U.S. House of Representatives candidate Harriet Hageman gave her first televised interview on Thursday night, telling Fox News host Laura Ingraham she was running for the lone House seat because incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney “betrayed” Wyoming.
Ingraham pointed out that Hageman has previously been a Cheney friend, supporter and donor and questioned what made her want to enter the House race.
“It’s very simple: Liz Cheney has betrayed Wyoming,” Hageman replied. “She betrayed all of us and she betrayed me. Had I known five years ago that Liz Cheney would align herself with [Speaker of the House Nancy] Pelosi and the radical Democrats in Washington, D.C., I probably wouldn’t have taken that first phone call.”
In that time, two House candidates have exited the race, Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and Bryan Miller. However, candidates Sen. Anthony Bouchard and Denton Knapp will stay in the race.
Rep. Chuck Gray has not responded to requests for comment about whether or not he will drop out.
Hageman said some of the issues she took with Cheney was the congresswoman’s decision to impeach the former president earlier this year following the Capitol riot in January, as well as her serving on the Jan. 6 commission investigating the events of the riot.
“She is focusing on issues that are important to the Democrats in Washington, D.C. as they attempt to deflect attention from the absolute disaster that is the Biden administration,” she said. “She continues to bash President Trump, as well as the citizens of Wyoming.”
Hageman added that Wyoming’s voters sent her to Washington, D.C. to be Trump’s ally, as 70% of the state voted for him in the 2020 presidential election, and to pursue conservative values.
Ingraham pointed to Cheney’s response to Hageman’s congressional campaign announcement with a tweet saying “Bring it,” but the attorney was not intimidated by her opponent.
“I’m not sure that that projects a lot of confidence,” Hageman said. “She wants to spend her time fighting with President Trump rather than fighting Biden and Pelosi.”
During her interview, Hageman made a dig at Cheney’s lack of time spent in Wyoming, noting she is a Wyoming native whose family has lived in the state for generations.
“The state of Wyoming deserves to be represented by someone from Wyoming, by someone who was born and raised here, as I was, someone who has Wyoming’s best interests at heart,” she said.