Former President Donald Trump’s choice to oppose Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) in next year’s GOP primary after she voted to impeach him following the Jan. 6 riot cast her opponent as a Washington swamp creature who doesn’t have her state’s best interests in mind.
Harriet Hageman told Just the News that Cheney appears to be more concerned about U.S. military bases in Virginia and elsewhere than she does about Wyoming’s energy and natural resources, as indicated by Cheney’s decision earlier this year to drop her assignment on the House Natural Resources Committee. There, she had served since 2017, but now she spends more time with the House Armed Services Committee and being the co-chair of the partisan Jan. 6 Committee, where she joins another Trump critic, retiring Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
Just the News notes: “The messaging is unmistakable: Cheney is essentially a Wyoming carpetbagger more aligned with the interests of Virginia, where she lives in the Washington suburbs when Congress is in session.”
“The fact is that Liz Cheney broke from Wyoming, well, over a year ago,” Hageman said in an interview with the John Solomon Reports podcast. “We believe very strongly in Wyoming in the America first agenda, the Wyoming first agenda, energy independence, and being able to … manage and use our natural resources.
“We do not have a representative on the Natural Resource Committee, because Liz Cheney chose to go on the Armed Services Committee. And while that may benefit Virginia, it doesn’t do a doggone thing for the state of Wyoming,” Hageman noted further.
Just the News added:
Hageman, a lawyer whose work has supported the mining, ranching and energy interests in her state, cited as a consequence a recent bill that passed the House Natural Resources Committee that imposes new regulations and fees. …
Both women running for the GOP nomination hail from Wyoming royalty. Cheney’s father held the same seat she does during the 1980s, before becoming defense secretary and vice president during the Bush dynasty.
Hageman’s father was a longtime state representative with deep ties to the natural resources industries (energy, mining and ranchers) that make Wyoming click.
Regarding the legislation passed out of the Natural Resources Committee, it “is designed to do is just to destroy our mining industry in Wyoming,” she said.
“Wyoming had no representative on that committee, because Liz Cheney chose not to serve on the all-important natural resource committee, because she wanted to be on a committee that would benefit Virginia where she lives.”
After Cheney voted to impeach Trump, she was rejected as House Republican Conference chair earlier this year and replaced with New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik.
“This is all about liberty and freedom,” Hageman said of her work as co-counsel on a lawsuit filed by federal workers who survived COVID-19 and have natural immunity and who are pushing back on Biden’s vaccine mandate.
“And it’s about government overreach. And it’s about the federal government simply has no police power to impose these kinds of mandates on our citizens, whether they are federal employees or not,” she told the outlet.