By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Cheyenne Sen. Anthony Bouchard isn’t surprised his congressional opponent has received multiple censures from Republican parties across the state for her vote on the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
Bouchard, who has announced he will run against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in 2022, on Friday spoke out against her and talked about his views on immigration, guns and more during an interview with New Right Network.
Bouchard added that he has explained this viewpoint to potential voters across the state, campaigning against Cheney’s vote, something he and other Republicans consider as a “stab in the back.”
“That’s what happens, we have people who go back to Congress and don’t talk about what’s happening,” he explained to host Jason Roberge. “They just come here and electioneer and they don’t tell people what’s going on.”
Cheney voted to impeach former Trump last month on allegations he incited a riot at the U.S. Capitol in early January as Congress met to confirm the Electoral College’s votes in the presidential election, in which now-President Joe Biden beat Trump.
While the House, with Cheney’s vote, approved articles of impeachment, Trump was acquitted of the charges last weekend in his Senate trial. U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis both opposed the impeachment.
Cheney has now been censured by multiple Republican parties since her vote, most recently by the Laramie County Republican Party earlier this week.
Last month, Bouchard announced his run against Cheney for her House seat, which she has held since 2017. The primary elections will take place next year.
“Representing the people is the most important thing, that’s the integrity of the system,” Bouchard said in his interview. “We’re losing it when we have people who go back to Washington and work to play the swamp games.”
Bouchard added that Cheney wasn’t a “real” Wyoming resident and couldn’t properly represent its residents.
“I think she’s working for the people of Virginia more than the people of Wyoming,” he said.