By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily
Fresh off the reports that former gubernatorial candidate Harriet Hageman will receive a endorsement from former President Trump, Hageman on Thursday announced she is running for U.S. Congress.
Choosing to make the initial announcement digitally (on Facebook and on her website), Hageman said Cheney “doesn’t represent Wyoming” and that the state “deserves better.”
“I’m running for Congress because I am a Deep-Rooted Wyomingite who is sick of being misrepresented in Washington. We need a Tough Conservative to stand up against Nancy Pelosi, not help her divide Republicans,” Hageman said.
“Liz Cheney cast her lot with the Washington, D.C. elites and those who use their power to further their own agenda at our expense,” she said. “She doesn’t represent Wyoming and she doesn’t represent conservatives. We deserve better. We demand better. I am running to represent Wyomingites and take our state back from big government.”
It’s been a week full of announcements for Hageman. On Tuesday, she resigned as the state’s national Republican commiteewoman. On Wednesday, reports surfaced that former President Trump had selected Hageman as his choice to run against Cheney.
And today’s announcement will undoubtedly be followed by a formal press event announcing her bid.
Of the other candidates who are running against Cheney, only state Sen. Anthony Bouchard offered a response to Trump’s selection of Hageman.
“Harriet has never been elected,” he said. “She doesn’t have a voting record, and now the voters should trust a party operative that is a long time close friend of Cheney? Trump has once again surrounded himself with the wrong advisors and he’s endorsed the same candidate that Liz Cheney would endorse to replace her in her congressional seat.”
Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and state Rep. Chuck Gray did not respond to requests from Cowboy State Daily for comment.
This story is ongoing and will be updated.