By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Another county Republican party has rescinded its recognition of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as a Republican.
The Crook County Republican Party Central Committee unanimously passed a resolution on Monday to rescind recognition of Cheney as a Republican, according to a Facebook post by the Carbon County Republican Party.
This is the seventh Republican Party in Wyoming to adopt such a resolution, following in the footsteps of parties in counties including Carbon, Park, Fremont and Uinta counties.
Cheney has been criticized by some Republicans in Wyoming for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump on allegations he encouraged attendees at a rally to invade the U.S. Capitol.
When asked about Cheney’s reaction to these actions by the Uinta and Platte county organizations last month, the representative’s spokesman Jeremy Adler pointed Cowboy State Daily to an earlier statement.
“Liz will continue to fight for all the people of Wyoming. She knows that she and all elected officials are bound by their duty under the U.S. Constitution, not by blind loyalty to one man,” he told Cowboy State Daily in August.
Carbon County Republican Party Chairman Joey Correnti IV noted in an interview with former Donald Trump staffer Steve Bannon in August that Carbon County Republicans no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican, although they know she is still legally the Wyoming representative.
“There is no law or rule that restricts the party from giving a recognition as a member of the party,” he said. “We are the party. We are the representative voices of the people of the party.”
Correnti said the decision by Carbon County Republicans to disavow Cheney came after the group assessed the situation following a censure of her earlier this year. The censure was one of several issued by county Republican Party organizations after Cheney’s impeachment vote.
“Liz Cheney hasn’t quit and she hasn’t listened to the people’s voices,” he said. “With the escalation of her misaligned focus, instead of dealing with the problems of America and the problems of Wyoming, continually to focus on a president that’s no longer in office…we decided to expedite her exodus from the party.”
She was also removed from her position as chair of the U.S. House Republican Conference due to her “stepping out of line” from the party.
Cowboy State Daily asked Adler about Cheney’s lack of response to the censures, but again, he pointed to the above statement about being bound to the Constitution.
Cheney is also now serving on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot, a position she was chosen for by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.