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Zwonitzer Calls Complaint About Residency A ‘Political Hit Job’

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, said he was blindsided over the weekend when he discovered his residency was a topic of discussion during the Wyoming Republican Party’s central committee meeting.

The Wyoming House Speaker Eric Barlow R-Gillette said Friday he has started to collect information as part of an investigation into Zwonitzer’s residency requested by the Wyoming Republican Party’s central committee.

In an interview with Cowboy State Daily on Friday, Zwonitzer called the accusations that he does not live in House District 43, which he has represented for 18 years, “ludicrous,” adding the state GOP’s call for an investigation into his residency a “political hit job.”

“Why would my own party attack me without giving me the benefit of a simple phone call or email?” Zwonitzer said.

He noted that the residency complaint came up as an “emergency issue” during the central committee meeting, and no one alerted him ahead of time about it.

The party’s central committee agreed Saturday to ask the secretary of state’s office to look into whether Zwonitzer has moved out of House District 43.

The decision was made in response to a concern raised by Joey Correnti IV, chairman of the Carbon County Republican Party, who said he wanted to see if the central committee thought the issue merited further review. Correnti said he was approached by others who made him aware of the problem and, after research to collect some documents, he took the matter directly to the central committee.

Zwonitzer said he was surprised to learn that questions about his residency in HD43 had been circulating for several weeks among Republican officials, while he had heard nothing about the issue.

He also questioned who gave the information to Correnti.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Ed Buchanan referred the complaint to the Wyoming House of Representatives. Zwonitzer has been asked to write an affidavit and collect information to send to House and Legislative Service Office officials, which he will likely have completed by next week.

“I don’t have any concerns [about the review],” he said. “I think I’ll be vindicated. I fully trust the legislative process to do what it does.”

On Friday, Barlow detailed the information he is collecting as he looks into the matter.

“I am conferring with House Leadership and LSO legal staff on the manner in which to proceed under the Wyoming Constitution and the Rules of the House of Representatives,” Barlow said. “Additionally, I have requested Representative Zwonitzer respond to the allegations in writing. Once I have received his response and understand the options available for resolving this matter in an appropriate and expeditious manner, I will propose a course of action.”

Zwonitzer believes the complaint is just a distraction from other political issues, such as the appointment of the new superintendent of public instruction, redistricting and the work that will need to be done when the Legislature convenes next month.

Redistricting is the process of redrawing House and Senate district boundaries to conform with new census figures.

Zwonitzer is the co-chair of the Legislature’s Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee, which is responsible for developing redistricting plans with an eye toward keeping population numbers within different districts as close to equal as possible.

As part of his presentation to the GOP central committee, Correnti said he was concerned that some of the redistricting plans proposed by Zwonitzer appeared to change the boundaries of HD43 to include the part of HD10 where Zwonitzer bought a residence with his spouse.

Zwonitzer said it is no secret that he bought a property near Carpenter, in HD10, where his spouse lives and is registered to vote. But Zwonitzer and his youngest child are living in HD43.

He added he has done his best to keep his personal feelings separate from his work on the redistricting maps.

As of now, he has no plans to move into HD10, but he did not rule the idea out in the future.

“I’m only 42, so never say never,” he said.

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Wyoming GOP Celebrates Judge Ruling In Its Favor In Superintendent Lawsuit

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Wyoming Republican Party celebrated the news that a judge ruled in its favor in a lawsuit regarding the process it used to select nominees for the office of superintendent of public instruction.

A federal judge on Thursday denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked Gov. Mark Gordon from appointing a new superintendent from a list of three nominees filed by the Wyoming Republican Party’s central committee. The request was filed on the same day as a lawsuit alleging the GOP’s system for selecting nominees was unconstitutional.

Eathorne is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which remains active despite the judge’s ruling on the restraining order, and he has maintained he is being sued for following the law.

“The Wyoming GOP wants to thank Chairman Frank Eathorne for his steadfast leadership in the face of Democrat-inspired attacks on him, the party, and Wyoming Republicans,” the party said on Friday. “Chairman Eathorne was savagely criticized for merely following the advice of not one, but two, different party lawyers, who rejected the Plaintiff’s unfounded requests to change the way voting has been performed for decades.”

The party praised Eathorne’s work as in the party as a precinct committeeman, a county central committee leader, a state central committee member and now as chairman of the entire party in the state.

“No one has more experience and understanding of the party process, or works harder for Wyoming Republicans than Chairman Eathorne, and no one is better equipped to stand up to the Democrats and liberals when these liberal attacks come,” the party said.

Shortly after the judge’s decision, Gordon named Brian Schroeder the new superintendent to finish out the unexpired term of Balow, who resigned earlier this month to take a similar job in Virginia. Balow’s term expires in January 2023.

Schroeder, Thomas Kelly and Marti Halverson were the three nominees chosen from a pool of about a dozen applicants.

“The Court has swiftly and decisively confirmed the propriety of Chairman Eathorne’s decision and the accuracy and effectiveness of the legal advice he received,” the party said. “Chairman Eathorne is to be commended for standing up to these political attacks and abuses of the legal system by those who seek to advance their liberal agenda by engaging in the politics of personal destruction,” the party said.

The Wyoming GOP was defended in the case by Tyler Green and Jeff Hetzel of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Consovoy McCarthy and Cheyenne lawyer Brian Shuck, with assistance from numerous other lawyers and dedicated Republicans.

“The Wyoming Republican Party assures Wyoming Republicans that we will never stop fighting for you and we’ll continue fighting these liberal attacks of lawfare,” the party said.

These are similar sentiments delivered by Eathorne earlier this week, following the lawsuit’s filing.

“Grassroots Republicans are being sued, by Democrats and a handful of self-important RINOs and (U.S. Rep. Liz) Cheney supporters, for following the law and completing its role in sending 3 names to the Governor so he can fill the vacancy created when Jillian Balow resigned, the same way elected official vacancies have been filled for decades in our state,” Eathorne said.  

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Barrasso, Lummis Applaud Withdrawal Of Failed Biden Vaccine Mandate

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Both U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis praised this week’s decision by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to withdraw the federal vaccine mandate for employees of large companies.

Both senators have been vocal in opposition to the mandate proposed by President Joe Biden, saying individuals should be able to choose their own health care. Barrasso has regularly said he is “pro-vaccine, but anti-mandate.”

“It’s about time the Biden administration officially withdrew its overreaching OSHA vaccine mandate on private businesses. As the Supreme Court recently ruled, this mandate is unconstitutional. Thousands of Wyoming workers can now make their own health care decisions without the fear of losing their job,” Barrasso said. “Now the administration must do the same for millions of health care workers. Health care facilities across the nation are short staffed. We shouldn’t make it even harder for hospitals, clinics and nursing homes to get people the care they need.” 

OSHA said Tuesday it will withdraw the requirement that workers at companies with 100 or more employees either get vaccinated or be regularly tested for coronavirus. The news came in a statement on the agency’s website.

Lummis also cited the right of an individual to choose his or her health care in hailing OSHA’s decision.

“Businesses across Wyoming are working hard to recover from the pandemic and from rising inflation. This mandate would have forced employers to step into the relationship between a patient and their doctor,” Lummis said. “I am vaccinated, and I encourage everyone to discuss the vaccine with their doctor, but it is ultimately a personal decision, and employers shouldn’t be forced to make that decision for their employees. It is irresponsible for the federal government to further burden Wyoming businesses with job-killing mandates.”

Earlier this year, Barrasso and Lummis joined 44 of their fellow senators and 136 representatives in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to support a block of the mandate on private businesses.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court halted the implementation of the federal vaccine mandate as it applied to workers at large companies.

Wyoming had joined in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the mandate and Gov. Mark Gordon said he was “delighted” to hear of the court’s decision.

President Joe Biden announced in September that he would require federal employees , health care workers and workers at companies employing more than 100 people to get the coronavirus vaccine.

In response, Wyoming filed three lawsuits seeking to block the mandate for employees of large companies, health care workers and federal contractors and their employees.

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Eathorne Calls Plaintiffs In Superintendent Lawsuit “RINOs,” “Cheney Supporters”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Frank Eathorne lashed out Wednesday at the multiple plaintiffs who brought a lawsuit against the party over the way it selected nominees for an open statewide office, calling them “RINOs” and “Cheney supporters.”

Eathorne noted the lawsuit filed Tuesday took aim at the party for following state rules that have been in place for decades for picking nominees to fill open state offices.

“Grassroots Republicans are being sued, by Democrats and a handful of self-important RINOs and (U.S. Rep. Liz) Cheney supporters, for following the law and completing its role in sending 3 names to the Governor so he can fill the vacancy created when Jillian Balow resigned, the same way elected official vacancies have been filled for decades in our state,” Eathorne said.  

Balow resigned as superintendent of public instruction earlier this month to take a similar position in Virginia. Under Wyoming law, Gov. Mark Gordon is to select a replacement to finish her unexpired term — which runs until January 2023 — from a list of three nominees submitted by the Wyoming Republican Party’s central committee.

The lawsuit alleges that because the central committee is made up of three representatives from each county, counties with smaller populations have a greater influence over such decisions than counties with large populations, a violation of the equal protection clause of the Wyoming and U.S. constitutions.

Eathorne said on Wednesday that for the plaintiffs, the situation was not about the Constitution, but about control.

“If you ever wondered what Wyoming’s self-appointed good ol’ boys club looks like, this is it – former and current newspaper owners, Democrats, high-level university administrators, former legislators, wealthy elite, self-important Cheyenne lawyers, and all represented by Democrat (Former Gov. Dave) Freudenthal’s former Attorney General, Pat Crank,” he said.

He added that the plaintiffs had one thing in common: none of them were currently elected to serve Wyoming Republicans.

“They represent Wyoming’s past, full of smoky back rooms and political side deals,” Eathorne said. “They cannot stand that the Wyoming Republican grassroots has risen up and can outvote the lobbyists and lawyers who have controlled Wyoming politics in the past. These are the same people who support Liz Cheney, fight to preserve the ability for Democrats to crossover and interfere in Wyoming Republican primaries, vigorously oppose runoff elections, and seek to tear down and defeat Conservative principles.”

The party’s central committee selected three nominees for Gordon’s consideration from a field of 12 applicants during a meeting Saturday.

Gordon interviewed the three Tuesday and, by law, is to select a replacement for Balow by midnight Thursday. Gordon has been ordered by a federal judge not to make the selection before midnight Thursday to give the parties in the lawsuit a chance to comment on a request for a temporary restraining order that would block Gordon from picking any of the nominees.

Eathorne said the plaintiffs in the lawsuit view certain Republicans as “pawns on their chess board who are expendable in the service of their king.”

“The current leaders of the Wyoming Republican Party view grassroots Republicans much differently,” Eathorne said. “We view you as our friends and neighbors, the voters who elected precinct men and women all over the State, who have worked hard and tamed this western landscape we call home. We have held town halls to encourage the grassroots all over the State to let their voices be heard on issues important to their communities, about Liz Cheney’s treasonous behavior, and the overreaching COVID shutdown of Wyoming’s small business, churches, and gathering places.”

He added that the plaintiffs have argued an unelected bureaucrat should remain in Balow’s position instead of adhering to the process set forth in law to fill the vacancy. Eathorne pointed out that Kari Eakins, the interim superintendent, is a Democrat, which she has been registered as since 2010.

“At a time when Wyoming needs this Superintendent to stand up to Joe Biden’s radical agenda and defend Wyoming’s children, they want an unelected Democrat to fill that role rather than follow a statutory process that they have never complained about before,” Eathorne said.

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Romney To Stump For Cheney At Fundraiser In March

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, will help raise money for U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney at a fundraiser in March, according to reports released Wednesday.

News outlet Reuters saw an invitation for a fundraiser being held March 14 at the home of Bobbie Kilberg, a Virginia Republican, that mentioned Romney.

Other guests stumping for Cheney at the event are to include Republican figures and critics of former President Donald Trump such as former Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, lobbyist Charlie Black, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney’s father.

Cheney has become an outspoken critic of Trump since the Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the U.S. Capitol. She was one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach him on allegations he incited the invasion, a vote that cost her the position of House Conference chair.

Romney, a former presidential candidate, was the sole Republican in the Senate to vote to impeach Trump in 2020 on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.

Dick Cheney joined his daughter to commemorate the anniversary of the riot earlier this month and ripped into Republican Party members for their refusal to acknowledge how dangerous the day’s events truly were.

“The importance of Jan. 6 as an historic event cannot be overstated,” Dick Cheney said. “I was honored and proud to join my daughter on the House floor to recognize this anniversary, to commend the heroic actions of law enforcement of that day and reaffirm our dedication to the Constitution.

“I am deeply disappointed at the failure of many members of my party to recognize the grave nature of the Jan. 6 attacks and the ongoing threat to our nation,” the former vice president continued.

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Wednesday.

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Hageman Tells Hannity That Liz Cheney Is Just The Same As Nancy Pelosi

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is as much an adversary to the Republican Party as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, congressional candidate Harriet Hageman told Fox News.

Hageman again attacked Cheney during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s television show last week.

“She’s as adversarial to the Republican Party as is Nancy Pelosi,” Hageman said. “She’s not representing the state of Wyoming. She’s not doing the work that we sent her to Washington, D.C. to do and it’s time for Liz Cheney to be replaced.”

Hageman also said that while she had supported Cheney in the past, she did not support her any longer.

Hannity is also no fan of Cheney, especially after the representative revealed text messages Hannity sent to former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff on the day of the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021.

Hannity questioned why Pelosi and other figures had not yet been questioned by the committee investigating the invasion, which is co-chaired by Cheney. He and Hageman said Pelosi and the mayor of Washington, D.C., did not address security concerns prior to the invasion.

“This is a witch hunt. This is about going after Donald Trump,” Hageman said, echoing similar sentiments uttered by Trump himself.

Hageman received an endorsement from Trump just hours after announcing her congressional campaign in the fall. Two candidates, Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, dropped out following her campaign announcement.

Hageman added during the Hannity appearance that Democrats and Cheney were out to destroy Trump with the Jan. 6 committee.

Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time during his time in office, more than many of her Republican detractors.

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Wyoming’s Delegation Unimpressed With Biden’s Second News Conference

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

President Joe Biden’s recent news conference missed the mark on foreign relations, and the economy, according to the members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis all made critical comments about Biden’s news conference Wednesday, the first time he has spoken with reporters for several months.

Cheney singled out Biden’s comments about tension between Russia and Ukraine for criticism.

“President Biden’s description of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine as a ‘minor incursion’ was deeply troubling & dangerous,” Cheney said. “Putin must understand that any Russian invasion will be met with a swift and overwhelming response from the US and our NATO allies.”

She was referring to a question Biden was asked about the possibility of a Cold War with Russia. Biden said he expected Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, but U.S. and NATO allies would respond with “severe costs and significant harm on Russia and the Russian economy.”

Biden used the news conference to describe his first year in office as a year of challenges, but also of progress, while discussing his plans for upcoming months.

Biden said he expects his proposed action on social issues and climate change will have to be broken up to clear Congress, meaning some of his top priorities, such as child care, may be dropped.

Lummis told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday it appears that Biden is not aware of the challenges being faced by American citizens.

“It seems like he is completely unaware of what people in Wyoming and across the country are facing every day. Empty shelves, higher prices, and stagnant wages are just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “Instead of being a unity president, he is taking every opportunity to point fingers and shift blame. The White House branded this press conference as a reset, and I truly hope it is, but it felt like more of the same. The people of Wyoming deserve better from their President.”

Barrasso had similar comments during a Senate floor speech on Wednesday afternoon, saying that the White House did not have a communication problem with Biden, it had an agenda problem.

“The White House seems to think that the cure for Joe Biden’s poll numbers is more communications from Joe Biden,” he said. “The White House doesn’t have a communications problem. It has an agenda problem. The American people understand exactly what President Biden and Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi are trying to sell. The American people aren’t buying it. Democrats don’t need a message reset. They need a better agenda for the nation.”

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New Wyo Gubernatorial Candidate Says God Told Him To Run

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

With just eight months remaining until Wyoming’s primary election, a new Republican gubernatorial candidate who said God told him to run for office has entered the race.

Cheyenne resident Aaron Nab, a truck driver who has not previously held a political office, officially announced his candidacy in late December, although he said he decided to run for governor in June.

“I have been in a very slow process to announce my candidatecy [sic] for Wyoming Governor as I am very particular and I am a very humble person as it wasn’t tell [sic] September that I really accepted that God was wanting me to do this,” Nab said on social media. “June 24th is when I finally agreed to run and I’d [sic] I wasn’t the best person for the position I would not be here as I have tried to get other people to do it so I wouldn’t have to, but here I am.”

Some of Nab’s priorities for the highest office in Wyoming include “not sit in my office hiding, be mobile around the State working and talking with the people,” fight critical race theory, expanding curriculum at Wyoming’s community colleges and make Wyoming the best state for veterans to live.

He also wants to end the construction of wind turbines and focus on the promotion of coal-generated power.

Nab’s social media postings include expressions of support for congressional candidate state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, his distaste for President Joe Biden and his love for the Bible, the “best book [he] ever read.”

Currently, two other Republicans are running for governor: incumbent Gov. Mark Gordon and Rock Springs veterinarian and frequent candidate Rex Rammell.

Gordon was elected to the office in 2018, after serving as state treasurer.

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Wyoming Congressional Candidate Changes Party Affiliation From GOP To Constitution

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

One of the candidates in the race for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House of Representatives has changed her party affiliation.

Riverton resident Marissa Selvig over the weekend announced her intention to switch her affiliation from the Wyoming Republican Party to the Wyoming Constitution Party, pointing as a reason to turmoil within the party.

“One of the main reasons I decided to change is because of what I see inside of the Republican Party, which is big money, finger pointing and negative politics,” Selvig told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. “When I’m going around the state speaking with people, I’m talking about bringing virtue back to governance and looking at how we can reform our government to get back to its constitutional state.”

The Constitution Party was formed in 1992 as the U.S. Taxpayers’ Party, but changed its name in 1999. It was founded by conservative activist Howard Phillips, who was the party’s presidential nominee in three elections.

The party’s platform is based on interpretations of the U.S. Constitution and shaped by principles set forth in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Bible.

There are two officially organized Constitution parties in the state, in Platte and Uinta counties, but the party has a presence in a handful of other counties, including Laramie and Natrona. The Wyoming Constitution Party was organized and accepted by the national party in 2010.

The last Constitution Party member to run for statewide office was Jeff Haggitt, who collected 7,905 voters in his race for the U.S. House in 2020. He finished fourth in a four-person field. Cheney won more than 185,000 votes in her 2020 bid for re-election.

Selvig said the Constitution Party best aligned with her views and that its focus of integrity, liberty and prosperity appealed to her.

While campaigning, Selvig said she has encountered many people in Wyoming over the last year who want someone like her in office, “a regular gal.”

“I am what people are looking for,” Selvig said. “I’m a self-employed musician. I’m a stay-at-home mom. I’m active in my community. They want someone who isn’t the same old kind of politician and I am not that. I find that I don’t often fit into people’s little political boxes.”

Selvig was actually an unaffiliated voter for many years, but registered with the Republican Party in 2018 in order to vote in the state’s primary election.

Prior to her run for Congress, she served as the mayor of Pavillion, Wyoming, which is located in Fremont County and has a population of about 230, from April of 2019 to April of 2020.

Now that Selvig has switched her party affiliation, the Republican race for Wyoming’s U.S. House seat is slightly less crowded. The candidates now include incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Gillette resident Denton Knapp.

Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, previously were candidates in the race, but have since dropped out.

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Rand Paul Endorses Hageman For Congress

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Congressional candidate Harriet Hageman on Monday received a non-surprising endorsement for her congressional campaign with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, a longtime political foe of incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

Paul said on Monday that he had the chance to meet with Hageman and discuss their shared conservative views of the federal government, which made him want to endorse her.

“Harriet represents the spirit of Wyoming, which is full of people who want to live their lives without the oppressive weight of the federal government on their backs,” Paul said.

“She has a record of fighting against government overreach and will bring that same tenacity to Congress. On foreign policy, she shares my view that we should pursue policies that put America First,” he said. “I encourage everyone to get behind Harriet Hageman and make her the next congresswoman from Wyoming.”

Hageman thanked Paul for his endorsement, saying it indicates that her campaign is doing something right.

“Sen. Paul is a national leader in the conservative movement, and his views are perfectly in line with Wyomingites, who are largely libertarian in nature,” she said. “Just as I have in my professional life, as a member of Congress I will fight for Wyoming, putting our people and America first. We need a member of Congress who will stand up to the Biden administration and the unelected bureaucracy that is relentless in its quest to take away our ability to control our own future.”

Hageman, a Cheyenne attorney who supported Cheney’s initial run for Congfress in 2016, announced her GOP primary challenge to Cheney in September, with an endorsement from former President Donald Trump quickly following.

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler declined to comment about Paul’s endorsement.

Paul endorsed Leland Christensen, one of Cheney’s opponents in her first GOP primary for the U.S. House, in 2016. Cheney defeated Christensen by more than 16 percentage points.

However, their feud stretches back to before Cheney’s time in Congress, with the Kentucky senator mocking her run for U.S. Senate in 2013.

“When I heard Liz Cheney was running for Senate I wondered if she was running in her home state of Virginia,” Paul said at the time.

Nor has Cheney shied away from throwing barbs at Paul herself. She has even said the jabs she and Paul have exchanged can be “enlightening,” according to Politico.

“Rand and I do have one thing in common, though. We’re both 5’2” tall,” she tweeted once about the senator.

Last year, Paul said he didn’t think Cheney was good for the country and alleged that she was trying to sabotage Trump’s foreign policy.

“I mean she tries to sabotage everything he tries to do in foreign policy, so I don’t know whether she’s a good advocate for the president or not,” Paul said in July 2020.

Cheney voted with Trump more than 90% of the time when he was in office, while Paul only voted with him about 69% of the time, according to the political voting tracking website, FiveThirtyEight.

Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin, who represented Wyoming in Congress from 1995 to 2007, has joined about 20 current and former elected officials to back Hageman in her challenge of Cheney.

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.

Current legislators who have endorsed her include Rep. John Bear, R-Gillette, Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle and Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett.

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