Conservative Firebrand Charlie Kirk Endorses Frank Eathorne For State GOP Chair, Still No Trump Nod

Although Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Frank Eathorne has received an endorsement from a prominent conservative voice, the endorsement of former President Donald Trump still eludes him.

Leo Wolfson

May 03, 20232 min read

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Conservative talk show host and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk is endorsing Frank Eathorne in his reelection bid for chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party set to happen this weekend.

Eathorne is running for a third term as chairman against challenger and former state lawmaker Frank Moore.

Kirk is a well-known conservative national voice and activist on transgender issues and has backed prominent Republican candidates in the past, including conservative firebrands U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz.

He’s also spoken in Wyoming a few times, giving the keynote speech at the 2020 Wyoming Republican Party convention and the Teton County Republican Party’s Patriot’s Dinner in February.

Turning Point Action is a nonprofit political arm of Turning Point USA, which hosts campaign rallies and puts out a political scorecard for the 50 states.

Also endorsing Eathorne is the Wyoming Republican Women Riding for the Brand.

No Trump Endorsement Yet

Still missing for Eathorne is an endorsement from Trump, who endorsed Eathorne in his 2021 bid for party chair.

During a campaign rally hosted by Trump in Casper last year, Eathorne said he would run through a barbed wire fence for the former president.

Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman and Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray in their campaigns last year, as well former interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder in his failed bid. 

Also endorsing Eathorne is the Wyoming Republican Women and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Brent Bien, per his former write-in campaign manager Cheryl Aguiar. Bien finished a distant second in the 2022 Republican governor primary race.

The state GOP elections are Saturday morning at the Wyoming Republican Party’s quarterly central committee meeting in Jackson.

Moore, who is running as a ticket with vice chair candidate Elizabeth Bingham, vows to improve party unity and accept a wide spectrum of views within the party.

Eathorne has a different perspective, finding there to be members of the party he believes aren’t adhering to the Republican platform that he’d like to leave the GOP.

Certain party members have accused Eathorne of sowing division within the party’s ranks and not making enough effort to prevent conflict among members.

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Leo Wolfson

Politics and Government Reporter