By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A former congresswoman from Wyoming has added her name to the list of past and present officials to endorse the congressional campaign of Republican Harriet Hageman.
Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin, who represented Wyoming in Congress from 1995 to 2007, has joined about 20 elected officials to back Hageman in her GOP primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney. Hageman won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump in September.
“I am grateful and honored to have the strong support of all of these great leaders from Wyoming. I was born here, learned my Wyoming values here, and have made most of my professional career here,” Hageman said this week. “Wyoming wants a member of Congress who not only represents our interests but one who is willing to fight to protect us from the Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia elitists. Our current Representative does neither. We only have one member of the House, and we must get it right. As Wyoming’s lone congressional representative, I will always reflect the views and values of the people of our great state.”
Cubin could not immediately be contacted for comment.
The campaign issued a list this week of officials to endorse Hageman and it included current legislators Rep. John Bear, R-Gillette, Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle and Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett.
Former legislators who have endorsed her include former House Speaker Bill McIlvain, R-Cheyenne, Rep. Scott Clem, R-Gillette, Rep. Hans Hunt, R-Newcastle, former Rep. David Miller, R-Lander, Rep. Marti Halverson, R-Etna, and Rep. Teense Willford, R-Saratoga.
In September, Trump said he “strongly endorsed” Hageman while calling Cheney a “warmonger,” and a “disloyal Republican.”
“Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney,” he said.
Cheney quickly reacted to the endorsement by posting Trump’s statement on her Twitter account, along with two words: “Bring it.”
Hageman has regularly commented on Cheney’s lack of Wyoming ties and touted her own conservative record as to why she is the best choice for the House.
“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.