Republican women.
“I would much rather serve with Mikie Sherrill and Chrissy Houlahan and Elissa Slotkin than Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, even though on substance certainly I have big disagreements with the Democratic women I just mentioned,” Cheney said. “But they love this country, they do their homework and they are people that are trying to do the right thing for the country.”
Her comments lead one to wonder what the “right” thing is, as DeSantis had mentioned back in February, Daily Wire noted.
“Cheney is totally off the rails with her nonsense,” DeSantis said at the time. “And I think she’s not really a Republican in terms of what she’s doing. We want people that are going to fight the left. And that’s what we need to do in this country.”
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“That’s what we’re doing in Florida, standing up for people’s freedoms,” he added. “We’re opposing wokeness. We’re opposing all these things. To act like the main issue in this country is things that happened over a year ago [on Jan. 6, 2021], I can tell you in Florida that’s not what Floridians are concerned about. They’re concerned about inflation and gas prices.”
“So I think focusing on the issues and showing that we stand for things that matter to people is the way forward,” DeSantis said. “To have a vendetta against Donald Trump and to constantly be bringing this up is just not something that I think Republican voters are interested in.”
Wyoming voters may prove him right on Tuesday.
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