Big Guns Come Out For Hageman; Trump Joins Conf Call, Kevin McCarthy Campaigns in Jackson

Congressional challenger Harriet Hageman brought out the big guns on Monday evening with former President Trump calling into a telephone rally and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy campaigning in Teton County.

Leo Wolfson

August 16, 20223 min read

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Some of the biggest national names in the Republican Party have been campaigning for U.S. House candidate Harriet Hageman in the final days of her primary campaign. 

On Monday, former President Donald Trump and Minority Speaker Leader of the House Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., both assisted with her Hageman’s campaign efforts. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has been an adversary of Trump and McCarthy. 

Trump attended a telephone rally for Hageman on Monday night, but said few words besides thanking the audience. 

That same day, McCarthy was campaigning for Hageman in Jackson and did an interview with Fox News in front of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski lift. Jackson is an area of strength for Cheney, as she and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, own homes in Teton County, a county that tends to lean Democrat politically.  

Hageman has repeatedly criticized Cheney for participating in the Jan. 6 Committee. McCarthy, an outspoken critic of Cheney, described Tuesday’s primary as a “referendum” on the committee, which Cheney serves as vice chair of. 

“”The principle philosophy is less government, an idea of freedom in the aspect that just the concepts of a country that’s conceived in liberty and dedicated proposition that we’re all it has,” McCarthy said “and her (Cheney) whole focus has been against one individual, whether she has information or not, instead of focusing on her district itself.” 

Cheney described McCarthy’s comments as a “word salad” that doesn’t make sense.  

“Was there an actual sentence in there somewhere?” she questioned. 

She has said it’s her Constitutional duty to speak out against Trump, his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, and his conduct related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

McCarthy said he expects Hageman to win. He said this victory will give the Republican Party momentum nationwide and believes Republicans will win back a majority in the House, a feat that has not occurred since 2016.

“We’ll win the majority, and I’ll be speaker,” McCarthy said. 

Former U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Texas, said Trump had asked him and other Republicans to travel to Wyoming to canvas for Hageman, Fox News reported.  

McCarthy is one of a handful of Republican congress members to endorse Hageman or donate money to her campaign. A few moderate Republican and Democrat members of congress have endorsed Cheney.

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Leo Wolfson

Politics and Government Reporter