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Cheney Calls Trump Remarks on Colin Powell “Pathetic Garbage”; Hageman, Bouchard Mum

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Tuesday was short and to the point when sharing her opinion on former President Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about retired Gen. Colin Powell following his death on Monday.

“Pathetic garbage,” she told Cowboy State Daily.

Trump issued a predictably different tribute to Powell following his death on Monday than those offered by people who worked with the former secretary of state.

“Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the fake news media,” Trump wrote. 

“He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!” he said.

While Cheney criticized Trump for his comments, her main primary opponents offered no response to the former president.

Bouchard offered no comment while Hageman spokesperson Tim Murtaugh declined to comment on the former president’s remarks.

Murtaugh did provide a a statement from Hageman on Powell’s passing

“I respect Colin Powell’s lifelong service to this country.  I am praying for his family and loved ones, and may he rest in peace,” Hageman said.

Trump’s former vice president, Mike Pence, had a different opinion than Trump, stating that Powell was a “true American patriot who served our Nation with distinction in uniform.”

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Dick, Liz Cheney Mourn Death Of Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Both former Vice President Dick Cheney and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney publicly mourned the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday.

“I’m deeply saddened to learn that America has lost a leader and statesman,” Dick Cheney said. “General Powell had a remarkably distinguished career, and I was fortunate to work with him. He was a man who loved his country and served her long and well.”

Powell died Monday of complications related to COVID-19, despite the fact he was fully vaccinated, although it was not clear if he had received a booster shot. He was 84.

“Working with him during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, I saw first-hand General Powell’s dedication to the United States and his commitment to the brave and selfless men and women who serve our country in uniform,” Dick Cheney said. “Colin was a trailblazer and role model for so many: the son of immigrants who rose to become National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Secretary of State.”

“Very sorry to hear of the passing of General Colin Powell. He was a statesman and a leader who loved and served our nation,” Cheney’s daughter, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, said on social media Monday.

According to CNN, Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response. 

Powell was the first Black U.S. secretary of state under former President George W. Bush’s administration, the first Black national security adviser during former President Ronald Reagan’s administration, the youngest and first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush.

He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice.

Powell is survived by his wife Alma and three children.

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Cheney Tops Fundraising Efforts In Third Quarter, Totaling $5.1M

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney continues to lead all the Republican candidates for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat for fundraising, according to federal figures, raising more than $1.7 million in the third quarter of the year.

The reports for the period running from July 1 through Sept. 30 showed Cheney, who has not yet announced whether she will seek reelection, received $1.3 million from individuals and $67,900 from political action committees. She also received about $342,400 from other “other authorized committees,” which can include the campaign committees of other politicians.

The donations in the third quarter brought Cheney’s fundraising total to $5.1 million since the beginning of the year.

For fundraising during the third quarter of the year, Cheney was followed by Harriet Hageman, who raised $301,921 in the third quarter even though she did not announce her candidacy until Sept. 9, with less than one month remaining in the reporting period.

All of Hageman’s donations came from individuals.

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, raised $65,560 during the quarter, bringing his total donations for the year to $613,428. All of Bouchard’s donations so far this year have come from individuals.

State Rep. Charles Gray, R-Casper, who ended his campaign for Congress when Hageman announced her candidacy, raised $113,195 during the quarter, all from individuals. Gray’s campaign ended with a total of $209,209 in donations and $298,318 in loans.

Denton Knapp, a retired U.S. Army colonel from Gillette, raised $10,925 in the third quarter, all from individuals, bringing his total donations to $19,600, while Riverton’s Marissa Joy Selvig raised $3,909 to bring her total donations to $7,074.

Virginia residents continued to be the biggest contributors to Cheney’s campaign, donating $307,455, followed by California residents at $217,677. 

Wyoming residents donated $100,930 to Cheney so far this year, the FEC reports said, placing Wyoming behind seven other states as donation sources for Cheney. Hageman’s FEC filings showed that more than half of her donations, about $164,000, came from Wyoming individuals.

Wyoming residents were also the top donors to Bouchard’s campaign, contributing $46,490 so far this year, the reports showed.

Of Knapp’s $10,925, $5,400 came from donors in California, while Wyoming residents donated $3,600 to his campaign.

Most of Selvig’s donations, $1,475, have come from Wyoming residents, with $1,000 coming from Colorado residents.

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Cheney Slams Democrats’ “Dangerous” Spending During Wyoming TV Appearances

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney discussed the potential devastation of congressional Democrats’ “dangerous” spending on Wyoming this week with two state media outlets.

Cheney appeared on Wyoming News Now and Good Morning Wyoming on Tuesday to discuss the $1 trillion infrastructure bill and the discussions about raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

“I think, ultimately, [the Democrats will] cobble something together, and, unfortunately, though, [the infrastructure bill] really is going to be full of wasteful spending, bad tax policy, new regulations, a whole range of things that are not going to be good for us here in Wyoming,” Cheney said on Good Morning Wyoming.

The bill was originally proposed at $2 trillion, but Congress could not seem to come to an agreement on that proposal, cutting it down by $1 trillion.

The new infrastructure bill will include upgrades to roads, railways and bridges, a broadband improvement, upgrading water systems and even providing electric school buses to school districts across the nation, according to CNN.

Cheney said Wyoming residents would “certainly” see tax increases and new policies that would affect things such as estate and death taxes with the infrastructure bill.

“I think you’ll see a real expansion of the role of the government in our lives,” Cheney said. And you couple all of this with the Democrats [proposing] these massive new spending programs, and now they also have to raise the debt limit. I think the debt limit’s got to be raised within the next two weeks in order to be able to borrow the money they need to fund all these new spending programs, and it’s really just an irresponsible way to do business and really bad policy as well.”

On Wyoming News Now, Cheney had a shorter appearance, but covered similar topics.

“The spending that we’re seeing is so significant and so huge and comes at a moment where it will fundamentally restructure our economy, fundamentally restructure the relationship between the government and individuals in a way that’s very negative,” she said. “I would hope that it would cause some reflection for people to say, ‘We can’t afford this level of spending.’ And it’s not good for the country, and it’s not good for our freedoms. It’s not good for our constitutional rights to have the federal government play such an expansive role in terms of this massive overreach that these bills will entail.”

President Joe Biden proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure bill earlier this year, but many Republicans, including U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, were outspoken in their opposition to it because of a perceived lack of focus on “traditional” infrastructure such as roads, bridges and waterways.

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Hageman Called Cheney a “Courageous Constitutional Conservative” in 2016

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

The problem with running for office in the digital age is it is hard to run from your past.

Videos are now commonplace and what you said a few years ago may come back to haunt you, even if you may disagree with that viewpoint now.

That’s the situation Wyoming congressional candidate Harriet Hageman finds herself in.

CNN found a video from 2016 during Liz Cheney’s inaugural congressional campaign in which Hageman lavished praise on the woman she will presumably challenge next year for the GOP nomination to Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

The contents of the video won’t be a surprise to observers of Wyoming politics. Cheney was the frontrunner throughout the 2016 primary and had many, many conservative supporters, including Hageman.

“I know that Liz Cheney is a proven, courageous, constitutional conservative, someone who has the education, the background and experience to fight effectively for Wyoming on a national stage,” Hageman said in the video.

In contrast, when announcing her House candidacy in September, Hageman said Cheney has betrayed the voters of Wyoming because of her vote for Trump’s impeachment.

“Like many Wyomingites, I supported Liz Cheney when she ran for Congress,” Hageman said in September. “But then she betrayed Wyoming, she betrayed this country, and she betrayed me.”

Hageman was also on the record as opposing the Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, calling him “racist and xenophobic.” Like her stance on Cheney, however, her opinion of Trump changed, she said, adding she was fooled into opposing the president in 2016.

“The fact is, I heard and believed the lies the Democrats and Liz Cheney’s friends in the media were telling at the time, but that is ancient history as I quickly realized their allegations against President Trump were untrue. They lied about him before he was elected and continue to lie about him to this day,” Hageman said.

Hageman now calls him the “greatest president” of her lifetime.

“I am proud to have been able to re-nominate him in 2020,” she said. “And I’m proud to strongly support him today. Our country would be in a better place with him still in office.”

The Cheney team was quick to send the CNN story and video out to the media on Friday morning.

Yet to be seen is how the other candidates in the race plan to use it.

Anthony Bouchard, a state senator from Cheyenne, is now targeting both Cheney and Hageman on his very active Facebook page and is using social media to play up the former friendship of Hageman and Cheney and lump them together as the same person.

“Wyoming needs an America First Champion to replace Liz.. Not a Cheney 2.0… Send me to Congress, I’ll fight the Socialists!” a post on his Facebook page said.

Denton Knapp, a war veteran from Gillette, also called out what he sees as the similarities between the two.

“Cheney and Hageman are not the only two Republican choices.  They both fought against former President Trump in 2016. I supported his candidacy in 2016, and 2020,” Knapp wrote.

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Cheney Applauds Gen. Milley For Loyalty To Constitution; Blasts GOP Colleagues For Condemning Him

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, made it clear on Wednesday that she strongly supports Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and had harsh words for many of her Republican colleagues who questioned his loyalty to the nation.

Cheney, speaking at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the withdrawal from Afghanistan, used a portion of her time — as did many of her colleagues — to discuss Milley’s communications with Chinese military officials near the end of the term of former President Donald Trump.

While some Republicans on the committee like frequent critic Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, told Milley he should resign, Cheney praised the general for “standing in the breach” while others, she said, didn’t follow the Constitution.

“In the aftermath of that attack, many of the members of our constitutional system failed to do their duty,” Cheney said. “Many of them punted. Many of them today are still attempting to obstruct the investigation into that attack, attempting to whitewash what happened.”

According to reports published in the book “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley acted on his own to contact the Chinese to assure leaders that Trump would not launch an attack on China as his presidency neared its end. The book also said Milley held secret meetings on Jan. 8 to take steps to prevent Trump from launching military action.

As she has frequently done, Cheney emphasized how serious she believes the riots on Jan. 6 were, stating that it was the “first time in history that a peaceful transfer of power didn’t happen.”

To many of her colleagues in Washington, not to mention her challengers in Wyoming, the events of Jan. 6 are not that serious.

While some critics demanded Milley step down during hearings Wednesday for what they perceivd as actions against a sitting president, Cheney applauded his loyalty to the country.

“General Milley, you found yourself in your constitutionally prescribed role, standing in the breach,” she said.

“And for any member of this committee, for any American to question your loyalty to our nation, to question your understanding of our Constitution, your loyalty to our Constitution, your recognition and understanding of the civilian chain of command is despicable,” she said.

Milley has ignored calls for his resignation over the discussions with the Chinese, saying that he believed he was carrying out the will of the president because he “knew with certainty that President Trump was not going to attack the Chinese out of the blue.”

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Cheney Reverses Opinion, Says She Was Wrong About Gay Marriage

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

In a reversal of her vocally stated opinion, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said during an opinion on “60 Minutes” on Sunday that she was wrong to oppose same-sex marriage.

“I was wrong. I love my sister very much. I love her family very much,” she told reporter Leslie Stahl. “It’s a very personal issue, and very personal for my family. I believe that my dad was right and my sister and I have had that conversation.”

Stahl reacted with surprise to Cheney’s answer, saying she did not expect the response.

Cheney has been vocal in her opposition to same-sex marriage for years, which caused a public split within the Cheney family, as her sister Mary is gay and married with children. Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, has been a vocal supporter of Mary.

Mary’s spouse, Heather Poe, posted on Facebook in 2013 that Cheney’s position was offensive and that “I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE,” USA Today reported at the time.

Cheney echoed those sentiments during her interview with Stahl, eight years after she publicly denounced gay marriage, which was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.

“This is an issue that we have to recognize as human beings that we need to work against discrimination of all kinds in our country, in our state,” Cheney said. “We were at an event a few nights ago and, and there was a young woman who said she doesn’t feel safe sometimes because she’s transgender. Nobody should feel unsafe. Freedom means freedom for everybody.”

Stahl noted that Cheney’s change of heart was rare to see in a politician of her stature, especially within the current Republican Party.

Earlier this year, a transgender woman in Casper was attacked, allegedly for her gender identity. A bar in Cheyenne that mainly caters to motorcyclists caused major controversy on social media for selling a shirt that disparaged gay people.

Wyoming was also thrust into the national spotlight more than 20 years ago after the murder of Matthew Shepherd, a gay man in Laramie.

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Cheney Mocks Trump Days After Arizona Election Hand Count

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

If there is any doubt the 2022 Wyoming congressional election is going to be filled with fireworks, that should be cleared up by a Sunday morning reminder.

On Friday, former President Trump sent out a photo meme which merged the features of President George W. Bush and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

The intent? Perhaps the Trump team thinks President Bush’s upcoming fundraiser for Cheney in Dallas is a negative.

Regardless, Cheney — never one to back down — fired back on Sunday morning with her own message.

“I like Republican presidents who win re-election,” she said, including a photo of President Bush in her tweet.

Days earlier she retweeted a recap of the months-long hand count of Arizona presidential election hand which showed that Trump did not win the contest in that state.

“The tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters. That should be the end of the story. Everything else is just noise,” said Maricopa County Board Chairman Jack Sellers on Friday.

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Teton, Laramie County GOP Reject Anti-Cheney Resolution

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By Ellen Fike and Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Resolutions proposing that U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s Republican Party affiliation be rescinded have been rejected by Republican parties in Laramie and Teton counties.

In actions running contrary to what has been seen in eight other counties, members of both the Laramie and Teton county parties this week rejected the resolutions presented as an expression of displeasure with Cheney’s votes against former President Donald Trump.

“The discussion as I was understanding it was people recognized we all make mistakes,” said Mary Martin, chairwoman of the Teton County GOP. “And Liz may have made a huge mistake, but we don’t have the mechanism to withdraw or recall her. She is our duly elected representative whether we like it or not.”

Cheney has been roundly criticized in Wyoming since she voted to impeach Trump on allegations he encouraged attendees at a rally to invade the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. She is also serving on a House committee looking into the invasion.

The Wyoming Republican Party voted in February to censure Cheney for her impeachment vote and in the last several weeks, eight county Republican parties have said Cheney’s affiliation as a Republican should be rescinded.

The resolutions have no power and Cheney cannot be stripped of her Republican affiliation.

However, when the same resolutions came to Republicans in Teton and Laramie counties, they were rejected according to the party chairwomen.

“The discussion on the motion was brief,” said Dani Olsen, chairwoman of the Laramie County Republican Party. “With the vote, there was a resounding vote against the resolution, so it failed to be adopted.”

Olsen said she did not know why members of the Laramie County party cast a “resounding” vote against the resolution, but Martin said in Teton County, members seemed to think that Cheney’s good work for conservative causes outweighed the mistake she may have made by aligning herself against Trump.

“I think we have a considerable group that is happy with Liz,” she said. “They feel she’s done a lot to help the conservative cause outside of this battle she’s taken up on Jan. 6.”

In addition, many felt that if people are unhappy with Cheney, they should simply vote against her in 2022, Martin said.

“If you’re unhappy with her, don’t vote for her,” she said. “Whether we like it or not, she’s been voted in and she’s the representative we have.”

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Lincoln County GOP Cancels Cheney; 8th County To Do So

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Lincoln County Republican Party has joined other county GOP parties in the state in rescinding its recognition of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as a Republican.

The party overwhelmingly, but not unanimously, passed a resolution on Tuesday evening to rescind Cheney’s Republican status, county party Chairwoman Marti Halverson told Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday.

“Most of the discussion centered on [the resolution saying] ‘Whereas, Representative Liz Cheney has attempted to legitimize her actions and personal political agenda by referring to the majority of Wyoming Republican Voters with terms such as “a misinformed mob, radical extremists, bigots, racists, promoters of the ‘big lie’, enemies of the state, conspiracy theorists, dangerous rot, & white supremacists,'” Halverson said.

She noted that the party also struck a line at the end of the resolution that quoted former President Donald Trump that said she was “fired.”

This is the eighth Republican Party in Wyoming to adopt such a resolution, following in the footsteps of parties in counties including Carbon, Park, Fremont and Uinta. Crook County rescinded its recognition of the representative as a Republican earlier this week.

Carbon County GOP chair Joey Correnti on Tuesday welcomed the Lincoln County Republican Party to the group.

“WELCOME LINCOLN COUNTY!!!” Correnti wrote on the party Facebook page. “Anyone who thought this was just going away, doesn’t understand the cyclic monthly county party meeting schedule. WE’RE DEFINITELY BACK IN ACTION!!!”

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.

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