The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee still recognizes U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of the Republican Party, despite the fact the Wyoming Republican Party has voted not to do so.
“Obviously she’s still a Republican,” Ronna McDaniel said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington on Thursday.
The Wyoming Republican State Central Committee on Saturday voted 31-29 in support of a resolution that states that it will no longer recognize Cheney as a member of the Republican Party because of her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump and her criticism of Trump’s perpetuation of the claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
McDaniel said she understood why the Wyoming Republican Party voted to rescind recognition of Cheney as a Republican.
“I get from a state party standpoint when you have a congressperson or a senator who’s not supporting your state party, who’s not talking about electing Republicans up and down the ballot,” she said.
“The thing about that everyone should be taking note is that a state party is the most grassroots body that the state has. These are people who are running in their district committee and they’re going to their county convention and they’re getting on their state committee and they really represent where the party is in their state.”
McDaniel said that it was the state party’s choice to take away its recognition of Cheney as a member of the GOP and that voters can make a similar choice in the primary election next August. Currently, Cheney is facing a number of primary challengers, including Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman and state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne.
Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler told Cowboy State Daily this week that it was “laughable to suggest Liz is anything but a committed conservative Republican.”
“She is bound by her oath to the Constitution. Sadly, a portion of the Wyoming GOP leadership has abandoned that fundamental principle, and instead allowed themselves to be held hostage to the lies of a dangerous and irrational man,” Adler said.
Cheney has been making waves in the Republican Party all year, from her vote to impeach Trump to serving on the committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and her vote this week to censure a fellow Republican for a violent video he posted to social media.