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Dueling Groups Of Legislators Demand Lummis, Barrasso Reject Gun Control Bill In Congress

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

Some of Wyoming’s most conservative state legislators have sent two separate letters to U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, demanding they not support gun control legislation currently moving through Congress. 

The first of the letters was written by 12 members of the Wyoming House Freedom Caucus on June 10, while the second was spearheaded by Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Robert Wharff, R-Evanston, and signed by a collection of senators and representatives one week later on June 17.

The timing and authorship of the two different letters has created a small rift among firearms rights advocates.

Mark Jones, national director of Gun Owners of America’s national director of hunter’s programs, said Bouchard is posturing as a strong Second Amendment supporter writing his own letter one week after the Freedom Caucus wrote its letter.

“Senator Bouchard is playing fast and loose with the truth,” Jones said.

Jones pointed to Bouchard’s repeated votes against the Second Amendment Protection Act in this year’s legislative session. 

Bouchard said he voted against the bill because it did not go far enough to protect firearms, but Jones said this is disingenuous and said he would give Bouchard a grade of “F” when it comes to his votes on the Second Amendment.

“He promotes himself as a Second Amendment champion,” Jones said. “He picks and chooses when he supports things.”

Bouchard and Jones are frequent foes in testifying on proposed firearms legislation in the Legislature.

Bouchard founded Second Amendment advocacy group Wyoming Gun Owners and is still on friendly terms with the organization. He was given a 100% grade for his votes by the National Rifle Association in 2020 but only a 68% grade by pro-gun group LEAP Forward that same year.

Bouchard is running for U.S. Congress against Harriet Hageman, who Gun Owners of America has endorsed, and incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

Bouchard did not respond to a request for comment.

Wharff said Bouchard has an unquestionably strong record on Second Amendment issues and he, like Bouchard, did not vote for the SAPA because it was toothless.

“They knew damn good and well that bill would do nothing,” he said.

Wharff described Jones as a “nobody” and a “Johnny come lately” because he suspects someone recruited him to move to Wyoming.

He said Jones never spoke to him during the Legislature’s budget session and added he could not remember a time in the past when two pro-gun groups were in active opposition to each other in Wyoming.

Wharff said no one reached out to him about the first letter and he did not read it until after he signed the second one. He said he considered himself a member of the Freedom Caucus in the past, but now suspects he is being pushed out of the House group because he is running for the Senate.

Past Freedom Caucus members Reps. Dan Laursen, R-Powell and Bill Fortner, R-Gillette are also running for Senate and were also left off the original letter. Laursen and Fortner signed on to the second letter.

Rep. Mark Jennings, R-Sheridan, said he and other members of the Freedom Caucus were annoyed because Bouchard and Wharff did reach out to get signatures from their group but many of these signatures were left off the second document. Wharff said this is not true and said no signatures sent in time were left off their letter.

Only one legislator – Rep. Scott Heiner, R-Green River – is listed on both letters.

Jones said Wyoming’s Freedom Caucus led the country as the first group of state legislators to oppose the federal gun control legislation that passed through the U.S. House on June 8. He said similar-minded caucuses in Pennsylvania and Texas followed suit with their own efforts after the Freedom Caucus letter was written.

“It was used as an example of liberty and freedom,” Jones said. “It was used as an example all across America.”

The two letters are similar in their purpose and overall message. Both oppose red flag laws — under which a relative, friend or police officer can recommend that a court remove a person’s firearms — and any gun control measures.

The proposed federal legislation comes in response to a series of mass shooting events in recent months that killed dozens of people.

In its letter, the Freedom Caucus focuses on school security steps that could be taken to prevent such atrocities. The letter points to a Wyoming law that allows school districts to decide if they will allow their teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom as a solution that could be brought to a national level.

“It is clear from our country’s history that those who will obey the laws of this land will do so while armed,” the letter said. “Yet, those who will perpetrate evil, will do so with or without arms and when the prior are the armed, the latter are the meeker.”

Bouchard and Wharff’s letter addresses Barrasso and Lummis more directly, immediately questioning their loyalty to opposing gun control.

“It is being reported by various media outlets that you are supportive of the draconian gun control measures, including red flag gun confiscation being fast tracked through Congress right now,” the letter says.

This is a reference to a June 7 CNN story that appeared to show U.S. Lummis having a change of heart on some gun control measures. Her spokesperson, Abegail Cave, said her positions have not shifted.

“She is a strong defender of the Second Amendment, and will always defend the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms,” Cave said.

Lummis was categorized as giving new consideration to the package of bills that could include changes to red flag laws, mental health programs, school security and juvenile background checks because of an uptick in calls made to her office. 

“That’s something that I’d be inclined to want to look at,” CNN reported Lummis saying. “So many juvenile records seem to be expunged and the clock is set back to zero the day they turn 18. So I think that is something worth considering shortly.”

Bouchard’s letter also questions Barrasso’s loyalty by mentioning he was standing next to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, when he proclaimed support for the gun control measures headed to the Senate.

Jennings said he has not heard back from either senator on the topic. Wharff said he had some encouraging initial conversations with Barrasso but was disturbed when he later saw him standing by McConnell when he made his statement.

“That was very troubling to me, to see a senator I have nothing but respect for standing behind the leader of the senate,” Wharff said. “That’s a show of support.”

Wharff said he spoke with a member of Lummis’ staff but not the senator herself. He said he worries this conversation led to a conflation of red flag laws with mental health issues and said he kept mental health out of the second letter to avoid confusion.

Neither letter mentions addressing mental health issues, but Wharff said he is a firm supporter of mental health and believes a failure to handle these types of issues is part of what leads to mass shooting events.

Neither Barrasso or Lummis were part of a group of 20 senators — half Republicans, half Democrats — who announced they have reached an agreement on the outlines of what would be the first federal gun-control bill in more than 25 years. Among its provisions, the legislation would increase federal funding for school security and create a federal grant program to entice states into adopting “red-flag” laws — laws that would allow guns and ammunition to be kept “out of the hands of individuals whom a court has determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others.”

Bouchard’s letter focuses on these red flag laws. 

“If this measure comes to fruition, a vote for it will directly enable the spread of confiscation laws throughout the country and further normalize support for the eventual disarmament of this nation,” the letter said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Barrasso issued a firm statement about his position on red flag laws.

“While we must find a better way to identify troubled individuals early, we need to ensure the rights of law-abiding Americans are protected.,” Barrasso said. “I do not support federal red flag legislation and do not believe the federal government has a role in such laws. I will continue to oppose legislation that jeopardizes the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”

Jennings said Second Amendment rights have improved over the past two decades and said he is firmly against any gun control legislation, including background checks and removal of the gun show loophole in Wyoming.

 “I don’t see that as very valid to push that forward,” he said.

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Bouchard Accuses Wyoming Hospital Association Director Of Defamation Over Complaint

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A video showing an exchange between a Wyoming hospital lobbyist and two Wyoming senators does not appear to be as tense as what was described when one of the senators was removed from his committees as punishment for the incident.

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, on Wednesday released a video of an exchange between him, fellow Sen. Tom James, R-Green River, and Eric Boley, president of the Wyoming Hospital Association, that prompted Boley to file a complaint against Bouchard with legislative leaders.

In his complaint, Boley said Bouchard had been “combative” and “disrespectful” to witnesses offering testimony in front of legislative committees during the Legislature’s budget session.

During the exchange, Boley said, Bouchard and James tried to intimidate him.

“They entered my personal space and confronted me in an abusive and demanding tone and tried to intimidate me with their body language,” Boley wrote.

The security video from the exchange in the Senate lobby, posted by Bouchard to his Facebook page, shows the three men having a discussion the morning of March 8. There is no sound to the video.

Bouchard and James stand opposite to Boley in the video, and Bouchard is seen in profile. During the 4-minute video, Bouchard can be seen gesturing somewhat with his right hand, with his left hand in his pants pocket.

James’ back is to the camera, so his hands cannot be clearly seen, but according to Bouchard, they were in his suspenders.

Boley also gestures with both hands during the confrontation, pointing and moving his hand, palm open, around while talking with the senators.

Boley did not return requests from Cowboy State Daily for comment, but Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily that Boley’s actions in filing the complaint were “dishonest” and “damaging.”

“I reviewed all the committee video that Boley cited by date in his complaint, as well as my attorney,” Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily. “It looks bad for them. There’s nothing to substantiate Boley’s story.”

As a result of Boley’s complaint, Bouchard was removed from his committee assignments by the state Senate. The Legislature’s Management Council is supposed to determine whether the evidence against Bouchard is enough to proceed with a formal hearing.

“The five on the committee that are tasked with review all voted to strip me of my committee assignments,” Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily. “I’m sure they are having quite the conversation behind closed doors.”

He added he believed would be left with a dilemma, since there was no evidence against him.

“If they choose not to move this complaint forward, they’ve already taken action against me, which incriminates the senators that took action,” Bouchard said. “If they choose to move forward, it goes to a full public hearing and I get to prove…what is going on using the very evidence that’s on video.”

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Bouchard Says $5,800 Per Person DC Fundraiser For Hageman Proves She’s No Different Than Cheney

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and Harriet Hageman may be locked in a battle for the nomination to Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, but they are really the same, according to fellow candidate Sen. Anthony Bouchard — foragers in the Washington, D.C., swamp with few real ties to Wyoming.

Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, continued Wednesday to fire shots at his two GOP primary opponents, saying a fundraiser being held in Washington, D.C., for Hageman shows she relies on the same sources for campaign donations as Cheney.

On Tuesday, Bouchard shared a flier for the much-talked about $5,800 per person fundraiser being hosted for Hageman by Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday night.



The fundraiser is being co-hosted by more than 100 House Republicans.

But Bouchard said it proves his allegation that Hageman and Cheney are synonymous — as are the photos he has posted of the two former friends together.

“Hageman’s latest campaign ad slams Cheney for ties to the Swamp and home in Virginia. Hageman then goes to the same D.C. Swamp for support and to raise money,” he said in posting the fundraising announcement.

To further make his point, Bouchard mentioned that Hageman has owned a home in the District of Columbia since 2019.

A spokesman for Hageman’s campaign said she bought the home as part of her work with a nonprofit legal firm fighting for conservative causes.



In his usual colorful language, Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily that Hageman’s home ownership in Washington should be telling to all Wyoming voters.

“It exposes her as a Beltway Swamp critter, feeding at the D.C. trough,” he said on Wednesday.

As for the fundraiser itself, Bouchard noted it is being hosted by a prominent Washington insider, lobbyist Jeff Miller, who is a lobbyist for Pfizer.

Bouchard’s spokesperson April Poley said this is particularly hypocritical of Hageman.

“Hageman made a post on her [Facebook] page yesterday against (Anthony) Fauci (chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden), but today she is holding a fundraiser at the home of one of the DC Swamp’s biggest lobbyists and he lobbies for Pfizer,” she said of Miller.

Poley said Hageman and Cheney are “two peas in a pod” and have “sold their souls to the devil.”

To Bouchard, the fundraiser is another sign that the two candidates are no different from each other.

“I knew Harriet wouldn’t be able to resist the Swamp creatures, and she jumped into the deepest part,” Bouchard said.

Hageman campaign manager Carly Miller told Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday that the congressional candidate was born and raised in Wyoming and has been fighting for the water, property and constitutional rights of the people in the state for the bulk of her professional career.

“In 2019, Harriet took a tele-commuting position with a non-profit law firm in Washington, D.C., where she has been fighting vaccine mandates, RFID eartag mandates, the bump-stock ban, and against other government abuses, all at no charge to the clients,” Miller said, mentioning that Hageman’s condo is 550 square-feet on the third floor of a building without an elevator.

“Harriet is proud of the fact that her future conservative colleagues in Congress have rallied behind her candidacy, because that means she will actually be able to get things done when she represents Wyoming in the House,” she continued.

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler declined to comment.

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Management Council Will Determine If Formal Investigation Against Bouchard Will Be Launched

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The complaint about Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, that contributed to his removal from his legislative committees has been forwarded to the Legislature’s Management Council, Senate leaders told Bouchard.

Senate President Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, sent Bouchard a letter late Monday informing the Cheyenne senator that the Management Council would determine if a formal investigation against Bouchard stemming from the complaint filed by the Wyoming Hospital Association should be launched.

“The Subcommittee must determine if the factual situation is sufficient to warrant a reasonably prudent person to believe that you committed misconduct,” the letter said.

Bouchard, Dockstader, and Senate Vice President Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Tuesday.

Bouchard has until March 25 to respond to the complaint.

Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that there are hours of recorded committee meetings that prove WHA president Eric Boley’s claims against him are false.

“Let me be clear, in the event of another pandemic, the hospitals and their lobbyist Eric Boley are dead against grandma having rights to visitation,” Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily. “Their testimony shows it. A high-paid lobbyist like Eric Boley has everything to gain by removing an elected official like me from committees.”

On social media, Bouchard called the situation a “kangaroo court.”

“Senate President Dockstader wants to see if there was probable cause? You just can’t make this stuff up!” Bouchard wrote. “Taking action and stripping me of all committees, before even determining probable cause for an investigation under Rule 22 is like putting the Cart before the Horse.”

Last week, Boley filed a complaint against Bouchard, calling him “combative” and “disrespectful.”

“Sen. Anthony Bouchard’s behavior this past year has consistently been combative and disrespectful to the witnesses, committee members and the chairman,” Boley wrote. “He has been consistently disruptive to the work of the committee and has had a chilling effect on people wishing to offer public testimony.”

Boley pointed to one such incident that allegedly occurred last week, when he was approached by Bouchard and Sen. Tom James, R-Green River, about an amendment to a bill he had been asked to prepare for consideration by the Senate.

“They entered my personal space and confronted me in an abusive and demanding tone and tried to intimidate me with their body language,” Boley wrote.

Boley said he delivered the amendment to another senator as requested by the chairman of a Senate committee, but Bouchard was “furious” at Boley for not directly delivering it to him. He said Bouchard threatened him with a video that would “expose the fear mongering and fear tactics hospitals were using during the pandemic.”

Both Bouchard and James, speaking during the proceedings that saw Bouchard removed from his committees, denied threatening tactics were used in the incident involving Boley.

Bouchard was stripped of his committee assignments one day after Boley’s complaint was filed.

Bouchard has served in the Senate since 2017 and was re-elected in 2020 to a 4-year term. He is running against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

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Wyo Hospital Association President Lodges Complaint Against Bouchard

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A complaint (see below) calling state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, “combative” and “disrespectful” was filed with the president of the state Senate one day before the body voted to remove him from all legislative committees.

The complaint from Eric Boley, president of the Wyoming Hospital Association, was sent in a formal letter to Senate President Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, on Wednesday.

“Sen. Anthony Bouchard’s behavior this past year has consistently been combative and disrespectful to the witnesses, committee members and the chairman,” Boley wrote. “He has been consistently disruptive to the work of the committee and has had a chilling effect on people wishing to offer public testimony.”

Boley said that Bouchard has launched attacks against other lobbyists and him when they try to speak on important topics about Wyoming health care.

He added that Bouchard uses bullying and intimidation tactics, which Boley said he believed should be brought to Dockstader’s attention.

Boley pointed to one such incident that allegedly occurred earlier this week, when he was approached by Bouchard and Sen. Tom James, R-Rock Springs, about an amendment to a bill he had been asked to prepare for consideration by the Senate.

“They entered my personal space and confronted me in an abusive and demanding tone and tried to intimidate me with their body language,” Boley wrote.

Boley said he delivered the amendment to another senator as requested by the chairman of a Senate committee, but Bouchard was “furious” at Boley for not directly delivering it to him. He said Bouchard threatened him with a video that would “expose the fear mongering and fear tactics hospitals were using during the pandemic.”

“I believe [Bouchard] keeps people from testifying in committee because they are afraid of his attacks and aggressive behavior,” he wrote. “I don’t think he should have the privilege to stay on the committee when he has such a track record of complete disrespect to me and the public at large.”

Bouchard did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Friday.

Boley continued in the letter, saying that Bouchard yelled at him and called him a “liar” during an interim committee meeting in September.

On Thursday, the Cheyenne senator was stripped of his committee assignments for intimidating and disorderly conduct. The motion to remove Bouchard from his committee assignments was made by Senate President Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, who did not provide details on the incidents that spurred the allegations.

James argued on Thursday before the Senate voted to remove Bouchard from his committees that there were no threatening tactics committed against Boley, although he was not named.

“There was no threatening tactics,” James said. “It was just a matter of saying that we’re going to be transparent about what happened. There was nothing threatening.”

Bouchard, in his testimony on Thursday, downplayed the significance of his promise to create a video and said he was still planning on it.

Bouchard has served in the Senate since 2017 and was re-elected in 2020 to a 4-year term. He is running against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

He has regularly been an opponent of COVID-related regulations.

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Sen. Bouchard, WyGO’s Aaron Dorr Decry Committee Censorship on Gun Bill

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By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily

Debate over competing Second Amendment bills led to allegations this week that people wishing to speak on the issue were prevented from doing so during a committee hearing.

However, security video taken during debate on Senate File 102, the “Second Amendment Protection Act,” showed that at least one of the people who claimed to have been prevented from speaking did not approach to do so during the meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

At issue was Senate File 102, which would prohibit Wyoming government entities from using public resources to enforce federal regulations and laws seen as infringing on the Second Amendment rights of Wyoming citizens.

The bill was approved in its final Senate reading on Friday and sent to the House for review.

While supported by Wyoming law enforcement and the Gun Owners of America group, the bill was opposed by the group Wyoming Gun Owners, which instead championed Senate File 87, a bill that would make any federal law infringing on gun ownership rights, such as tax increases on ammunition, null and void in Wyoming. The bill would also allow for lawsuits to be filed against law enforcement agencies trying to enforce those federal regulations.

SF87, sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, failed to win introduction in the Senate and WyGO, represented by Aaron Dorr, criticized SF102 as “watered down.”

SF102 was discussed in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, when Dorr and Bouchard both said they were prevented from speaking against it.

Bouchard said on the Senate floor Tuesday that he was not allowed to speak on the bill.  

“I wanted to speak in committee and that got shut down pretty quick,” said Bouchard.  

Dorr echoed the statements.

“(They) won’t let us testify, won’t let Sen. Bouchard testify against the bill in committee, and now this ultimate con job has kind of come full circle,” Dorr said in a Facebook video this week.

Policy? 

Dorr told Cowboy State Daily in an interview Friday that it is “the policy of a (legislative) committee” to accept legislator testimony before others. 

But the actual guidelines, as provided by the Legislative Service Office, aren’t that simple.  

Committee chairs are instructed to hear first from a bill’s sponsor, then the bill’s experts, then its proponents, then its opponents. After that, time permitting, they may seek final public comments.  

When asked what measures he took to address the committee, Dorr said he had signed onto the witness list but Nethercott “did a hard close” on the meeting “with no notice.”

Dorr also said it was clear during the meeting that Bouchard, who was late in arriving because he had attended another committee meeting, wanted to speak on the issue.

“Whether he had his hand in the air or was jumping up and down, it was clear Sen. Bouchard was there to offer testimony on this bill,” he said.  

Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily he believed SF87 bill was not backed because the law enforcement agents had thought, mistakenly, that it could have left them individually vulnerable to lawsuits.

Byron Oedekoven, executive director of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, countered in his own interview that SF87 was unclear and may have forbidden police officers from participating in any federal task force or participating in any firearms investigation, even one dealing with traditionally illegal activity.   

Security Footage 

Cowboy State Daily reviewed two security footage videos of the meeting and one public recording of it (see below).

In the security footage, multiple speakers rose and went to the microphone to testify. 

During breaks between speakers, Dorr did not rise from his chair. He often leafed through papers or looked at his cell phone.  

The video also showed Bouchard leaning on or standing near a wall by the entrance for about 25 minutes, while six different speakers took turns at the microphone.  

After the sixth speaker, Oedekoven, Bouchard raised his hand to just above his shoulder level for approximately 2 seconds. 

He later told Cowboy State Daily that Nethercott “looked right at him” at that juncture.

During this time, Nethercott, who had repeatedly cautioned presenters that time was limited, said “Further public comment…? It’s 9:43. You’ve got – counting down now – we will adjourn this meeting at 9:47.” 

While she was still speaking, Mark Jones of Gun Owners of America, which supported SF102 to the criticism of WyGO, crossed to the microphone and sat down.  

Bouchard walked toward the front of the room and stood just behind the front row of seats, against the wall. He remained there for about eight minutes, after which he sat down in the front row next to Dorr. Both remained seated until the meeting adjourned.  

Once the meeting was over, Bouchard walked to Nethercott.  

“Thanks for letting me talk,” was the sarcastic statement he recalled saying to Nethercott.  

There is no audio track on the security footage. Nethercott did not comment on the exchange.  

Next, Bouchard gestured pointedly toward Hicks, spoke with him, and eventually lifted both hands in the air as if in frustration as Hicks left the room.  

Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily he could not remember the exact wording of that exchange. Hicks did not comment.  

Collision 

In his Facebook video, Dorr commented on an incident earlier in the week when Senate Majority Floor Leader Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, bumped into Sen. Tom James, R-Green River.

Dorr said Driskill is “feeling so much pressure he’s physically assaulting members of the senate.”  

A security video of the incident seemed to show Driskill bumping into James in a space between desks on the Senate floor.

Driskill said he accidentally bumped into James. James has not commented on the incident.

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Bouchard’s Campaign Donations Evaporate In Latest Quarter Report

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Donations have slowed for the congressional campaign of state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, who brought in about $26,000 in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to the latest Federal Election Commission reports.

Bouchard brought in $25,867 during the fourth quarter of the year, FEC reports showed. This was third in the congressional race, with incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney bringing in $2 million during the same period and Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman bringing in a little more than $443,000.

“There’s no doubt that out-of-state billionaires raising the bulk of my opponent’s money have changed the dynamics here in Wyoming,” Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday. “I’ll do what I’ve been doing since being elected in 2016, and that’s continue to fight for the people, while staying the course in this campaign.”

After announcing his campaign to unseat Cheney, Bouchard brought in donations of six figures during the first two quarters of the campaign season.

However, following the revelation that Bouchard impregnated and married a teenager when he was younger, as well as Hageman’s entry into the race, donations slowed.

In the first quarter of the campaign, Bouchard raised $334,541. In the second, he saw a total of $213,327 in donations.

The third quarter saw Bouchard’s campaign donations fall by more than half, with $65,560 raised during that period. Bouchard actually came in fourth during this period, beat out by Cheney, Hageman and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, who has since dropped out of the race.

Hageman entered the congressional race in September, with a glowing endorsement from former President Donald Trump quickly following. Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and Gray both dropped out of the race following her campaign announcement.

However, Poley told Cowboy State Daily in the third quarter that Bouchard had no intention of dropping out of the race, despite the donation slowdown. In October, she said that he was focused on more pressing issues.

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Bouchard Calls For Removal Of ‘Clot Shot’ COVID Vaccines

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. House candidate and state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, is calling for the eradication of the COVID vaccines, which he referred to as the “clot shot.”

Bouchard made a series of social media posts on Monday decrying the vaccines and calling for them to be pulled off of the market because of what he described as adverse health effects from their use.

“The vaccine needs to be taken off the market. It should be removed immediately! #StopClotShot,” he wrote in one post.

The term “clot shot” refers to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which was temporarily pulled from the market because it caused blood clots in a handful of patients. It has since been made available again.

It was not clear if Bouchard was referring only to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or also to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

In another post, Bouchard claimed that doctors said 300,000 patients had developed heart disease from “post-pandemic stress disorder,” although he did not cite any experts or data to support the claim.

Bouchard also shared video testimony from the Legislature’s Health and Labor Committee meeting in November, when a Cheyenne nurse said she suffered an injury from the vaccine and was unable to work because of her reaction to the shot.

“Facebook won’t allow me to promote the testimony, and no media source in WY will report about the two people that waited all day and finally were able to speak (at the hearing) at 7pm,” Bouchard said. “There are others being silenced. Furthermore, WY state government is spending big money advertising for people to get the jab, but they are breaking the spirit of the law— ‘labeling and disclaimers’ is why the FDA was formed. There are zero disclaimers at the end of these ads. All we hear from the government is that it’s completely safe. Even Doctors that go against the tide are fired. This is all wrong. A choice based on censorship isn’t a choice. And a ‘choice’ isn’t one when it’s coerced.”

While Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti declined to directly comment on Bouchard’s claims, she told Cowboy State Daily on Monday that the vaccines were effective.

“We are going to decline to respond directly on this other than to say millions of Americans and thousands of Wyoming residents have safely received these vaccines,” she said.

Bouchard has regularly criticized the vaccines and touted controversial remedies such as hydroxychloroquine.

According to GetVaccineAnswers.org, which has information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 170 million people in the United States, including 96% of medical doctors, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID vaccines have been through the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, according to the website.

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Sen. Bouchard Calls Senate Colleagues “Slime Ball” and “Liar”; Says They Should Resign

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, took to name-calling his fellow senators on Friday, labeling one a “slime ball” and the other a “swamp monster.”

Bouchard, who is also running for U.S. House, said Senate Majority Floor Leader Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, was a “flat-out liar.”

Although he didn’t specify what Driskill was allegedly lying about, he posted a graphic of the vote count for a defeated Senate bill (SF-1012) which would have allowed doctors to prescribe any medicine for the treatment of Covid-19 and pharmacists the ability to fill such prescriptions without penalty.

The vote count showed Driskill voted against the bill.

Bouchard said he and Driskill had discussed hydroxychloroquine (a controversial alleged COVID treatment in which Bouchard is a proponent) and that Driskill said doctors in his area would not prescribe the medication for his wife who was ill with the virus.

Bouchard claimed he referred Driskill to a doctor who would treat his wife with the drug.

“She got what most people could NOT get. They got their prescription outside of WY,” Bouchard wrote on Facebook Friday. ” Oggie is playing games with legislation that would advance Covid Early Treatment practices, he needs to Resign!”

He also claimed that Driskill was taking Ivermectin (another controversial COVID drug that also doubles as a horse medication) during the special session and that Driskill got the OK to do so from Sen. Eric Barlow, R-Gillette.

“Real Leaders don’t play games with life matters. But Swamp Monsters do,” Bouchard wrote.

Mudslinging

Driskill told Cowboy State Daily on Friday that Bouchard was twisting the facts in order to drag his “reputation through the mud.”

Driskill explained that around December 2020, his wife was ill with COVID and she was not getting better. During a committee meeting, he mentioned that she was sick.

He said that Bouchard came to him and recommended a Cheyenne doctor who would prescribe “Trump’s cure.”

“The doctor did a tele-health meeting with my wife, which I was not a part of, where he prescribed her medication, which I then picked up at a Walgreens in Spearfish, South Dakota,” Driskill said.

Until Friday, when his wife spoke with Cowboy State Daily and confirmed the medication she received from the doctor (which included hydroxychloroquine), Driskill did not know what medicine she had taken to recover from COVID.

Driskill also noted that he spoke with the Wyoming Board of Health, which told him that doctors in Wyoming could prescribe any medication, on or off-label, that they saw fit and that no doctors have been censured or had privileges revoked in the last decade.

Did Take Ivermectin

Driskill did also confirm that he took one dose of Ivermectin before the special session began and one during the session, but that he didn’t ask Barlow for permission to take it.

“He’s a veterinarian, so I asked him what the side effects would be for a human taking this kind of medicine,” he said. “He works with this kind of stuff all day, so I wanted to know if it would make me go blind or make my liver sick if I took it. But, I went to a number of people about it, not just Dr. Barlow.”

Driskill also noted that while he took two doses of Ivermectin, that was his personal choice and he would not recommend anyone else do so. He is also vaccinated against COVID, he confirmed.

“I’ve got my own faults and there are many, but to have lies and slander that affect your reputation and the way people look at you differently, people will start to think there is something there,” he said.

“This is clearly an attempt to either not get me to run again or damage my reputation enough that I get beaten in the election. It doesn’t have anything to do with vaccines or anything else.”

“Slime Ball”

After Driskill, Bouchard set his sights on Senate Vice President Larry Hicks, R-Baggs.

Although he didn’t provide any examples or explain his accusation, Bouchard accused Hicks of using Senate PAC money to “quiet” him during his primary election.

“It’s not just his actions during the kabuki theater special session. Senate Vice President Larry Hicks tried to use Senate PAC money to quiet me in August of 2020,” Bouchard wrote.

“He couldn’t get off the phone fast enough when I told him I was taking no PAC money for my 2020 race. Larry is a slime ball. He needs to resign! Drain Wyoming’s Swamp!”

Hicks did not immediately respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment on Friday.

Drain The Swamp

April Poley, Bouchard’s congressional campaign spokeswoman, said the senator was just “calling out the swamp” in Wyoming.

“He calls out the swamp. He always has. He always will. The swamp isn’t just in DC. Wyoming has its own swamp in Cheyenne,” she told Cowboy State Daily on Friday.

“Staying silent on swamp activity would be equivalent to participating in it. Legislators are expected to turn a blind eye to the hypocrisy of legislative leadership and their committee assignments and progression of any bills they sponsor, depends on that silence.”

She also called Driskill a hypocrite.

“Driskell voted against Bouchard’s bill regarding COVID treatments yet when his wife was on the verge of being hospitalized last year, he was more than happy to take the help of drugs most WY voters so not have access to. Hypocrite,” she said.

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Bouchard Not Dropping Out Despite Campaign Donation Slowdown

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Congressional candidate state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, has no intention of dropping out of the race, despite a significant slowdown of donations to his campaign fund.

Bouchard campaign spokeswoman April Poley told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that the senator was not currently focused on fundraising, but on other, more pressing issues.

“He is focused on several state issues right now, primarily the sexual harassment issue in the Wyoming National Guard, COVID mandates and red flag gun laws,” Poley said.

A “red flag” gun law is one that allows police or family members to petition a court for an order to temporarily confiscate a person’s firearms.

Bouchard came in fourth for campaign fundraising for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat in the third quarter of the year with $65,560, putting his total campaign donations for the year at $526,600.

Federal Election Commission reports show U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney received $1.7 million between July 1 and Sept. 30, followed by Harriet Hageman, who raised $301,921 even though she did not join the race until early September, with less than one month to go in the fundraising reporting cycle.

State Rep. Chuck Gray, who stepped out of the race when Hageman announced her candidacy and won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, collected $113,195 during the quarter.

Poley said that Hageman should have raised even more money in September because of the national attention she received with her endorsement by Trump.

Bouchard raised $334,451 in the first quarter of 2021 and $213,327 in the second.

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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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Bouchard Defends Removed Facebook Post Wishing For Fauci To Be Executed

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Congressional candidate Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, has no regrets about a social media post he made last week suggesting the execution of White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, a spokeswoman told Cowboy State Daily on Monday.

Last week, Bouchard posted a meme to his campaign page about Fauci that alleged he lied about the COVID pandemic and suggesting he should be prosecuted.

“After prosecution, the chair, the gallows, or lethal injection?” Bouchard wrote in the post, which was accompanied by an image of Fauci superimposed and a hanging noose. The senator told WyoFile that he made the meme himself.

As of Monday, the post had been removed, and campaign spokeswoman April Poley was not sure why it had been taken down, she told Cowboy State Daily.

However, she did say that she didn’t believe the senator had any regrets about making the post.

“I think he is pretty clear with his thoughts on Fauci in that post,” she told Cowboy State Daily on Monday.

Fauci has been criticized for his handling of the pandemic, especially by Bouchard. The senator has expressed his displeasure at Fauci for not promoting the controversial coronavirus treatments of ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine, both of which Bouchard has touted in social media posts.

“Fauci lied. People died,” Poley said.

Bouchard has never been one to shy away from expressing his opinions, whether they be controversial or not, Poley said, adding he is not the type of person to check on what voters think about an issue before commenting.

“He doesn’t do voter opinion polling before he says what he thinks,” she said.

Bouchard is one of the candidates staying in the congressional race following Cheyenne attorney Harriet Hageman’s announcement last week that she would be seeking the Republican nomination for Wyoming’s lone House of Representatives seat. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Hageman just hours after she announced her run.

Bouchard said Wyoming voters shouldn’t trust Hageman because she “was a close friend of Cheney.”

“Harriet has never been elected,” Bouchard said. “She doesn’t have a voting record, and now the voters should trust a party operative that is a long time close friend of Cheney? Trump has once again surrounded himself with the wrong advisors and he’s endorsed the same candidate that Liz Cheney would endorse to replace her in her congressional seat.”

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Bouchard, Health Care Workers Protest Banner Health’s Vaccine Mandate In Worland

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard joined health care workers in Worland on Monday to protest a vaccine mandate issued by Banner Health, a health care company which has a facility in the community.

Protestors held signs which read “Coercion is not consent” and “Freedom not force” and featured comments by Bouchard, who is also running for U.S. Congress.

“It was great to stand with the patriots in protest of Banner Health’s ‘Jab or else’ policy in [Worland],” Bouchard wrote on his Facebook page. “The healthcare industrial complex needs to get out of WY! I hear other hospitals are recruiting. This could be a big loss for the community if they force it on the employees.”

Banner Health, one of the largest U.S. health system employers, is requiring its employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by November 1 or lose their jobs. The organization announced this mandate in July.

Dr. Ronald Burinsky, a physician from Basin, Wyoming, supported the Labor Day protest and legislation to thwart the requirement.

“Pass the law, like in Montana, to make mandatory vaccines and other mandates illegal,” Burinsky wrote on Bouchard’s page.

Earlier this year, Montana passed a law — which was widely condemned by the medical community — that does not allow for private employers to require vaccinations.

“This is against everything we’ve ever known or believed about public health,” Dr. Pamela Cutler, president of the Montana Medical Association, told the Associated Press. “I believe it’s a travesty now and it needs to be fixed so that we can make our offices safe for patients and our coworkers.”

Banner Health operates multiple health care systems in Wyoming, including the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper and clinics in Torrington, Wheatland, Guernsey, Douglas, Worland and more.

No other Wyoming-owned hospitals or health care systems in the state have implemented a vaccine mandate, although some, such as Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, have created incentive programs for employees who do get vaccinated.

Banner is implementing the requirement for several reasons, including the rise of the Delta variant of coronavirus, the need to protect its patients and workforce and to prepare for flu season.

In July, Banner launched an incentive program for employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a lottery that saw 10 vaccinated employees receive $10,000 each.

Banner has also provided its employees with pay for time away to get vaccinated, mileage reimbursement and points toward its wellness program that offers discounts on health insurance.

Banner Health employs roughly 52,000 people throughout the U.S., operating in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

Bouchard has been a proponent of alternative methods of combating the virus, such as encouraging the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, neither of which are recommended for use against COVID by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, the use of ivermectin has been touted by some popular figures, including podcast superstar Joe Rogan — who the New York Times recently called “too big to cancel.”

Rogan, who signed a $100 million podcasting contract last year with Spotify, recently announced he has recovered from COVID and credits usage of ivermectin, a deworming veterinary drug used on cows and horses but is also prescribed to target parasitic infections in humans.

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Cheney Opponents Call Her “Traitor” and “Climbing Ranks of Dem Party” After Jan 6 Committee Appointment

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Two of the candidates for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat criticized U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney after she was appointed vice chair of the Jan. 6 commission on Thursday, with both saying she is more supportive of the Democrat Party than the Republican.

Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, and Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday that Cheney was acting in a traitorous fashion by accepting the appointment.

“In her true form, Liz Cheney is climbing the ranks of the Democrat Party instead of working for the Republican voters in Wyoming that put her in office,” Bouchard said.

“Liz Cheney is a traitor to Wyoming and all Americans,” Gray said. “She hates our western values and people who question the government.  Cheney is Nancy Pelosi’s pet.”

The Casper representative also called the commission a “plain, simple attempt to scare anyone out of questioning the results of the fraudulent election.”

“With Liz Cheney’s being appointed Vice Chair to the committee, she again signals that she believes her only duty is to maintain her family’s power in DC and quash our movement,” Gray said. “That’s disgusting, despicable, and un-American. Liz Cheney has been and will always be a sell-out to the radical socialists. Cheney must be removed from the Republican conference and removed from all of her committee assignments.”

Bouchard and Gray are among at least eight Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for Congress in the 2022 primary election.

Cheyenne businessman Darin Smith, another candidate for the office did not immediately return Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment.

The appointment of Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the panel, was announced to the leadership post on Thursday morning by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, where he said her selection “underscores the bipartisan nature” of the committee.

Cheney confirmed the in a statement Thursday morning, when she said the committee is dedicated to “conducting a non-partisan, professional, and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus has asked GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to remove Cheney from the committee.

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Bouchard Says Gordon, Harrist Lying To Wyomingites At “Don’t Fauci Our Wyoming” Rally

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State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, took on vaccines and mask requirements during a “Don’t Fauci Our Wyoming” rally at the Wyoming State Capitol on Monday evening, at one point referring to Gov. Mark Gordon and state Public Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist as liars.

Bouchard kicked off the rally by telling a story about when his daughter was critically sick in 2017 and doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. The Bouchard family was sent to the Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, where his daughter was given hydroxychloroquine, a Z-pack of antibiotics and steroids.

Four days later, she was much better.

“I often wonder if God put that in front of me for some reason,” Bouchard said. “Think about what’s going on here. We’ve got Australia on full lockdown and Israel, where they’re taking more vaccinations than anywhere. The health director said 40% of people are getting [COVID-19] all over again. Now they’re talking about a third shot. If we follow their plan, where are we going to be?”

It was the issue of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus that prompted Bouchard’s allegations that Gordon and Harrist were lying about its effectiveness.

He went on to ask rhetorically who made Gordon a medical doctor.

Bouchard operates a septic tank pump company.

Bouchard told the crowd he was one of the few Wyoming legislators who have actually spoken with Harrist, who gave him “CNN talking points” about why medical professionals can’t use hydroxychloroquine as a cure against COVID-19.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against using hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 cure due to reports of serious heart rhythm problems and other safety issues, including blood and lymph system disorders, kidney injuries and liver problems and failure.

Bouchard said even with facemask requirements in place in some states and the growing number of people who have been given the coronavirus vaccine, some officials are discussing business lockdowns again to slow the spread of COVID.

“They’re moving the ball to lockdown again, because there isn’t a real option here,” Bouchard said. “Their plan’s not working. As we see companies [mandating vaccines], what the hell kind of America do we have? Somebody is going to take something and make you put it in your veins, even if you don’t approve? Is that America?”

Gordon told reporters on Monday, just a few hours before Bouchard’s rally, that there would be no lockdowns or mask or vaccine mandates coming from his office. However, he said he would let cities, counties and school districts make their own decisions about mask mandates.

The senator also told the crowd that Wyoming needed a governor who would appoint a state health officer who knows how to read and can also look past the “noise coming out of Washington, D.C.”

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Virginians Biggest Contributors To Cheney Campaign, More Than $220K

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Residents of Virginia have donated more than four times as much to the campaign of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as residents of Wyoming, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Reports filed with the FEC show that so far this year, Virginia residents have donated $225,646 to Cheney, making the state the top contributor in the nation for the Republican. Wyoming, with a donation total of $53,750, comes in at seventh place — behind Virginia, Washington, D.C., California, New York, Maryland and Florida.

However, the Wyoming donations to the campaigns of Cheney’s top opponents were lower, the reports showed.

State Rep. Charles Gray, R-Casper, has raised about $33,750 from individual contributors in Wyoming so far this year, while Wyoming donors for state Sen. Anthony Bouchard have contributed $28,625, according to their reports.

The candidates for U.S. House were to submit reports by Thursday detailing donations to their campaigns and what they have spent through the second quarter of the year, which ended June 30.

Of the nine individuals who have announced they plan to challenge Cheney, the second-quarter reports of only three have been posted on the FEC’s website — Bouchard, Everett Denton Knapp of Gillette and Marissa Joy Selvig of Riverton.

The report of state Rep. Charles Gray, R-Casper, had not been processed for posting on the FEC website as of Friday, however, a representative provided the campaign’s raw report to Cowboy State Daily.

Other challengers to Cheney, including Cheyenne businessman Darin Smith, Sheridan resident Bryan Miller and Sheridan businesswoman Robyn Belinskey, are not yet listed on the FEC website as candidates for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, although all announced their candidacies this spring.

The report showed that Cheney continued to handily outdistance her opponents for fundraising in the second quarter of the year, raising $1.7 million during the three months to bring her fundraising total so far this year to $3 million.

Of the money contributed to Cheney in the second quarter of the year, almost $1.5 million came from individuals and $262,500 came from political action committees.

According to Bouchard’s reports, his campaign raised $209,635 in the second quarter of the year, bringing his fundraising totals to $543,800 for the year.

All of Bouchard’s second-quarter donations came from individuals.

Gray’s second-quarter donations totaled $55,860, most of which, almost $54,615, came from individuals. The donations between April and the end of June raised Gray’s total contributions for the year to $96,014.

Another $165,194 was raised through a loan made or guaranteed by Gray during the second quarter, according to the records, raising his campaign’s total loan amount for the year to about $298,300.

The report for Knapp, who entered the race in May, showed he has raised $8,675, all if it from individuals.

Selvig’s report showed she raised $122.50 during the second quarter, all in the form of individual donations, bringing her fundraising total to $2,090 for the year.

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Bouchard, Gray Call For NPR, Public Media to Be Defunded

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Two of Wyoming’s legislators and current congressional candidates are calling for an end to federal funding for National Public Radio and other public media.

Both Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, called for defunding NPR on Monday.

“Public Media needs to be defunded! #DefundNPR #DefundTheLeft” Bouchard wrote on social media.

He added that Wyoming Republicans didn’t listen to the “liberal blather” on NPR.

Bouchard campaign spokeswoman April Poley told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that the senator made the post after being sent an article by state Rep. Bob Wharff, R-Evanston, from NPR quoting an author who maintains the Second Amendment is based in racist principles.

The article in question was a June 2 interview with historian Carol Anderson about her book “The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America,” which traces the roots of the Second Amendment and potential racist ties.

“One of the things that I argue throughout this book is that it is just being Black that is the threat. And so when you mix that being Black as the threat with bearing arms, it’s an exponential fear,” Anderson said in the interview. “This isn’t an anti-gun or a pro-gun book. This is a book about African Americans’ rights.”

Anderson was inspired to write the book after the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile, a Black man who had a license to carry a concealed weapon but was killed by police during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend posted the aftermath of the shooting on social media, causing a frenzy online.

Poley pointed out that Gray posted a similar message about defunding NPR about four hours after Bouchard’s post.

#DefundNPR,” Gray wrote on Twitter Monday morning.

Gray told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday afternoon that he saw an article from Fox News that claimed NPR described the Declaration of Independence as a document with “flaws and deeply ingrained hypocrisies.”

“The radical left-wing NPR does not hold our values and should be immediately defunded,” the representative said.

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Cheney Challengers Criticize Congresswoman’s Jan 6 Committee Assignment

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

It was a political heyday for at least three candidates who are running against Rep. Liz Cheney for Wyoming’s sole congressional seat.

The appointment by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Cheney to the Select House Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol was an opportunity for challengers of the seat to turn the incumbent into a piñata. And they took many swings.

The three candidates had different strategies. Two opponents demanded that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy remove Cheney from her other committee assignments.

“I now call on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to immediately strip Liz Cheney of her committee assignments and replace her with a trustworthy conservative who will represent the Wyoming values that Liz Cheney has abandoned,” Cheyenne lawyer Darin Smith said.

Wyoming State Rep. Chuck Gray upped the ante by calling for her removal from the House Republican Caucus as well. 

“She should immediately be removed from her committee assignments by the Republican Caucus and also be removed from the Republican Caucus itself,” Gray said.

Gray also said Cheney was a “sell-out to the radical socialists” and called her vote in favor of creating the select committee “disgusting, despicable, and un-American.”

Smith’s language, on the other hand, wasn’t as colorful, as he simply said the congresswoman “was not up to the task” of fighting and taking America back.

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, didn’t demand Cheney be removed from anything but did summarize Cheney’s appointment to his Twitter and Facebook followers in his descriptive way: “Did you miss the news today? Liz Cheney KISSED Pelosi’s ring and licked her shoes. #YUK.”

Bouchard also called himself a “Conservative Pitbull” who “will put America first.”

“Send me to the swamp, and I’ll take a chunk out of their leg,” he said.

Both Gray and Smith brought up the 2020 presidential election. Gray was more bold calling the election “illegitimate” and “fraudulent.” While Smith didn’t take a position on the validity of the election , he said there were “legitimate concerns with an election that appeared deeply flawed to millions of people.”

Smith also said the events surrounding the melee on January 6 had been mischaracterized.

“Contrary to popular belief, most people who attended the January 6th protest were peaceful and law-abiding citizens who were expressing their Constitutional right to speak, assemble, and protest,” he said.

“I know this because I was there. I’m proud to have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of my fellow citizens to express support for President Donald J. Trump and raise legitimate concerns with an election that appeared deeply flawed to millions of Americans,” Smith said. “Unfortunately, a small-mix of co-opters and/or poorly trained protesters crossed lines that should never have been crossed.”

Meanwhile, Cheney expressed appreciation for being named to the committee.

“I’m honored to have been named to serve on the January 6th select committee,” she said in a statement. “Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814.”

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Bouchard Didn’t Attend Candidate Forum Because He’s “Way Out In The Lead”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Most of the Republican candidates for Wyoming’s congressional seat appeared at a forum in Casper over the weekend, but incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and challenger state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, were not among them.

A spokeswoman for Bouchard’s campaign said there was “no way” he would attend because he leads all of Cheney’s challengers.

The forum was hosted by the conservative political action committee America First, which is led by politician K.W. Miller, and the Cowboy State Politics podcast on Saturday at the Ramkota hotel in Casper. Candidates were questioned about their stances on various policies and issues affecting both Wyoming and the United States.

Six of the eight candidates appeared at the forum, with Cheney and Bouchard being invited but choosing not to participate.

“Mark my words: any candidate that is not in the room tonight is not getting elected in 2022,” Miller said during the forum.

According to Bouchard’s spokeswoman, April Poley, there was no need for the senator to appear at the forum.

“Anthony is way out in the lead. He has no reason to attend a forum right now or any other event that involves his opponents,” Poley wrote on social media over the weekend.

She called Miller a conspiracy theorist and failed politician who only got 2.2% of the vote in the general Florida election last fall when he ran for Congress.

“He has repeatedly attacked Anthony Bouchard and the campaign, but Anthony was expected to say, ‘yes sir, right away sir’ when K.W. the narcissist told him he needed to attend his forum?” Poley said. “You can call Anthony many things but ‘butt kisser’ is not one of them. There was absolutely no way Anthony was going to show up for something involving K.W. Miller.”

Miller made headlines last year for a conspiracy theory he floated about the singer Beyonce Knowles, claiming she is not Black.

Bouchard said he has now raised more than $500,000 for his campaign against Cheney. His last official Federal Election Commission filing on March 31 put his fundraising at $334,541. According to Cheney’s FEC filing, she had raised $1.5 million by March 31.

Cheney made no mention of the forum on any of her social media accounts this weekend.

Many of Cheney’s opponents at the forum noted they were running against her due to her being “out of touch” with Wyoming voters.

This was also the reason stated by Bouchard and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, earlier this year for their decisions to run against Cheney. Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump also figured into thier decisions, they said.

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Bouchard Claims Driskill Trying to Remove Him From Committee Assignments

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

After making international news late last week by announcing he impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 18, embattled congressional candidate Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, continues to lash out at a colleague who has been critical of him.

Bouchard is now claiming that Senate Majority Leader Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, wants him removed from committee assignments in the Wyoming Senate as a result of the revelation.

“The RINO establishment led by Sen. Ogden Driskill wants to strip me of committees,” Bouchard wrote on Facebook. “Just like Pelosi did to #MTG (referring to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia). BRING IT!!”

If there is such a plan, that’s news to Driskill, who said he was surprised by the charge.

“This is just another series of lies and misinformation from Anthony Bouchard,” Driskill told Cowboy State Daily.

“I know of no movement, no discussions, or any conversations about stripping Sen. Bouchard from his committees,” Driskill said. “I have not been contacted by anyone about this.”

Driskill said Bouchard should file an official complaint with the president of the state Senate and ask for a formal investigation if he believes there is any impropriety.

“I openly challenge him to pursue it,” Driskill said. “Unlike Bouchard, I’m transparent.”

The argument spilled over onto Bouchard’s Facebook page where Driskill called the senator a “liar” after addressing him as “Romeo” — a nickname popular political columnist Rod Miller coined last week.

“PURE LIE!!!! There has been no discussion with leadership – or other Senators about ANYTHING to do with Anthony Bouchard. Another pure fabrication and lie from Romeo,” Driskill wrote.

“Oops, the media put it on the record. Sorry Oggie. Will this be another comment that you pull down, like you did yesterday?” Bouchard asked without specifying a media outlet or what was put on the record.

“You are a liar— I have had no conservation with leadership or otherwise concerning you,” Driskill said.

State Senate President Dan Dockstader told the Casper Star-Tribune that he was “looking into” whether there would be any legislative repercussions stemming from Bouchard’s revelation.

Bouchard currently sits on four committees: the Management Audit Committee, the Senate Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee, the Senate Labor, health and Social Services Committee and the Select Committee on Legislative Facilities, Technology and Processes.

Bouchard has been a member of the Wyoming Senate since 2017.

Bouchard and Driskill have been engaged in a battle of words since late last week, when Driskill was interviewed by U.K. media outlet The Daily Mail in London about Bouchard’s announcement.

“The lack of transparency he has shown is terrible,” Driskill told the outlet. “I’m not sure he should be running for Congress.”

In his 14-minute Facebook video response, Bouchard called Driskill “scum” and attacked him for talking with the Daily Mail about something that happened nearly 40 years ago.

“Ogden Driskill could have stayed out of this fight,” he said.

Driskill told Cowboy State Daily that he spoke publicly about the senator because Bouchard’s revelation was so egregious.

Driskill called Bouchard a “predator” and said there was a “huge difference” between a high school student dating a younger peer and a high school dropout who had a job and was “hanging out with 13 and 14-year-olds”.

Bouchard categorized the romance as a “Romeo and Juliet” story. The analogy was quickly condemned by the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

“Laws exist to protect young people involved in these situations,” executive director Kristen Schwartz told The Associated Press. “There’s a reason we have laws against sexual abuse of a minor and it’s because the brain of a 14-year-old is not developed enough to make mature decisions about sex and sexuality.”“

“Any language that would minimize things that are a crime is harmful. It’s harmful to survivors and it’s harmful to our greater community,” she added.

At the time, the two were able to marry because Florida law allowed marriage at any age if a pregnancy was involved and a parent consented. They were divorced about three years later, and the woman ultimately committed suicide in 1990.

Bouchard’s son, Tony Raymond Bouchard, is currently jailed at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility in Visalia, California, on multiple charges, including sodomy by use of force, sexual penetration by foreign object and false imprisonment by violence. He has been incarcerated since 2018, but hasn’t been officially convicted of the aforementioned charges.

Bouchard announced his run for Congress in January, not long after U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for the role he allegedly played in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Bouchard Upset At Sen. Driskill For Criticism; Driskill Calls Bouchard “Predator”

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Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, fired back at one of his colleagues who publicly criticized him for his announcement last week that as an 18-year-old in the 1980s, he impregnated and then married a 14-year-old girl.

In his latest Facebook video, Bouchard attacked Major Floor Leader Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, for his comments to the London Daily Mail newspaper.

“[Ogden Driskill] is the same guy that attacked me during my re-election, the same guy who jumped in with a whole host of people endorsing my opponent,” Bouchard said.

“He should be looking at all the stuff he’s done to line his pockets, all the things that benefit him as a senator,” Bouchard alleged without mentioning anything specific.

Driskill’s comments came in response to revelations that while living in Florida, Bouchard, then 18, had a relationship with and impregnated a 14-year-old girl. The two later married.

Driskill said the incident may force Bouchard to withdraw from his Republican primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

“The lack of transparency he has shown is terrible,” Driskill told the outlet. “I’m not sure he should be running for Congress.”

In his 14-minute Facebook video response, Bouchard called Driskill “scum” and attacked him for talking with the Daily Mail about something that happened nearly 40 years ago.

“Ogden Driskill could have stayed out of this fight,” he said.

Sen. Driskill told Cowboy State Daily that he spoke publicly about the senator because Bouchard’s revelation was so egregious.

“This isn’t the type of person I want in Congress to represent me,” Driskill said.

Calling Bouchard a “predator”, Driskill said there is a “huge difference” between a high school student dating a younger peer and a high school dropout who had a job and was “hanging out with 13 and 14-year-olds”.

“That was not acceptable back then,” he said. “In fact, where I’m from you took your life in your own hands if you went out to date junior high girls.”

Driskill said Bouchard’s “lack of character” should be enough to disqualify him in the eyes of voters for the congressional race. If not, Driskill said Bouchard’s legislative record says it all.

Of the 20 bills Bouchard has introduced none of them have become law, Driskill said.

“Bouchard bills are 0 – 20. True leadership,” he said sarcastically.

Bouchard’s announcement of the teenage relationship and subsequent marriage became international news on Thursday when he published the tell-all video on Facebook. He said he did it because a British news outlet was preparing to release a report about the incident.

Bouchard said the fact the incident had been revived was an example of “dirty politics” and framed the relationship as a teenage romance.

“So bottom line…two teenagers, girl gets pregnant, you’ve heard this story before,” Bouchard said in last week’s video. “She was younger than me. So it’s like the Romeo and Juliet story.”

That analogy did not set well with Kristen Schwartz, the executive director of Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, who called it “dangerous and wrong.”

“Laws exist to protect young people involved in these situations,” Schwartz told The Associated Press. “There’s a reason we have laws against sexual abuse of a minor and it’s because the brain of a 14-year-old is not developed enough to make mature decisions about sex and sexuality.”“

“Any language that would minimize things that are a crime is harmful. It’s harmful to survivors and it’s harmful to our greater community,” she added.

At the time, the two were able to marry because Florida law allowed marriage at any age if a pregnancy was involved and a parent consented. They were divorced about three years later, and the woman ultimately committed suicide in 1990.

Bouchard’s son, Tony Raymond Bouchard, is currently jailed at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility in Visalia, California, on multiple charges, including sodomy by use of force, sexual penetration by foreign object and false imprisonment by violence. He has been incarcerated since 2018, but hasn’t been officially convicted of the aforementioned charges.

Bouchard announced his run for Congress in January, not long after U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for the role he allegedly played in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Bouchard Releases Video Announcing Teen Pregnancy, Marriage From Florida Days

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Congressional candidate state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, has announced he impregnated and married a teenage girl when he was also a teen living in Florida.

In a 13-minute video posted to Facebook on Thursday, Bouchard discussed the pregnancy and marriage, although he did not specify how old he and the girl were at the time.

“So bottom line…two teenagers, girl gets pregnant, you’ve heard this story before,” Bouchard said. “She was younger than me. So it’s like the Romeo and Juliet story.”

The two were pressured to have the girl under go an abortion, but neither was willing to do so.

“There was pressure to have her banished from their family and just pressure to go hide somewhere,” Bouchard said. “The only thing I could see was the right thing, which was to get married and take care of them.”

Neither had the best home lives, Bouchard noted in the video. He was living on his own by the age of 15, but ultimately obtained his GED and vocational training.

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, Bouchard was 18 and the girl was 14 when she became pregnant. They married when they were 19 and 15, respectively.

At the time, the two were able to marry because Florida law allowed marriage at any age if a pregnancy was involved and a parent consented. They were divorced about three years later, and the woman ultimately committed suicide in 1990, the Star-Tribune reported.

Bouchard took care of the couple’s son following his ex-wife’s death, but the two are now almost estranged.

“Sadly, he’s made some wrong choices in his life,” the senator said. “I certainly don’t approve of them, but I’m not going to abandon him. I still love him.”

Bouchard’s son, Tony Raymond Bouchard, is currently imprisoned at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility in Visalia, California, on multiple convictions, including sodomy by use of force, sexual penetration by foreign object and false imprisonment by violence. He has been incarcerated since 2018.

The senator said he posted the information about the pregnancy and marriage because the relationship was being investigated by a U.K. news outlet which he did not name.

He also said the fact people were digging into something that happened nearly 40 years ago was indicative of “dirty politics” and an example of why good people don’t run for office.

Bouchard said he was frustrated that people were digging into his background, but also said he wasn’t going to drop out of the congressional race.

“This tells you I’m in the lead, because if I wasn’t, they wouldn’t be doing this,” he said. “I’m not intimidated. Bring it on. I’m going to stay in this race and we’re going to continue to raise money.”

Bouchard does not believe that incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney was involved in digging up this information.

Bouchard announced his run for Congress in January, not long after Cheney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for the role he allegedly played in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The senator has touted his support of Trump and conservative values and politics as why he is the best choice to represent Wyoming in its lone House seat.

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Cheney Opponents Praise House Republicans For Ouster

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Republican challengers to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in her congressional re-election campaign are praising House Republicans for removing her from her position as House Republican Conference chair on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, both of Cheney’s Wyoming colleagues declined to comment specifically on the ouster, but vowed to continue working with Cheney on issues important to Wyoming.

“House leadership decisions are up to the House caucus, but I look forward to continuing my work with Rep. Cheney and Senator Barrasso to do what is best for our state,” said U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso echoed a similar sentiment to Lummis.

“Wyoming has a three-member delegation,” he told Cowboy State Daily. “All three of us will keep standing up for Wyoming and fighting the attacks from the Biden administration. Today’s vote in the House doesn’t change that. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Liz Cheney and Cynthia Lummis on behalf of the people of Wyoming.”

Both Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, celebrated the news in the hours following Cheney’s removal from her position as the No. 3 ranking Republican in the House of Representatives. She is expected to be replaced U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, although no timeline has been officially set.

“Republican members of Congress finally did what so many Wyomingites have longed to do — get rid of Liz Cheney,” Gray said in a statement Wednesday. “While Wyoming voters must wait until 2022 to also vote her out, this is a welcome first step and shows Republicans are serious about making sure our party doesn’t sell out to socialist Democrats the way Liz Cheney already has.”

Gray added that Cheney is siding with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while continuing to “falsely” attack former President Donald Trump, a development he said was “disgusting.” He again criticized Cheney for voting to impeach Trump earlier this year and for recently fist-bumping President Joe Biden when he gave a joint speech to Congress.

“Wyoming voters gave her a chance to prove that she could effectively represent them and she has failed us miserably,” Gray said. “Today’s vote exposes Cheney for who she really is and is a good reminder that she can’t keep fooling Wyomingites like she did when she moved here to buy herself a seat in Congress.”

Like his colleague and opponent, Bouchard also celebrated Cheney’s removal, saying she was ousted because Republicans were the party of “America First” and Cheney refused and failed to represent this idea.

“Building the wall, reopening America and bringing American jobs back, opposing endless war, and stopping our enemies like China,” Bouchard wrote on his social media Wednesday. “That is AMERICA FIRST and Liz Cheney despises it. We must FIRE LIZ CHENEY! Vote Anthony Bouchard for Congress!”

Denton Knapp, a U.S. Army veteran who has become the sixth challenger to Cheney, said Wednesday’s decision shows that Republicans nationally are as unhappy with Cheney as he believes Wyoming residents are.

“That’s been coming for a long time,” he told Cowboy State Daily. “Not only does Wyoming disagree with her, but also the Republicans nationally.”

However, the move was criticized by Wyoming Democratic Party Joe Barbuto, who said Cheney’s ouster showed the Republican Party was more focused on defending a failed president and his lies than doing the work of the American people.

“In Wyoming and across the nation, the GOP is willfully choosing to build their party on a foundation of misinformation and falsehoods,” Barbuto said. “It’s a decision they will come to regret and voters will remember for many election cycles to come.”

Congressional candidate Darin Smith did not respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment.

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Cheney Fists Bumps Biden; Bouchard, Gray Respond With Impeachment Calls

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A fist bump exchanged between U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and President Joe Biden before Biden’s joint address to Congress on Wednesday night has drawn the ire of Cheney’s congressional opponents.

While attending Biden’s speech on Wednesday night, Cheney could be seen fist-bumping with the president, who was not shaking hands due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden fist-bumped multiple other politicians as he entered the House of Representatives’ chambers.

However, this friendly gesture was seen as a slight against the Republican Party, as Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, noted on their respective social media accounts.

“The lady in blue, @RepLizCheney is probably the only republican allowed in the room,” Bouchard wrote on Twitter. “She is a disgrace and fails to represent the people of Wyoming. #embarrassing#resign#impeachlizcheney. Let’s get her out! Help me fight!”

Bouchard wrote two posts about the fist-bump, encouraging impeachment of the representative.

“Never Trump RINO Liz Cheney spends her time attacking Donald Trump but fist bumps her pal Quid Pro Joe Biden,” he wrote Wednesday night. “Liz Cheney cares more about being liked by the Fake News Media, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi than she does about standing up for America. FIRE LIZ CHENEY!”

Gray’s message was more subdued, but offered a sentiment similar to that of the Cheyenne senator.

“Liz, fist bump your way right out of Wyoming. We need to fire Liz right now,” he wrote.

Both men linked their messages to their respective campaigns, telling prospective voters to donate to them. They each launched their campaigns in the wake of Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, who she blamed for helping to incite the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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Bouchard to Appear at Florida Rally With Marjorie Taylor Greene Over Weekend

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, is making one of his first out-of-state appearances for his congressional campaign this weekend at an “America First” rally in Florida.

Besides Bouchard, the other guests at the rally will include Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase, Republican Florida House of Representatives candidate Drew-Montez Clark and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia.

The rally will be held Saturday morning and suggested donations to attend are $10.

Bouchard’s campaign spokeswoman April Poley told Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday that Bouchard accepted the invitation to the rally because he was already going to be in Florida over the weekend.

“He will already be in Florida this weekend for other events and accepted the invitation to this event as it is not too far from where he will otherwise be,” Poley said.

Like Bouchard, Greene is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and supported his claims that he actually won the presidential election last fall.

She is a fairly new representative, taking office just three days before the storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.

Chase is a Virginia state senator and the first female Republican gubernatorial candidate the state has ever seen. She supported the Capitol rioters by calling them patriots and suggesting Trump might still have the chance to be sworn in.

She has also spoke of “deep state” conspiracy theories, not unlike Greene, who has regularly voiced her suspicion about some mass shootings and questioned the official accounts of the attack on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Clark ran for the Florida House last year, but lost in the primary.

Bouchard announced his campaign for Congress earlier this year following U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump for the role he allegedly played in inciting the attack on the Capitol.

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Cheney Says Maxine Waters’ Rhetoric is “Dangerous and Reckless”

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is criticizing U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, for comments she made in Minnesota over the weekend that some saw as encouraging violence among those protesting the death of Daunte Wright.

Waters spoke with people at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Saturday who were protesting the police-involved shooting of Wright, a Black man, by an officer who was reported to have grabbed her gun rather than her Taser.

During her comments, Waters said she supported a conviction for former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, who is on trial for killing George Floyd, a Black man, last year by kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.

“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” Waters said in a video posted on Twitter from the event. “I am hopeful that we will get a verdict that says, ‘guilty, guilty, guilty,’ and if we don’t, we cannot go away. We’ve got to get more confrontational.”

Many people felt Waters was inciting violence with those kinds of comments.

Cheney said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, should get involved in the situation, saying Waters was being dangerous.

“This is dangerous and reckless. No elected official should ever incite violence. Speaker Pelosi must act,” Cheney said.

Cheney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for comments he made that allegedly incited the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, planned to introduce legislation to remove Waters from office, something two Wyoming legislators praised on social media.

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, agreed with Greene’s move to introduce legislation, but also said Cheney had been silent about Waters’ comments, which she hadn’t.

“Liz Cheney is SILENT about Maxine Waters call for riots & violence! She is in full force against Trump and America First Patriots. It’s way past time for her to be REMOVED from leadership!” Bouchard wrote on Twitter Sunday, around one hour after Cheney posted her comments on Twitter.

Bouchard’s congressional opponent Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, agreed that Waters needed to leave office.

“This is awesome,” Gray wrote on Twitter, retweeting an article about Greene’s legislation.

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Wyoming Congressional Candidates Unveil First Quarter Campaign Funds

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The top three candidates for Wyoming’s lone seat in Congress have raised from $173,000 to $1.5 million in donations in the first quarter of 2021, according to federal documents.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and her challengers state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and state Rep. Charles Gray, R-Casper, have all filed their campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission for the first quarter of 2021.

Earlier this week, Cowboy State Daily reported that U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has raised $1.5 million during the first quarter.

According to the FEC documents, Cheney received more than $1.3 million from contributions, $1 million of which came in the form of individual contributions. The additional $301,000 came from contributions from other political committees.

Cheney also transferred $222,910 from other committees authorized to raise money on her behalf to her campaign fund. She had $261,340 in expenditures and was left with $1.4 million cash on hand.

Of the individual contributions for Cheney, $167,065 were unitemized, meaning they were under $200, the limit the FEC requires for a donor to be identified.

Bouchard raised the second-highest amount during the first quarter, with $334,541, almost all of which were from individual contributions. Bouchard had $170,300 expenditures, leaving him with $164,035 cash on hand.

Bouchard said his funds came from more than 8,000 supporters across the country and said he expected to cross the $400,000 threshold over the weekend.

“By investing early in fundraising, my team has developed a large donor base while maintaining a strong cash position going into the second quarter,” Bouchard said. “No other challenger has the massive grass-roots base we put together by announcing early and moving quickly, and no other candidate against Cheney has the strong six-figure cash-on-hand number we currently have.”

Bouchard’s unitemized contributions made up $230,295 of his total receipts.

Gray raised $173,278 during the first quarter, $40,154 of which came from individual contributions. Gray also took out a loan for $133,124 and had $9,031 in expenditures, leaving him with $164,247 cash on hand.

“Because of your support and dedication to our common cause, we surpassed our target for the end of the 1st fundraising quarter this year and have $164,248 in the bank!” Gray wrote on Twitter Thursday, noting that his campaign had the most cash on hand of any of Cheney’s challengers.

Gray and Bouchard both announced their respective campaigns for Congress earlier this year, following Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for his alleged role in inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January.

Finally, congressional candidate Marissa Joy Selvig raised $1,968 during the first quarter, most of which came from her own contributions. She raised $785 from individuals, had $890 in expenditures, leaving her with $1,077 cash on hand.

Cheyenne resident Bryan Keller also has registered to run for Congress, but no report for his campaign was on file with the FEC as of Friday.

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Trump Calls Cheney “Crazy”; Bouchard Urges Other Candidates To Stay Out of Race

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Using a moniker he reserved most recently to describe U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former President Trump on Wednesday called Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney “crazy” in announcing he would be endorsing someone “soon” to run against her.

In a statement, Trump said: ”So many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney — but we only want one.”

“She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote,” he said. “Hopefully, that won’t happen. I’ll make an Endorsement soon!”

Trump’s statement was issued after Cheney’s announcement earlier in the day that her campaign broke all prior quarterly fundraising efforts with a haul of over $1.5 million dollars, with at least $1 million of that coming from individual donors.

Cheney political consultant Kevin Seifert told Cowboy State Daily that the increase in fundraising is due to her “effective, principled leadership.”

“Liz is standing up for the Constitution and standing up to the Biden Administration’s partisan overreach, so it’s no surprise her approach is resonating in the form of increased donations,” Seifert said.

Following Cheney’s announcement, State Sen. Anthony Bouchard issued a press release urging others to stay out of the congressional race touting his own first quarter fundraising numbers.

“Others considering this race should look at joining my campaign now rather than splitting the anti-Cheney vote — exactly what our enemies want,” Bouchard said. “Right now there’s only one candidate against Cheney who is taking this campaign seriously and that’s me.”

Bouchard said his campaign raised $334,370 this quarter from all 50 states.

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Bouchard Claims Cheney Is Scared, Being Backed By “Woke” Corporations

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Hours after Cowboy State Daily revealed U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney smashed her fundraising record during the first quarter of 2021, one of her challengers is making claims about the representative’s backers.

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, alleged Cheney is being backed by “woke” corporations like Walmart, AT&T and T-Mobile, all of which are trying to keep her in office and “bankrolling her against [Bouchard].”

“The ‘woke’ corporations are lining up behind Liz Cheney — FLOODING her campaign coffers with MILLIONS of dollars. These are the same ‘woke’ corporations trying to shove the Democrats’ far-left agenda down our throats,” Bouchard wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning.

According to documents obtained by Cowboy State Daily, Cheney raised $1.54 million during the first quarter of 2021. Of that, more than $1 million came from individual donors.

Bouchard said conservative political analyst Bill Kristol (who Bouchard referred to as a “Democrat”) had donated $50 million to defend “Republicans in name only”.

“Democrat, Bill Kristol pledged $50 million to defend RINOs — like Rep. Liz Cheney. His money is on Billboards dubbed the Republican-Accountability-Project with a “dot gop” address. The Republican Party is silent,” Bouchard wrote.

A search of the Federal Elections Commission database turned up no donations from Kristol to any of Cheney’s campaigns, although Kristol has donated to other conservative figures, such as Texas U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

Kristol does head the Republican Accountability Project, though, which was formed in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.

Cheney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in allegedly inciting the riot, which then led Bouchard and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, to announce their respective congressional campaigns against her.

One tweet from Bouchard on Wednesday addressed Cheney and the former president.

“RINO Liz Cheney says that Donald Trump ‘doesn’t have a role in the future of the GOP.’ — her FEAR is shinning [sic] through. R/T to expose her,” he wrote.

Bouchard also said Cheney was being backed by former Republican leaders.

“DC Swamp TEAM — former Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan helping RINO Liz Cheney stockpile millions in cash. Beltway LOBBYISTS also raising swamp money for their RINO,” he wrote.

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Gray, Bouchard Begin to Ramp Up Congressional Campaigns

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Two Wyoming legislators are ramping up their respective congressional campaigns against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, held one of his first in-person campaign fundraisers over the weekend in Riverton, while Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, has received one of his first endorsements.

Bouchard’s supporters hosted a $25-per-plate fundraiser on Saturday night at the fairgrounds in Riverton.

“Thank you to Fred & Colleen Nelson for sponsoring the event tonight in Riverton. Great turnout and lots of new supporters!” the senator wrote on Twitter this weekend.

Gray touted his endorsement from Rep. Clarence Styvar, R-Cheyenne, on social media Monday morning.

“I’ve worked side-by-side with Chuck Gray in the legislature and that’s why I know he’s the best choice to fight for the people of Wyoming in Congress,” Styvar said in his endorsement.

Gray noted Styvar is one of the most conservative legislators in Wyoming.

While Gray and Bouchard are opponents in the congressional race, they are united in one goal: ousting Cheney from Congress.

Both announced their campaigns for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat following Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Cheney said she voted with her conscience, but Gray and Bouchard both said they felt Cheney wasn’t representing Wyoming properly.

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Laramie Man Charged With Threatening to Kill Lummis, Barrasso, Bouchard, Gaetz

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A Laramie man faces multiple charges after allegedly threatening to kill several state and national political figures.

Christopher Kent Podlesnik, 51, was charged last week in U.S. District Court with seven counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce.

A federal grand jury charged Podlesnik with leaving voicemail messages on the phones of several elected officials on Jan. 28, including U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, in which he threatened to them with violence.

According to the indictment, Podlesnik left three voicemails for Lummis on different contact numbers, threatening to shoot her in the head.

“I will [expletive] kill you. I will,” he said in one voicemail.

He left two voicemails on phones connected to U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, threatening him in regards to a recent to Wyoming visit by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who was in the state to criticize U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s impeachment vote against former President Donald Trump.

“You let Gaetz step into the state of Wyoming, not only is he going to be dead…you’re going to be dead,” Podlesnik told Barrasso, according to the indictment.

He left Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, two voicemails, calling the state senator a traitor and saying that he would take Bouchard down.

Finally, the indictment said, Podlesnik left a voicemail with a contact number for Gaetz, saying he would put two bullets in the congressman’s head.

“As Americans, we cherish the freedoms secured by our Bill of Rights, including our freedom of speech,” Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Murray said. “However, true threats of violence are not protected by the Constitution. Working with the FBI and other partners, the United States Attorney’s Office will continue to investigate such threats and seek charges in appropriate cases.”

“The FBI remains committed to protecting the civil liberties of all Americans to include First Amendment protected speech. We are equally committed to investigating violations of federal law when speech threatens violence and physical harm to others,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider.

A person convicted of one charge of transmitting threats in interstate commerce faces a sentence of up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release. If convicted, Podlesnik could face that punishment for each of the seven counts against him.

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Bouchard’s Gun Bill Passes Wyoming Senate’s Committee of the Whole

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A gun rights bill that would have Wyoming declare federal gun laws that restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms null and void won approval in its first full Senate review Monday.

Senate File 81, sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, would declare federal laws identified as “infringements on the people’s right to keep and bear arms” as invalid.

“We have a lot of threats in the federal government coming through Congress and I think everyone can agree, they’re there to have a chilling effect on gun owners and manufacturers,” Bouchard told his colleagues during the Senate floor session Monday.

The bill would also declare invalid any federal law “ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from law abiding citizens.”

The bill would bar any Wyoming law enforcement officers from enforcing any federal laws ruled an infringement on the Second Amendment.

The law would apply to federal rules and laws already in place as well as any passed in the future.

“Law-abiding citizens should not have the harm of overreach from the federal government,” Bouchard said.

The federal actions the bill identifies as infringements on the Second Amendment include any tax or fee imposed on firearms and accessories “that might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items,” the registration or tracking of firearms or ammunition and any act forbidding the possession, ownership or transfer of a firearm.

Earlier this month, the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association said the bill, in its original form, could leave its members in a dilemma while trying to enforce the law.

“The … Act, while well intentioned to prohibit firearms confiscation by federal entities to unknown future laws, could actually inhibit Wyoming peace officers from enforcing certain Wyoming statutes, conducting complete investigations and ensuring successful prosecution,” said the letter, signed by all 23 of Wyoming’s sheriffs.

The letter said the law would leave law enforcement unable to seize weapons from people accused of serious crimes.

“For example, we could normally seize a firearm as part of a local case and turn the firearm over to federal entities for prosecution,” the letter said. “These cases run the gamut of aggravated robbery, child pornography and various dangerous drug investigations.”

The sheriffs also objected to a section of the bill that would allow people whose weapons have been seized to sue the officer involved, who would have no immunity from damages, even if acting within the scope of his duties.

“To punish and hold liable a peace officer who seizes a weapon which is later returned, is wrong,” the letter said. “It is already difficult to recruit and retain quality peace officers.”

The bill must be approved in two more Senate votes before it can be sent to the House for review by representatives.

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Legislator Says Wyoming Should Sell State Jets, WYDOT Pushes Back

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, says Wyoming sell its two jets used for transporting state employees, but some officials have pushed back against this idea.

“The State of Wyoming should list its TWO Luxury jets on EBAY instead of raising taxes and pushing toll road,” Bouchard wrote on his Facebook account that also featured a photo of the planes.

However, multiple Wyoming Department of Transportation studies have concluded the planes actually save the state money instead of being more costly.

State aeronautics division administrator Brian Olsen told Cowboy State Daily that although his department doesn’t have an official stance on the jets, the staff finds they are an efficient and effective tool in conducting state business.

“In 2014, a third party conducted an operational study report. That report indicated that the … total cost to operate the two aircraft was $2,645,995 average per year,” Olsen said. “We estimate the current operating costs to be on average between $2 and $2.1 million per year.”

The state owns the aircraft outright, so the only costs are for operations and maintenance.

“WYDOT pays the fixed costs (training/payroll/hangar/etc.) because we own and operate the aircraft and we would be responsible for those costs regardless of usage,” Olsen said. “When an agency uses the aircraft, we charge $1,425 per hour, that rate covers variable (consumable) costs.”

The study Olsen referenced also found the state’s transport aircraft were 14% more efficient per mile than auto/airline travel (based on a $100,000 salary). However, the study didn’t account for lost productivity or travel expenses associated with travel by car, which would also make the aircraft more efficient, he said.

The report also concluded the state’s aircraft were 32% more efficient than fractional aircraft (one that has multiple owners) and 44% more efficient than chartering a similar aircraft.

Gov. Mark Gordon’s spokesman Michael Pearlman pointed Cowboy State Daily to a comment the governor made to the outlet back in 2019, as he holds a similar stance today.

“Governor Gordon supports fiscal responsibility and the judicious use of taxpayer dollars,” Pearlman said at the time. “Several WYDOT studies have determined that owning state aircraft is more cost-efficient than private charters or driving vast distances.”

Pearlman added at the time Gordon advanced a budget proposal including more than $500 million in strategic cuts.

“Selling the state’s aircraft would do little to address the state’s budget shortfall,” Pearlman said.

Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, told Cowboy State Daily on Friday he introduced an amendment earlier this week requiring WYDOT to sell the jets, but it failed.

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Bouchard Says Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Wants List of Gun Owners; Chamber Calls Charge “100% False”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce CEO said claims by a state senator that the organization wanted a list of gun owners is “a lie” and “100% false”.

Dale Steenbergen spoke with Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday, hours after Sen. Anthony Bouchard , R-Cheyenne, made his claims on social media.

“Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce wants the list of gun owners. What does this have to do with growing business?” Bouchard wrote on his personal Facebook page. “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!”

The situation actually stems from a complaint filed by Steenbergen and the chamber against the Wyoming Gun Owners Association regarding ads it ran during the 2020 election season.

The chamber argued WYGO wasn’t registered with the secretary of state’s office, as required to run ads supporting or opposing candidates or issues. WYGO officials maintained the group’s ads only educated voters on candidates for office and did not urge people to vote against those candidates.

“During Anthony’s election in Laramie County last year, he was saying some things about his opponent that were outright lies,” Steenbergen said. “That’s illegal in Wyoming law. We saw a number of issues, so we called a bunch of attorneys that were involved with the chamber and asked them to look into it.”

Bouchard is the founder of WYGO, and Steenbergen and the chamber felt uneasy about some of the issues they saw during the election, especially about the lack of disclosure regarding WYGO’s donors. Therefore, a letter was sent to the secretary of state and attorney general’s offices about the organization.

Steenbergen said his and the chamber’s concerns were to do with electioneering, not guns. He reiterated this point throughout the interview, noting that in his 13 years with the chamber, the organization had never been involved in any weapons-related issues.

“Nonprofits shouldn’t be enriching their managers off of money they raised in Wyoming,” he said. “We want to make sure dark money stays out of Wyoming. If you want to donate campaign money, that’s great, but you need to do the paperwork.”

On Bouchard’s Facebook page, Steenbergen said Bouchard’s claim was “100% false” and “a lie”.

Steenbergen said the next steps will depend on what Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and Attorney General Bridget Hill determine about the WYGO situation.

According to an Associated Press article, the organization must register with the secretary of state’s office and disclose its donors or face a $500 fine.

Steenbergen doesn’t think the election officials will determine what WYGO did was legal, but if they do, he and the chamber will begin work on campaign finance reform.

“We’re very concerned about this, because if a state that can’t keep its election climate in a good place, that’s bad for business,” he said. “We want integrity in election process and we’re asking for that to happen.”

Earlier this year, Bouchard announced he will be running against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in 2022.

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Bouchard Campaign Ad Says Cheney “Betrayed” Wyoming

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, released a new radio campaign ad this week in which he condemns incumbent U.S. Rep Liz Cheney for an “America last” agenda.

“Wyoming was Donald Trump’s best state not once, but twice,” Bouchard said in the ad, noting that “Liz Cheney betrayed nearly 200,000 of us who voted to re-elect our president.”

Bouchard announced his 2022 campaign against Cheney for her seat in Congress last week, due largely to her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

However, he said in his ad that the impeachment wasn’t the only reason for his congressional bid.

“President Trump made America great again with America first policies like bringing home our troops, building the wall and fighting illegal immigration – all policies Joe Biden, Liz Cheney and their fellow globalists oppose,” Bouchard said, adding he stands for “the Trump agenda of America first, not Liz Cheney’s globalist agenda of America last.”

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment following an assault on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month that she said Trump helped to incite.

Bouchard has raised almost $100,000 in donations during his first week of campaigning.

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Bouchard Calls Cheney’s Impeachment Vote a “Stab in the Back”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, this week described the vote of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney to impeach former President Donald Trump as a “stab in the back.”

Bouchard’s comments came during an appearance on Fox with Laura Ingraham, his first televised appearance since announcing his campaign against Cheney in 2022 for her House seat, which she has held since 2017.

When Ingraham asked Bouchard why it was a problem for Cheney to vote her conscience to impeach Trump, Bouchard said it wasn’t her job to vote on her feelings.

“She’s there to vote for the people of Wyoming,” he said. “We’ve had a full-on attack on conservatives, it’s gone on and on and on. We had a man that was president that was fighting for us, and what he got was an ice pick in the back by 10 people.”

Cheney on Jan. 13 was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment following an assault on the U.S. Capitol she believed Trump helped to incite.

Bouchard said he expected this kind of behavior from the “swamp” in Washington, D.C., but not from a representative from Wyoming.

“That’s why I’m running, I think we have to make a good fight against what’s going on,” he said. “If we have someone from Wyoming just going to Washington to make deals, what good is that going to do?”

Ingraham said she wished Cheney and other legislators like U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah were as tough on congressional Democrats as they were on Trump.

Conservative columnist Henry Olsen on Thursday said the Democratic Party is looking forward to intra-party battles like this.

“They know that the more Republicans fight each other, the likelier they won’t reunite to fight them,” Olsen said. “Democrats are surely drooling over the rumored prospect of Trump creating his own Patriot Party that would position itself to the GOP’s right on rhetoric and policy.

“In our first-past-the-post election system, in which a candidate does not need a majority of the vote to win, Democrats know that a split center-right can only help them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bouchard announced on his social media accounts Friday that he had raised more than $50,000 in donations within the first two days of announcing his congressional campaign.

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Bouchard Launches Congressional Campaign Website

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, is gearing up for his Congressional run against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, launching his new political campaign website this week.

“A conservative state like Wyomingwhich gave Donald Trump the nation’s largest percentage of the vote both times—should be electing one of the most conservative members of Congress,” the website quoted Bouchard as saying. “It’s time to stand up for America, defend our freedoms, fight for our way of life and always put taxpayers first.  That’s why I’m running for Congress.”

His slogan is “Stand Up for America.”

Bouchard’s run against Cheney was announced on Wednesday when it was discovered the senator filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to challenge the representative in the 2022 primary.

In a statement, Bouchard criticized Cheney’s decision to vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump last week on accusations of inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

“Liz Cheney’s long-time opposition to President Trump and her most recent vote for Impeachment shows just how out-of-touch she is with Wyoming,” Bouchard said in a statement. “Wyoming taxpayers need a voice in Congress who will stand up to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, and not give them cover.  That’s why I’m running for Congress.”

On the website, little information is now provided regarding Bouchard’s stance on various political issues. The website does contain information about Bouchard’s background and how to volunteer or donate to his campaign.

The senator recently beat Democratic challenger Brittany Wallesch in the November general election in his bid for a second Senate term.

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Bouchard Files to Run Against Cheney in 2022

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, will challenge U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the 2022 primary election.

Bouchard filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission on Wednesday. He has been a member of the Wyoming Legislature for four years.

“I expect Never Trumpers to do this stuff and CNN to play along. But Cheney should be run out of town, and back to Virginia for joining the blame game!” Bouchard wrote on his Facebook page earlier this month after Cheney voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

Bouchard is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring to challenge Cheney in the next primary election. She has represented Wyoming in the House of Representatives since 2017.

The announcement comes after the Wyoming Republican Party, of which Bouchard is a member, criticized Cheney for her vote to impeach Trump last week.

“Representative Cheney has aligned herself with leftists who are screaming that what happened last Wednesday is the ‘worst thing ever in our history’ (or similar such claims). That is absurd and shows their lack of knowledge of history as well as their willingness to skew the facts to further their corrupt agenda,” the GOP said in a statement.

Cheney, the third highest-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, was one of 10 Republicans who cast a vote for Trump’s impeachment.

Speaking with Wyoming reporters following the historic vote, Cheney dismissed a question about her political future stating that there are moments when leaders have to put aside politics.

“There are times when those of us as elected officials are called on to act in a way that does not take politics into consideration,” she said. “Dealing with something as serious and as grave as the attack on the Capitol is one of those times.”

Earlier in the day Cheney told reporters that she was not concerned with calls from some House Freedom Caucus Republicans calling for her resignation.

“I’m not going anywhere,” she said.

That thought was echoed by rising Republican star Rep. Dan Crenshaw who signaled his support of Cheney shortly after the two cast opposite votes.

“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect. She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support. We can disagree without tearing eachother apart,” he tweeted.

The Wyoming Gun Owners Association, which has supported Bouchard in the past, also criticized Cheney’s vote.

“Its (sic) a statewide embarrassment that our only voice in the House of Representatives, Liberal Liz, is included in this list of hyper moderates! What a joke….” the group wrote on its social media account, linking to a story from the New York Times that had a list of Congressional Republicans voting to impeach the president.

Bouchard was recently elected to his third term in the Legislature after being challenged by Democrat Brittany Wallesch.

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