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Gun Group Endorses Hageman Over Cheney

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* A correction to this story has been made (see below)

By Leo Wolfson, political reporter
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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney voted Wednesday night against a gun control package that includes a ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to people under the age of 21 and ban of large-capacity magazines. Second Amendment group, Gun Owners of America (GOA), still endorsed her opponent Harriet Hageman on Thursday morning.

“Hageman earned GOA’s support because of a 100% score on our Second Amendment rights survey and her long history of standing against federal overreach through her work as a constitutional attorney,” Mark Jones, GOA National Director of Hunter’s Programs and a Wyoming resident, said in a press release.

In the press release, Hageman complained about Cheney’s alleged failure to represent Wyoming and her focus “on her personal war on President Donald Trump and working for Nancy Pelosi on the illegitimate January 6th Committee.”

But Jones told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday these actions did not factor into the group’s endorsement of Hageman.

“It did not factor into the equation,” he said.

A Cheney spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment.

Although Cheney carried a 92% voting record with the National Rifle Association and 100% record with the National Shooting Sports Foundation in 2020, Cheney earned a 69% rating with GOA in 2021 and 2020. Hageman has no legislative votes to grade, but GOA reported she earned a 100% on the group’s Second Amendment survey. 

Jones said his organization has never endorsed Cheney.  He cited her vote on a military funding bill that the organization said contained allowances for red flag law gun confiscations, and in 2018, a vote for an omnibus bill the group said allowed for hundreds of people to be added to background check lists for past infractions as minor as speeding. 

“A lot of its procedural stuff but we expect our party members to set an example and stand up for the Second Amendment,” Jones said.

On Thursday morning, Cheney also voted against a federal red flag bill. The bill passed through the House on a 224-202 vote.

In her statement expressing gratitude for the endorsement, Hageman did not comment on Cheney’s gun record.

“By doing Nancy Pelosi’s political dirty work on the January 6th Committee, Liz Cheney has entered a partnership with the very people who are trying to strip these rights away,” Hageman said.

“She has completely lost the respect and trust of Republicans in Congress, and the Democrats will discard her as soon as she’s no longer useful, so she can never be effective for Wyoming again. When I am the next congresswoman from Wyoming, I will fight against government intrusion and defend all the God-given rights we’re born with as free people under our Constitution.” 


*A version of this story published on Cowboy State Daily on June 9 erroneously reported that Gun Owners of America endorsed Harriet Hageman because of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s statements against former President Donald Trump.
In fact, Gun Owners of America said its endorsement was based entirely on Hageman’s score of 100% on the group’s Second Amendment rights survey.
The error was the result of a misreading of a news release, which also led to the writing of an inaccurate headline.

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Hageman Energizes Crowd At Trump Rally With Vow To Fight Cheney, Democrats

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

Vowing to fight against Democrats in Congress if elected to replace U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, Harriet Hageman told her cheering supporters on Saturday she is determined to defeat the three-term congresswoman.

Hageman, speaking to about 10,000 people at the Save America Rally at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper, offered a laundry list of items she intends to battle in Washington, D.C.

“We’re fed up with the Democrats who want to destroy our country and take away our rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution,” she said.

Hageman took the stage around 4:25 p.m., following a series of national and state political figures who all expressed their support for her in her GOP primary race for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

Her promise to defeat Cheney brought an enormous roar from the audience, with nearly every spectator standing up. 


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She referred to Cheney as a “Virginian,” and said constituents have told her they are fed up with the federal government, baby formula shortages, gas prices, fertilizer prices, illegal immigration, fentanyl and the overall supply chain.

She also criticized the Green New Deal and attacks by the Biden Administration on fossil fuel industries.

“In short, we’re fed up with inflation,” she said.


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Hageman ramped up from here, moving on to bread and butter conservative talking points and Cheney.

Hageman started her speech promoting her Wyoming heritage and upbringing.

“I know what it means to ride for the brand,” she said. “I have fought for Wyoming and will fight for you in Washington D.C.

Hageman, a land and water attorney, said she will protect Wyoming residents’ liberties and said on Aug. 16, “we’re taking our country back.”

Hageman entered the race for U.S. House in September and won Trump’s endorsement just hours later.

Cheney and Trump have been at odds since Cheney began criticizing Trump’s claims that the presidential election of 2020 was stolen from him.

She also voted for his impeachment an allegations he incited the invasion at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.


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Long Crowd Lining Up For Trump Rally in Casper, Wyoming On Saturday

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By Jimmy Orr, editor

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Saturday is the day for big Donald Trump rally in Casper and lines started forming before 6 a.m.

This is the day the former president christens the campaign of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney challenger Harriet Hageman.

Ever since Cheney spoke out against the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and went on to vote for Trump’s impeachment, the former president marked Cheney as public enemy number one.

Trump then sought to back the horse that could pull the equivalent of a Rich Strike win at the Kentucky Derby. After all, the thought of beating Liz Cheney, at one point, was considered an impossibility. She was a lock.

No longer. Now it’s a race. Now, it’s Saturday. And the big orange tank will be on the battlefield soon.

And although the actual Trump part of it is just a portion of the show (maybe an hour or a little bit longer), the rally is a whole-day affair.

Doors will open to the Casper Events Center (now known as the Ford Wyoming Center) at 11 a.m. and entertainment is slated to begin at 1 p.m.


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The former president should appear at 4 p.m. Sometimes he’s late. Sometimes he’s early.

The events center holds 9,700 people and is expected to be packed.  If it is and some patrons can’t get in to hear the presentations, they will be fed to large screens outside the events center as well.

And for those at home, it will be streamed on YouTube.

As for the speakers, there are some considered heavyweights for the portion of the Republican Party that Trump controls, including U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, and Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado.  

Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor-Greene is not in the lineup.  But Donald Trump Jr. is expected to attend and speak as well.

As for the Wyoming speakers, participants can look forward to hearing from Wyoming Republican Chairman Frank Eathorne who has been in Wyoming news frequently over the last two weeks.

Party activist David Iverson is also expected to speak, as is Wyoming state Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle, Reps. John Bear, R-Gillette and Chip Neiman, R-Hulett, and former legislator Marti Halverson.

Bear and Neiman are used to speaking together as the two hosted a daily legislative recap on Facebook.  Bear, the more forceful of the two speakers, is more like an Al Michaels where Neiman is a quieter Chris Collinsworth.

And the big Wyoming speaker, of course, is Harriet Hageman who, as a trial attorney, knows how to deliver a good speech.

There will be video addresses by such notables as U.S. House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy, GOP House Chair Elise Stefanik, and Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio.

As for the music that will be played before, between and after the speakers, it’s a variety mainly of classic rock.

Patrons are likely to hear songs by The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Tom Petty, The Who, AC/DC, Bachman Turner, Overdrive, Phil Collins, and Aerosmith.

There’s some more poppier music that is likely to be played too from artists such as Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Village People, Lee Greenwood, Backstreet Boys, and Lionel Richie.

But this is Wyoming. Perhaps more of a country mix is in store. Will Chris LeDoux’s songs make an appearance?

Will the rally move the needle?  Unknown.  You would’t think anyone going to the rally would be on the fence in this contest.  So for the actual attendees, not likely.

But the subsequent coverage after the event could make an impact.  After all, the advertisements from the rally could be the most useful for Hageman.

But those advertisements aren’t going to go unanswered, of course.  Cheney’s war chest is vast and few are better in a knife fight than Liz.  She ain’t going quietly in the night.

It’s a Battle Royale and for political junkies, it’s a three month very loud, likely-obnoxious chess match. The election really kicks off on Saturday. This is where it begins. 

Jimmy Orr is the editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.

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Hageman Finally Files For Congress; Still No Cheney

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

Harriet Hageman on Thursday formally filed as a candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat.

Hageman, who filed her papers with the secretary of state’s office, is taking on incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, who still had not filed as a candidate for a fourth term in office as of Thursday morning.

Deadline for the filing is now less than 36 hours away, at 5 p.m. Friday.

The delay in Cheney’s official filing should not be seen as too significant, according to former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

“In U.S. House and Senate races it’s not uncommon to wait and see who files,” Freudenthal told Cowboy State Daily.

Hageman and Cheney each announced their intentions to run for reelection many months ago.

Freudenthal said he never looked at the timing of his filing as a strategic move in his political campaigns, as he usually already knew who was going to run against him.

“It’s like lawyers, they have a certain time to file things by; as long as they do it by the deadline then that’s all that matters,” he said.

In her press release announcing the filing, Hageman said she has already traveled more than 23,000 miles throughout Wyoming meeting with voters and holding public town halls. Hageman is a land and water attorney who grew up in Fort Laramie.

“I’ve been fighting for the constitutional rights of the people of Wyoming in my professional career and it’s a battle I’ll continue to fight in Congress,” Hageman said in the press release. “We only get one member of the House in Wyoming, and we have to get it right. The people deserve a congresswoman who represents the ideals and values of our great state.” 

Cheney, now in her third term, has put herself at odds with former President Donald Trump and most of the establishment forces in the Republican Party. She and Trump have traded barbs since she voted for his impeachment in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021. attack on the Capitol.

Hageman has been endorsed by Trump and will join him for a rally in Casper on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Cheney announced she has COVID-19, which likely will eliminate any opportunity for in-person campaigning during the long holiday weekend.

Hageman said if elected, she will “fight against federal government overreach and protect property rights, water rights, and 2nd Amendment rights, among other priorities.” She also claims she will keep taxes low, support Wyoming’s energy industries and will oppose “endless foreign wars.”

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Cheney Billboards Welcome Attendees to Casper Trump Rally

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

A trio of satirical billboards attacking a primary opponent to the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has gone up in Casper just days before a scheduled appearance by former President Donald Trump.

The billboards mostly address the prior support of Harriet Hageman for Cheney and her opposition to Trump, themes referenced during the campaign before, but never as pointedly or publicly. 

One billboard shows Cheney and Hageman standing together and quotes Hageman’s 2016 statement where she described Cheney as a “proven, courageous, constitutional conservative,” a remark she made while stumping for the congresswoman in 2016. 

The quote is followed by the words “Thanks Harriet!” in response.



Hageman, who won Trump’s endorsement for her Republican primary race against Cheney, worked for Cheney as an unpaid adviser during her short-lived 2014 Senate campaign.

In the same endorsement speech she gave for Cheney, Hageman rebuked Trump, referencing with displeasure the remark he made to GOP leaders in 2016 after becoming the presumptive presidential nominee to “sit down and shut up.”

A second Cheney billboard references a quote Hagemen gave to the New York Times in 2016, when she called Trump “the weakest” candidate in the 2016 Republican primary, as well as labeling him “racist and xenophobic.” 

A Cheney response to this quote is printed as well, with the words “Ouch. That hurts” appearing next to Hageman’s comments.

A third billboard is directed at Trump supporters expected to visit Casper on Saturday for a rally with Trump and Hageman. 

With a header reading “From the Desk of Liz Cheney,” the congresswoman welcomes those traveling to town for the rally and encourages them to “Support our local businesses and spend lots of $$$!”



Cary Miller, Hageman campaign manager, said Hageman’s comments quoted on the billboards were taken from a period when she both supported Cheney and opposed Trump.

“Like most Wyomingites, Harriet Hageman originally supported Liz Cheney, and had questions about Donald Trump when he was a candidate,” Miller said. “Also like most Wyomingites, Harriet quickly came to regard President Trump as one of the best ever on the issues that are important here. At the same time, Liz Cheney went in the other direction. 

“Harriet Hageman is right where most voters are now: still supporting Donald Trump, and horrified at how Liz Cheney has become a political lackey for Nancy Pelosi,” she continued.

Hageman’s campaign has also been using billboards to urge people to vote against Cheney.

Cheney supported Trump during his 2016 run and reiterated her support for him after the release of his “Access Hollywood” recording in which he bragged about groping women. 

Although she voted with Trump more than almost any other member of Congress when he was president, she criticized his handling of certain foreign policy issues and vehemently opposed his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. This animosity reached a peak as she accused Trump of instigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. 

The billboards were welcomed by Rob Wallace, a chief of staff to the late U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop and former Gov. Jim Geringer.

“I’m glad to see her getting involved in such a public way,” said Wallace, who was also appointed by Trump to serve as a U.S. Department of Interior assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Wallace said billboards don’t necessarily attract many swing or oppositional voters, but are effective tools for catching the attention of past and current supporters.

“In my past experience, billboards reinforce past supporters,” he said. “It shows them you’ve got your sleeves up and are in the game.”

Wallace said he also appreciated the “injection of humor” Cheney used, a contrast to the “sharp-elbowed tone” he had seen earlier in this race.

“It makes you smile a little bit,” he said.

Cheney is not the first to use humor during the race however. In March, Hageman released a spoof website called “Liz Cheney for Virginia.” 

The website, LizCheneyForVa.com, portrays Cheney as a Virginia resident who is working for the priorities of that state. According to web traffic analytic resource SEMrush.com, the spoof website received around 1,500 page views in April.

Cheney’s campaign has greatly outraised and outspent Hageman’s so far. Through March 31, Cheney’s campaign had raised $10.1 million and spent $3.5 million. Hageman’s has raised $2.06 million and spent $986,606, according to Federal Election Commission records. 

Until the release of these billboards, Cheney hadn’t released much advertising directly against Hageman, instead placing a focus on internet ads touting Cheney’s own campaign. 

Neither candidate has filed for office yet, now 12 days into the filing period, a surprising move considering both women have expressed their commitment to running in the high profile race. In contrast, Gov. Mark Gordon submitted his filing for re-election the moment the period opened on May 12. 

If the congressional race were to start today, longshot candidate Anthony Bouchard would be the only registered Republican running in the primary election.

“With the filing deadline on Friday, everything will ramp up from here on out,” Wallace said.

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Cheney Criticizes House GOP Leadership After Buffalo Shooting

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

The racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 people dead is the result of extremist behavior enabled by Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, said U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

Cheney blamed the Republican leadership for enabling views that were espoused by the shooter.

“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,” tweeted Cheney on Monday morning. “History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.”

Ten people were killed and three more injured in the attack in a “Tops” supermarket.

Before the attack, alleged perpetrator Paytron Gendron, 18, was accused of posting a racist tirade online, espousing admiration for gunmen guilty of mass shootings. He also allegedly expressed support for “replacement theory,” a conspiracy asserting white Americans are being replaced with immigrants or people of color.

The idea of American culture being replaced by cultures of foreign immigrants was discussed at the Wyoming GOP convention earlier this month, particularly during debate over whether English should become the nation’s official language.

Harriet Hageman, one of Cheney’s opponents in the Republican primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, took exception to Cheney’s criticism.

“I don’t know what that gentleman did or what motivated him but I can assure you I had nothing to do with it,” Hageman said on KRAE radio Monday. “And all of the Republicans I know and work with had nothing to do with that, so for her to come out and attack fellow conservatives and Republicans for soundbites for Democrats isn’t what I want my representative in Wyoming to do, that isn’t furthering the America-first agenda.”

Hageman accused Cheney of failing to work with other members of the party and of only coordinating with Democrats.

In the interview Hageman criticized Republicans who she said were “consistently compromising” on core values and said she will not compromise with Democrats.

Hageman said Republicans are still “very united” as a party.

“I think that the party is very united, the party is very united in getting conservatives elected at the local level, state level, and the national level,” she said. 

Cheney has been a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, voting to impeach him on allegations he urged rioters to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Cheney is vice chair of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack, one of only two Republicans on this committee.

“The only time that Liz Cheney has reached across the aisle to work with Democrats is on the very things she should have never been reaching across the aisle on,” Hageman said.

Trump endorsed Hageman’s U.S. House campaign within hours of her announcement she would seek the office.

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Cheney Leads In Total Fundraising, Still Trails In Money From Wyoming

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney continued to lead all of her GOP primary challengers in fundraising for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat for the first quarter of 2022, but trailed her former political ally Harriet Hageman in raising money in Wyoming.

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday showed that Cheney raised $2.9 million in the quarter, which ended March 31, to bring her total donations for her re-election campaign to $10.1 million.

So far during her campaign for a fourth term, almost 6% of Cheney’s donations, about $604,000, have been contributed by California residents, making California Cheney’s biggest donor of the campaign.

Wyoming came in eighth in Cheney’s list of donor states at $202,360, behind California, Texas, Florida, New York, Virginia, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.

Most of Hageman’s $2 million in contributions, which includes $1.3 million raised in the first quarter of 2022, came from Wyoming donors, according to FEC figures. 

Hageman’s report showed that of her donations so far in her campaign, she has received $363,430 from Wyoming contributors.

The situation is similar with state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, who has raised $649,840 in his bid to unseat Cheney, $55,081 from Wyoming residents.

Most of the donations for Denton Knapp’s campaign, $5,900, have come from California, his reports showed, followed by Wyoming at $4,850.

The FEC reports also show that most of Cheney’s contributions, about $2.74 million, came from donors giving $2,000 or more, while most of Hageman’s, $694,198, came from donations of $200 or less. Most of Bouchard’s contributions, $461,115, also came from donations of $200 or less.

So far this year, Cheney has also spent more than her opponents, spending about $882,869 to bring her total expenses for her campaign to $3.5 million.

Hageman spent $639,589 in the first quarter of the year to bring her total spending for the campaign to $1 million, while Bouchard spent $10,544 in the first three months of the year to bring his total disbursements to $599,904.

The Republican primary to select the GOP candidate for Wyoming’s House seat will be Aug. 16. So far, no Democrats have registered to run, although one member of the Constitution Party, Marissa Joy Selvig has registered.

Other Republicans seeking the party’s nomination include Bryan Eugene Keller and Robyn Marie Belinskey.

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Cheney, Hageman Trade Barbs In Dispute Over Jackson, Romney, Trump

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By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily

Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman and incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney exchanged barbs Thursday when Hageman released a statement deriding a Republican Senator’s public approval of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kentaji Jackson.

Cheney in turn, while voicing her own reservations about Jackson, pointed to Hageman’s endorsement by former President Donald Trump as perpetuating the “dangerous lie” that the 2020 election was stolen, a move which, Cheney wrote, undermines the U.S. Constitution.

The dispute stems from the announcement by U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, that he would support Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, and his endorsement of Cheney.  

Not a Biologist 

Romney announced on Monday that he would vote to confirm Jackson to the Supreme Court because her record and testimony, he said, indicated “that she is a well-qualified jurist and person of honor.”  

The announcement came after Jackson made headlines in March for refusing during confirmation hearings to define the word “woman,” saying “I’m not a biologist.”  

Jackson was confirmed Thursday as a Supreme Court Justice.  

Slammed Jackson

Both Hageman and Cheney slammed Jackson on Thursday in their public statements against one another.  

Hageman pointed to Romney’s support of Jackson, writing that Romney “is one of Liz Cheney’s closest allies in Washington, DC.”  

The Utah senator had headlined a fundraiser for Cheney in March. Romney and Cheney were among a handful of Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.  

“You can tell a lot about a person by the company she keeps,” wrote Hageman, referencing Romney’s support for Cheney and his subsequent vote in favor of Jackson’s confirmation.  

But Cheney, in an email to Cowboy State Daily, countered Hageman’s statement, saying Hageman’s “(embrace of) President Trump’s dangerous lie that the 2020 election was stolen,” is a sign that Hageman has “forgotten” to represent the U.S. Constitution amid her campaign.  

Cheney implied that Hageman and Jackson share a commonality of irreverence for the Constitution, as Cheney posited that “if President Trump’s plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power.” 

Dueling Statements

Cheney requested specifically that her statement be reproduced in full.  

Hageman’s also, will be rendered in its full form.  

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“I almost never respond to statements by Harriet Hageman, but I will make this exception. Although Members of the House don’t get to vote on Supreme Court nominees, I was very troubled by Judge Jackson’s apparent position on ‘natural rights.’ I believe deeply that our rights come from God, and are enshrined in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. That is why I will never abandon my oath to the Constitution, no matter what the consequences, no matter what the politics. 

Harriet also took an oath – as a member of the Wyoming Bar – to ‘support, obey, and defend’ our Constitution. Yet now, to try to win a campaign, she is embracing President Trump’s dangerous lie that the 2020 election was stolen. 

More than 60 courts across our country have ruled against President Trump and others who tried to overturn the 2020 election. President Trump’s claims were so egregious that his lead lawyer didn’t just lose those cases – he lost his license to practice law. 

Just last week a federal judge said if ‘President Trump’s plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution.’ 

Harriet claims to ride for the brand, but she seems to have forgotten that our brand is the Constitution. Anyone who is unwilling to support our courts, our system of Justice and our Constitution is not fit to serve.”  — Rep. Liz Cheney 

“Members of the House don’t get a vote on Supreme Court nominees, but this is as close to a proxy as you’re going to find, since one of Liz Cheney’s closest allies in Washington, D.C. has voted to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the highest court.  

Judge Jackson has shown that she is more than lenient on child sex abusers, does not recognize the natural rights of American citizens as guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, and refused to define a ‘woman’ during the Senate hearings, thereby confirming that she is a left-wing radical and will rule that way as a Justice.  

We can expect her to legislate from the bench and will no doubt write opinions that are harmful to Wyoming.  

You can tell a lot about a person by the company she keeps. Cheney can have Mitt Romney, and I’ll take my support from President Donald Trump, Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, and Sen. Rand Paul. 

I will be an America First member of Congress and will always act in accordance with the views and values of the people of Wyoming.” — Harriet Hageman

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Hageman Says Big Tech Law Changes Needed Even With Elon Musk Purchase Of Twitter

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By Clair McFarland, Staff Writer

Federal laws guaranteeing free speech rights on social media outlets such as Twitter are needed regardless of the ownership of those outlets, according to congressional candidate Harriet Hageman.

Hageman, reacting to the announcement that frequent Twitter critic Elon Musk has become Twitter’s largest shareholder, said she still believes Congress needs to draft free speech laws for such operations.

“Elon Musk is a great innovator and disruptor of the status quo,” Hageman wrote in a Tuesday email to Cowboy State Daily. “We don’t know what impact he will have on Twitter, but right now the platform is an obvious, aggressive opponent of true freedom of expression.” 

Musk, the CEO of Tesla, is joining the Twitter board of directors after years of railing against Twitter’s content policy, which he has openly called censorship. His 9.2% ownership of the company, which was announced Monday, makes him Twitter’s largest shareholder.

Former president Donald Trump, attorney Sidney Powell, entrepreneur Marjorie Taylor Greene, former baseball player Aubrey Huff and satire forum Babylon Bee all have been suspended from Twitter, which cited its content policies against false or manipulated information in making the suspensions. 

“You may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm,” reads Twitter’s content policy, along with other stipulations.  

Town Square 

A few days before his acquisition of Twitter stock, Musk repeated his assertion that Twitter serves as a “town square” for voicing opinions and must be committed to allowing freedom of speech.

“Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy,” he tweeted on March 26. “What should be done?” 

As a Cheyenne attorney, Hageman has promoted the recognition of Twitter and Facebook as “town square” giants that should be forced by federal law to guarantee free speech rights.

Hageman lobbied in 2021 for approval of a bill in the Wyoming Legislature that would have recognized the sites as influential enough to fall subject to First Amendment protections for their users.  

The bill would have forbidden “discrimination based on viewpoint, race, religion and location by interactive computer services, social media platforms and businesses as specified.” 

The bill died in the House Judiciary Committee, where members worried it would amount to government restrictions on private businesses.

Hageman, an opponent to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for the Republican nomination to Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that she feels the laws around social media still need to be revised.  

“Social media has absolutely become the modern-day town square,” wrote Hageman, “where free speech should be at its most unfettered. It ought to offend every American that a handful of Silicon Valley billionaires can restrict how people can express themselves.”  

But she suggested that the change needs addressed at the federal level as well. 

Hageman pointed specifically to a provision of the Communications Decency Act, “Section 230,” which specifies that operators of interactive computer services — such as Twitter and Facebook — cannot be held responsible for what is said on their platforms.

“What’s been at issue has been removing the protections social media companies enjoy in federal law that say they are not publishers, and therefore are not responsible for the content their users post,” she wrote. “Some have called for the complete removal of those protections, but that would have unintended consequences.”  

Sites like Twitter, Hageman wrote, may “censor even more aggressively” if Section 230 was removed.

Hageman said she hopes instead as a member of Congress to reform laws “to reflect the rise of social media’s power, because (the laws) were written before it gained such prominence. 

“Our goal,” she continued, “must be to protect free speech so that no one’s voice is silenced because of their political views.”  

Twitter Poised for Change 

Three days before his acquisition, Musk posted to Twitter a survey asking users if Twitter “rigorously adheres” to free speech. Of respondents, 70.4 % marked “no,” and 29.6% marked “yes.”  

Twitter’s stock has gained by 35% since Musk announced that he’s now the largest shareholder in the company. 

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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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Biden Bans Russian Oil; Cheney, Hageman Come Together In Praise Of Decision

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday banned all oil imports from Russia due to the Ukraine invasion, bringing together two political foes in the process.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and Harriet Hageman, her challenger for the GOP nomination for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, both said Tuesday that Biden made the right decision by taking such a firm stand and banning Russian oil and coal imports.

“After banning the import of Russian energy, the United States should unleash domestic production so that we can be the world’s energy arsenal, instead of allowing our adversaries like Iran or Venezuela to step into this void,” Cheney said. “We should authorize new leases and permits for oil and gas drilling on federal land and cease the development of new regulations that limit energy production.

“In Wyoming and across the country, we have the resources and capabilities to increase production so we can return to American energy independence, provide crucial resources for our allies around the world, and mitigate the higher gas prices and energy costs that hardworking families are facing,” she continued. “This is an economic and national security imperative.” 

America imports about 8% of its oil and other petroleum products from Russia.

Biden said Tuesday that with the Russian oil ban, gas prices will likely continue to increase.

According to The Associated Press, the European Union this week will commit to phasing out its reliance on Russia for energy needs as soon as possible. Europe relies on imports for 90% of its natural gas and 97% of its oil products. Russia supplies 40% of Europe’s natural gas and a quarter of its oil.

The U.S. does not import Russian natural gas.

While Hageman did say Biden made the right choice with the ban, she pointed out what she called several key flaws in his administration’s strategies in recent weeks and months.

“If [Biden] wanted to actually correct his failed energy policies, he would reverse all of his other edicts as well and restore America’s energy independence, achieved by President Trump for the first time in seven decades,” she said. “Biden purposely squandered our energy self-sufficiency, and now must grovel to Venezuela, Iran and OPEC for oil, in some cases appeasing one dictator to punish another.

“Biden has, in effect, turned our foreign policy decisions over to radical environmental extremists, because they are the ones forbidding him from increasing our own domestic energy production,” she continued

Hageman added that Biden’s policies were driving the increase of gas prices to “near-r0ecord levels” even before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

While Hageman sided with Cheney on the import ban, she also criticized the incumbent for her lack of action against Biden, saying the representative should “be raising hell about Biden’s hamstringing of energy producers in our own state.”

“Liz Cheney is too wrapped up in her own personal war with President Trump and her efforts to help Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats distract attention away from Biden’s failed presidency,” Hageman said. “Cheney is viewed by Democrats as a useful, temporary political tool, and has burned almost all of her relationships with Republicans. She has rendered herself completely ineffective.”

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Hageman Reacts to Cheney 2022 Announcement; Cheney Says She Was Always Running

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Congressional candidate Harriet Hageman is calling the news that U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House “exciting.”

But the incumbent’s camp said there actually is nothing new about this.

Cheney appeared on KODI radio station this week and said that she would be a candidate in the 2022 primary and general election for her House seat. However, Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler said this was not an official announcement.

“She’s said it repeatedly and directly before,” Adler told Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday. “I remember she was asked in May 2021 and September 2021 and both times she said she’s definitely running.”

Adler went on to produce five other examples of times where Cheney mentioned she was running again including an interview with Wyoming reporters on September 9, 2021; an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation on January 2, 2022; an appearance on the New York Times’ podcast ‘The Daily‘ on January 6, 2022; an interview with FOX News’ Bret Baier on January 6, 2022; and an appearance at the ‘Defending Democracy Summit‘ in Denver on February 11, 2022.

Cheney was asked during a Tuesday appearance on the radio station if she would be running in the congressional race this year, to which she responded, “I am.”

“We’re going to have a very spirited campaign,” she said. “I know the people of Wyoming recognize and understand how important it is to have somebody who’s going to fight for our energy industry…fight to make sure the heavy hand of government regulation is beat back.”

Hageman said Wednesday that her team thought Cheney would retire this year prior to the election, due to the “disaster” of President Joe Biden’s administration.

“Over 30 Democrats have now announced their retirement from Congress,” Hageman said. “They know that the Biden administration is a disaster, saw the writing on the wall, know the terrible poll numbers, and have heard from people across this great country that they are going to lose.

“We thought Liz Cheney would have joined her Democrat counterparts and retire, but she has decided otherwise,” Hageman continued. “Over the course of a year, Cheney went from being the third most powerful Republican in the House to an outcast. However, yesterday, she announced that she is running again. Her team will flamboyantly announce that they had ‘hundreds of donations’ from people across the country showing support. It’s time to fight back!”

Rod Miller, Cheney’s Republican opponent in 2018 and now a political columnist for Cowboy State Daily, said he thought Hageman’s announcement of Cheney’s non-announcement was humorous.

“If there was ever any doubt about Cheney’s skill in the political arts, she just got her opponent to make her re-election announcement for her,” Miller said.

Once allies, Hageman and Cheney have become political foes over the last six months, after the Hageman announced her intention to challenge Cheney in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone congressional seat. Shortly after, former President Donald Trump endorsed Hageman for the seat.

There are several other candidates in the House race, as well, including state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, Gillette resident Denton Knapp and Riverton resident Marissa Selvig.

Hageman will host two town hall meetings next week in Cheyenne and Gillette alongside U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who also endorsed her for Congress late last year.

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Hageman, Rand Paul To Host Two Wyoming Towns Halls Next Week

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Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman will be joined by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul during two Wyoming town hall meetings next week.

Hageman and Paul, R-Kentucky, will appear at Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne and the Campbell County Public Library in Gillette on Monday. The events are open to the public.

“It is a terrific honor to welcome Sen. Paul to our state, because he is a national leader in the conservative movement and truly in step with our belief in liberty and freedom we all have here in Wyoming,” Hageman said Tuesday. “I am grateful for his support and willingness to come visit with us, because this shows how important it is that we take our only House seat back for the people of Wyoming. When I am in Congress, I will fight every day to protect the freedoms guaranteed to us in the Bill of Rights. As a fourth-generation Wyomingite, this state is in my DNA, and as its Representative, I will fight as hard as I always have.” 

Paul endorsed Hageman for Congress in December.

“Harriet represents the spirit of Wyoming, which is full of people who want to live their lives without the oppressive weight of the federal government on their backs,” he said at the time. “She has a record of fighting against government overreach and will bring that same tenacity to Congress. On foreign policy, she shares my view that we should pursue policies that put America First. I encourage everyone to get behind Harriet Hageman and make her the next congresswoman from Wyoming.”

Hageman, a Cheyenne attorney, is running against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the GOP primary for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat. Hageman, who supported Cheney’s initial run for Congress in 2016, announced her candidacy in September and quickly won an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.

Paul is a political foe of incumbent Cheney who endorsed the late Leland Christensen in 2016 during his run for Congress.

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

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

Paul has said he does not think Cheney is good for the country and alleged that she was trying to sabotage Trump’s foreign policy.

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

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

Former legislators who have endorsed her include former House Speaker Bill McIlvain, R-Cheyenne, Rep. Scott Clem, R-Gillette, Rep. Hans Hunt, R-Newcastle, former Rep. David Miller, R-Lander, Rep. Marti Halverson, R-Etna, and Rep. Teense Willford, R-Saratoga.

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

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Hageman Says US Has Gone From Energy Independent to “Disaster”

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U.S. House candidate Harriet Hageman criticized President Joe Biden’s energy policies during a panel discussion on Friday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Hageman was joined by moderator Sean Spicer, who acted as former President Donald Trump’s spokesman for a time during his administration, and Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Trump, who endorsed Hageman for the House candidacy, was also a featured speaker at CPAC this weekend.

The three panelists touted Trump’s energy policies, but harshly criticized decisions the Biden administration has made regarding coal, oil and natural gas since he took office in 2021.

“Wyoming is the largest coal producer in the nation,” Hageman said. “I went back and looked at policy under the Obama administration, and they very clearly stated that there is no such thing as energy independence…it’s simply not going to happen. Then we had President Trump elected, and what happened? Energy independence.”

Hageman connected the inflated prices in gas, grocery stores and more to misguided energy policies coming out of the Biden administration, which she described as a “disaster.”

“We have an administration that has gone to war with the citizens of this country, and everything they’re doing is increasing the cost of energy and fuel, food, housing, all of it,” she said.

She added that energy independence meant national security, which the Biden administration did not understand.

Later in the panel, she again touted Wyoming’s clean coal and the fact the state is able to produce it safely, as well as denouncing claims of climate change.

“We are not in a situation where we have too much carbon, we’ve got this idea of global warming and climate change,” she said. “What it’s really doing is it’s making America very, very weak, and it’s making our enemies very, very strong, because they’re not willing to destroy their economies in their countries for pursuing this radical green environmental agenda.”

She also encouraged viewers and listeners to push back against the idea that the federal government has the right to dictate to states how they should develop and use the energy they produce.

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More Of Hageman’s Early Donors Come From Wyoming Than Any Other State

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More of Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman’s donations in the opening weeks of her campaign came from Wyoming  than any other state, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The reports showed that Hageman received $175,600 from individual donors in Wyoming in the third quarter of 2021, more than nine times the amount donated by residents of Texas, $19,450, which was in second place among states for donations to campaign.

The amount coming from Wyoming donors to Hageman, who started her campaign in September, is also just a little below what U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney raised from Wyoming contributors through the third quarter of 2021, $176,530.

A Cowboy State Daily story published Tuesday, Feb. 1, erroneously reported that Cheney collected the $176,530 through all of 2021.

Donations from Wyoming individuals made up about 80.4% of the total of individual contributions to Hageman’s campaign in the third quarter of the year, the report said.

Other states with donors to Hageman’s campaign included California at $11,700, Florida at $10,755 and North Carolina at $5,800.In the final quarter of 2021, Hageman’s receipts totaled $443,460, bringing to $745,381 her fundraising total for all of 2021, according to reports filed with the FEC.

By comparison, Cheney, who has not yet formally announced whether she will seek re-election, raised $1.97 million in the last quarter of 2021, bringing her fundraising total for the year to $6.4 million.

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, raised $25,477 in the last quarter of the year to bring his fundraising total to $634,813.

More donations also came to Bouchard from Wyoming than any other state through Sept. 30, the reports said, totaling $53,676, almost 8.8% of his total individual donations through the period.

Other states with donors to Bouchard’s campaign through Sept. 30 included Colorado at $24,475, California at $22,023, Florida at $19,310, and Texas at $9,588.

When Hageman announced her entry into the race, winning an endorsement from former President Donald Trump just hours later, several candidates dropped out of the campaign. Bouchard remained in the race and a spokesman for his campaign, April Poley, questioned the success of Hageman’s fundraising.

“I suspect Trump and (the) Club for Growth are disappointed in her dismal fundraising,” she told Cowboy State Daily. “She has all of the conservative media at her fingertips, yet this is the best she could do. Her report is an utter failure and the insiders know it.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rand Paul Endorses Hageman For Congress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former legislators who have endorsed her include former House Speaker Bill McIlvain, R-Cheyenne, Rep. Scott Clem, R-Gillette, Rep. Hans Hunt, R-Newcastle, former Rep. David Miller, R-Lander, Rep. Marti Halverson, R-Etna, and Rep. Teense Willford, R-Saratoga.

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

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Hageman Bashes Cheney During Interview With Bannon

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Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman used an appearance this week on the television show of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to again criticize incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

During the interview on Bannon’s “War Room,” Hageman steadily attacked Cheney, questioning her accomplishments while in Congress.

“Liz Cheney really has accomplished very little in her life other than be Liz Cheney,” Hageman said. “Tell me what she’s done. Tell me what she’s done in terms of fighting the battles that I fought. I’ve taken on the EPA, I’ve taken on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I’ve taken on the USDA. I’ve done that.”

Bannon asked Hageman if she had the stamina to continue working against Cheney until the state’s primary election in August.

“I think the better question is: does she have the fight in her to defeat me?” Hageman said. “I’m a fighter and Liz Cheney never has had to be.”

She added that Cheney has had “everything” given to her and that she would not be in her current congressional position if she were not the daughter of a former vice president.

Hageman also differed with the sentiment that Cheney has the raw talent and ability to be in a leadership position.

“She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth,” Hageman said.

The House candidate again criticized Cheney for her lack of Wyoming roots, saying the representative only came back to Wyoming in 2012 and bought a house in the state because she was going to run for Senate.

Hageman announced her candidacy against Cheney in September, with a glowing endorsement from former President Donald Trump quickly following. Since then, House candidates Darin Smith and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, have dropped out of the race.

Prior to her candidacy, Hageman supported Cheney in her 2012 bid for a U.S. Senate seat representing Wyoming and also in her first campaign for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat in 2016.

Bannon, who is facing federal prosecution, has his own connections with Cheney. He will go to court sometime next summer, according to CNBC, on charges of contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with a U.S. House committee looking into the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Cheney serves on the committee.

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Hageman Releases First Paid Congressional Campaign Ad

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Nearly three months after announcing her campaign for U.S. House, candidate Harriet Hageman released her first paid advertisement this week.

“Right now, the most important job Republicans have in Washington, D.C. is to stop Nancy Pelosi and the radical Democrats from destroying our country,” Hageman said in the video.

The ad focuses on the theme of “riding for the brand,” which Hageman touted in a recent guest editorial.

“When a cowboy rode for the brand, it meant they were loyal to their outfit, to the person that hired them, to the one that paid them, they gave their promise to protect the brand and fight for it as if it were their own,” said one of the cowboys featured in the ad.

The cowboy then goes on to say that U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney does not ride for the brand, but is too busy fighting against former President Donald Trump, pointing as an example to her appointment to the Jan. 6 commission investigating the events leading up to the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“She betrayed us, she betrayed our values, she betrayed the brand,” the cowboy said.

One of Hageman’s brothers, Hugh Hageman, also appeared in the ad, hailing the fact that the Hageman family has been in Wyoming since before it was declared a state.

“Harriet has spent her career fighting for us against unelected federal bureaucrats trying to change our way of life,” he said in the ad, listing off a number of Hageman’s accomplishments.

Hageman announced her campaign for Congress in September, with an endorsement from Trump quickly following.

Cheney quickly reacted to the endorsement by posting Trump’s statement on her Twitter account, along with two words:  “Bring it.”

Hageman has regularly commented on Cheney’s lack of Wyoming ties and touted her own conservative record as to why she is the best choice for the House.

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

Former legislators who have endorsed her include former House Speaker Bill McIlvain, R-Cheyenne, Rep. Scott Clem, R-Gillette, Rep. Hans Hunt, R-Newcastle, former Rep. David Miller, R-Lander, Rep. Marti Halverson, R-Etna, and Rep. Teense Willford, R-Saratoga.

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

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler did not immediately respond to questions about when Cheney would officially announce her re-election campaign.

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Harriet Hageman: I Will Ride For The Brand

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By Harriet Hageman, guest columnist

When your family has been in Wyoming since before statehood, you learn the Code of the West. I learned on my family’s ranch that when you sign on to work for an outfit, when you take a job, you stay loyal to the people who hired you. You ride for the brand.

The idea of riding for the brand means something specific to Wyoming, especially when it comes to the 2022 race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Which candidate exemplifies that basic principle?

As a constitutional attorney, I have spent my career fighting for Wyoming, largely against the federal government’s relentless and unlawful overreach. Environmental extremists and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., who know nothing about Wyoming’s way of life, are always threatening the ability of people to make it the way my family did.

I have fought in court to protect Wyoming against intrusive regulations and to defend property rights. Once called one of the “fiercest and most effective” opponents of the Clinton administration, I ensured that we had continuing access to forest lands by challenging the Roadless Rule. I have battled with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. And every time I was in the arena, I was fighting to protect water rights, property rights, and constitutional rights for the people of Wyoming.

Most recently, I was co-counsel in a class action lawsuit filed against the Biden administration, challenging their unconstitutional vaccine mandate because it violates the right to bodily integrity and the right to decline medical treatment. The unlawful mandate also fails to take into account that people who have already contracted and recovered from COVID-19 have acquired natural immunity that may be greater than that provided by the vaccine.

That’s called riding for the brand.

My opponent in this race, Rep. Liz Cheney, has demonstrated that she has no comprehension of the Code of the West.

When we sent her to Congress, she took a job in which she was expected to represent our interests, to defend our values. To ride for the brand.

She has been a colossal disappointment.

Both she and President Donald Trump received about 70 percent of the vote in the 2020 election.  We voted for both of them by such wide margins because they were supposed to be allies and defend our Wyoming values.

Cheney decided to go her own way, even before that 2020 election.

When the New York Times ran a sensational story in June 2020, backed only by anonymous sources, claiming that Russia was paying bounties to militants to attack American troops in Afghanistan. Cheney did not wait for the facts to come out. She pounced on the story and used it as a weapon against Trump.

We now know that the story of Russian bounties was baseless, but the episode is proof that Cheney’s hatred of Trump was beginning to emerge in the middle of last year.

Her animosity toward the 45th President burst out into the open when she voted with the Democrats to impeach him without having all of the facts. 

As a constitutional attorney, I am appalled that Cheney would claim that she was “upholding the Constitution” with her impeachment vote, when those very proceedings denied the President of the United States the due process to which he was entitled.

But that wasn’t enough for Cheney – she had to go even further in her own personal war with Trump.

She joined forces with Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the political witch hunt euphemistically called the “January 6th Commission,” which exists only to further attack the former President and anyone who supports him.

Now that we in Wyoming are suffering the consequences and travesty that is the Biden administration, I’d wager that President Trump is even more popular in Wyoming than when he received 70 percent of the vote in the last election. But Liz Cheney has gone the other way.

Far from riding for the brand, Cheney has left the bunkhouse, run across the road, jumped into the gulch, and thrown her lot in with the rival outfit – you know the kind

Right now, the most important job Republicans have in Washington, D.C. is to stop Nancy Pelosi and the radical Democrats from destroying our country. I’m running for Congress from Wyoming, and I know what it means to ride for the brand.

Harriet Hageman is a Wyoming native, a constitutional attorney, a former Republican National Committeewoman from Wyoming, and a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wyoming.

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Hageman Wins Endorsement From Cubin, Others

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A former congresswoman from Wyoming has added her name to the list of past and present officials to endorse the congressional campaign of Republican Harriet Hageman.

Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin, who represented Wyoming in Congress from 1995 to 2007, has joined about 20 elected officials to back Hageman in her GOP primary challenge of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney. Hageman won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump in September.

“I am grateful and honored to have the strong support of all of these great leaders from Wyoming.  I was born here, learned my Wyoming values here, and have made most of my professional career here,” Hageman said this week. “Wyoming wants a member of Congress who not only represents our interests but one who is willing to fight to protect us from the Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia elitists.  Our current Representative does neither.  We only have one member of the House, and we must get it right. As Wyoming’s lone congressional representative, I will always reflect the views and values of the people of our great state.”

Cubin could not immediately be contacted for comment.

The campaign issued a list this week of officials to endorse Hageman and it included current legislators Rep. John Bear, R-Gillette, Sen. Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle and Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett.

Former legislators who have endorsed her include former House Speaker Bill McIlvain, R-Cheyenne, Rep. Scott Clem, R-Gillette, Rep. Hans Hunt, R-Newcastle, former Rep. David Miller, R-Lander, Rep. Marti Halverson, R-Etna, and Rep. Teense Willford, R-Saratoga.

In September, Trump said he “strongly endorsed” Hageman while calling Cheney a “warmonger,” and a “disloyal Republican.”

“Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney,” he said.

Cheney quickly reacted to the endorsement by posting Trump’s statement on her Twitter account, along with two words:  “Bring it.”

Hageman has regularly commented on Cheney’s lack of Wyoming ties and touted her own conservative record as to why she is the best choice for the House.

“I’m running for Congress because I am a deep-rooted Wyomingite who is sick of being misrepresented in Washington. We need a tough conservative to stand up against Nancy Pelosi, not help her divide Republicans,” Hageman said.

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Harriet Hageman: Wyoming Needs A Congresswoman Who Will Fight Government Overreach

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By Harriet Hageman, guest columnist

The recent elections showed that Americans are fed up with governmental overreach trampling our freedoms.  From COVID-19 restrictions, to mandates, to lost liberties and forever wars, the scope and power of the federal government must be curtailed. 

As a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wyoming, I promise that, once elected, I will oppose government intrusions and fight to restore our freedoms.

Earlier this month, as Senior Litigation Counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance, I helped file a class action lawsuit against Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate. The named plaintiffs and class representatives are federal employees who acquired natural immunity after contracting and recovering from COVID-19.

Biden’s vaccine mandate violates our constitutional rights to bodily integrity and to decline medical treatment. It also violates the federal Emergency Use Authorization law, which confirms patients’ rights to informed consent and to decline such a vaccine. Outside of the draconian response to the pandemic, our federal government has long been waging war on American citizens, asserting increasing authority over our everyday lives. 

The progressive “Institute for Policy Studies” reports that, since September 11, 2001, taxpayers have funded $21 trillion worth of “militarization, surveillance, and repression.”

The passage of the Patriot Act after 9/11 was meant to protect our citizens. We now know that it instead gave the federal government the perfect tool, along with extraordinary powers, to spy on us, surveil us, and deny due process to American citizens.  

The Patriot Act makes it much easier for the federal government to compile and stockpile information about citizens by forcing just about anyone to turn over documents, including doctors, libraries, bookstores, universities, and Internet providers. All the federal government must do is tell a judge that the request is related to an ongoing foreign intelligence or terrorism-related investigation. Neither probable cause nor reasonable suspicion of criminal activity is required.

Our experiences today prove the adage that the more government grows, the more liberty shrinks.

As the outrageous tale of the “Steele Dossier” demonstrates, federal abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts have been rampant and lawless. The dossier was paid for by Hillary Clinton and compiled by British spy Christopher Steele, who employed Russian citizen Igor Danchenko as a source. Even though the “dossier” was a lie, the FBI used it to launch an investigation under the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Danchenko has now been charged with five counts of lying to the FBI.

It is blatantly unconstitutional for a secret court to issue secret FISA warrants to secretly target American citizens, violating their Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, invasions of privacy, and denial of due process.

That the government might expand and abuse its own power should not be surprising, just as it should not be shocking that the military industrial complex keeps itself fed through so-called “forever wars.”

Biden will always be remembered for bungling the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, although most agree that it was past time to end that 20-year war. But Rep. Liz Cheney, my opponent in Wyoming, is a darling of the military contractors who keep the wheels greased in Congress. Her activities may help D.C. and northern Virginia, but they do nothing to protect our coal and oil and gas industries,

Congress votes on the National Defense Authorization Act to fund our military.  It’s in that process that some of the unseemliest horse-trading goes on. Defenders of the bloated Pentagon budget, like Cheney, get what they want, and the liberals in Congress are tossed a few treats as well. This year the Armed Services Committee, of which Cheney is a member, voted on an amendment to draft girls and young women to serve in the military. 

Cheney, along with all but one Democrat and four other Republicans, voted in favor of that amendment; Twenty-three Republicans voted against it, as I would have. No civilized society drafts young girls to fight wars. Period. 

It is also telling that Cheney occupies a seat on the Armed Services Committee, rather than on Natural Resources, where Wyoming’s lone Representative historically sits. Wyoming cares more about our ability to responsibly use our own energy resources, land, and water than we do about fat government checks for defense contractors, so this reveals where Cheney’s priorities lie.

Wyoming has only one member of the House, so we must get it right. It’s time we had someone who put Americans – and Wyomingites – first.

Harriet Hageman is a Wyoming native, an attorney, a former Republican National Committeewoman from Wyoming, and a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wyoming.

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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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Hageman Called Cheney a “Courageous Constitutional Conservative” in 2016

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hageman Says She Was Fooled Into Opposing Trump In 2016

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Congressional candidate Harriet Hageman was fooled into opposing the presidential bid of former President Donald Trump in 2016 by “Democrats and Liz Cheney’s friends in the media,” she said Monday.

Hageman, responding to a New York Times article about her current support for Trump compared to her opposition to his campaign in 2016, said she learned that what was being said about Trump then was untrue.

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

Hageman has won Trump’s endorsement of her campaign for the Republican nomination for Wyoming’s U.S. House seat. The former president has vowed to oppose U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s re-election because of her vote to impeach him in connection with the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol.

Cheney has not formally announced whether she will seek re-election, but Hageman, in announcing her candidacy, specifically targeted Cheney for what she called Cheney’s betrayal of Wyoming voters.

The New York Times article, written by Reid J. Epstein, described Hageman’s condemnation of Trump as “somebody who is racist and xenophobic.”

The article called Hageman’s current support for Trump “one of the most striking illustrations yet of the political elasticity demonstrated both by ambitious Republicans in the Trump era and by the former president himself…”

But Hageman said support for Trump was common among Republicans who took a closer look at him during the 2016 GOP Convention.

“It’s true I was a (U.S. Sen. Ted) Cruz delegate at the convention in 2016, as were most of the Wyoming delegates,” she said. “Like me, there were a lot of people who initially supported other candidates and then came to rally behind President Trump when he won the nomination.”

Wyoming’s Republican Party in 2016 backed Cruz’s presidential campaign.

Hageman added she is proud to support Trump now.

“He was the greatest president of my lifetime and I am proud to have been able to re-nominate him in 2020,” she said. “And I’m proud to strongly support him today. Our country would be in a better place with him still in office.”

The New York Times article also discussed what it called Hageman’s involvement during the 2016 convention in an effort to “unbind” delegates who had pledged support to one candidate so they could vote for any candidate to be the GOP’s presidential candidate.

Hageman said as a member of the convention’s Rules Committee, she focused on two issues. One was to close primaries so that only registered Republicans could vote in GOP primary elections.

The other was a proposal to give states with a high proportion of Republican officials, such as Wyoming, more delegates at the convention.

“In a state like Wyoming, where we have a Republican governor, a Legislature that is primarily Republican, and an all-Republican congressional delegation, we should be rewarded for that,” she said.

Hageman dismissed the New York Times story as “the national news media trying to ride to Liz Cheney’s defense by attacking me.”

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Hageman Won’t Acknowledge Biden’s Presidency In Interview

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Congressional candidate Harriet Hageman declined to acknowledge the presidency of Joe Biden several times in an interview with CNN this week.

In an interview published Thursday, Hageman also called former President Donald Trump the “leader of the [Republican] party” and questioned the integrity of the 2020 election.

“She repeatedly declined to acknowledge that Joe Biden won, and said, ‘I think that there are legitimate questions about what happened during the 2020 election,'” said the article published on CNN’s website. “Hageman said, ‘The legitimate questions are: ‘What happened?'”

The idea that Biden did not legitimately win the White House has been blamed as a root cause of the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, as Congress was certifying the results from November’s general election.

Hageman announced her candidacy for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat last week, just hours before Trump endorsed her campaign.

In an interview with Fox News she gave last week, Hageman said she was running for the seat because U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney had “betrayed” Wyoming.

“It’s very simple: Liz Cheney has betrayed Wyoming,” Hageman said. “She betrayed all of us and she betrayed me. Had I known five years ago that Liz Cheney would align herself with [Speaker of the House Nancy] Pelosi and the radical Democrats in Washington, D.C., I probably wouldn’t have taken that first phone call.”

Hageman said she is unhappy with Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump earlier this year on allegations he encouraged attendees at a rally to invade the U.S. Capitol and her appointment to serve on a commission investigating the invasion.

During her interview, Hageman made a dig at Cheney’s lack of time spent in Wyoming. Hageman noted she is a Wyoming native whose family has lived in the state for generations.

“The state of Wyoming deserves to be represented by someone from Wyoming, by someone who was born and raised here, as I was, someone who has Wyoming’s best interests at heart,” she said.

Cheney was not impressed with the candidacy announcement or Trump endorsement.

“She [Hageman] is now abandoning that principle, sacrificing her oath, abandoning her duty to the people of Wyoming — in order to pledge loyalty to Donald Trump,” Cheney said in a call with Wyoming reporters last week.

Cheney said it was “tragic to see that kind of opportunism” and was “inconsistent with Wyoming values.”

Two candidates have dropped out of the race since Hageman’s announcement: Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and Casper Rep. Chuck Gray.

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Hageman Says She’s Running For Congress Because Cheney Betrayed Wyoming

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. House of Representatives candidate Harriet Hageman gave her first televised interview on Thursday night, telling Fox News host Laura Ingraham she was running for the lone House seat because incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney “betrayed” Wyoming.

Ingraham pointed out that Hageman has previously been a Cheney friend, supporter and donor and questioned what made her want to enter the House race.

“It’s very simple: Liz Cheney has betrayed Wyoming,” Hageman replied. “She betrayed all of us and she betrayed me. Had I known five years ago that Liz Cheney would align herself with [Speaker of the House Nancy] Pelosi and the radical Democrats in Washington, D.C., I probably wouldn’t have taken that first phone call.”

Hageman only announced her candidacy on Thursday, with an endorsement from former President Donald Trump following just hours later.

In that time, two House candidates have exited the race, Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith and Bryan Miller. However, candidates Sen. Anthony Bouchard and Denton Knapp will stay in the race.

Rep. Chuck Gray has not responded to requests for comment about whether or not he will drop out.

Hageman said some of the issues she took with Cheney was the congresswoman’s decision to impeach the former president earlier this year following the Capitol riot in January, as well as her serving on the Jan. 6 commission investigating the events of the riot.

“She is focusing on issues that are important to the Democrats in Washington, D.C. as they attempt to deflect attention from the absolute disaster that is the Biden administration,” she said. “She continues to bash President Trump, as well as the citizens of Wyoming.”

Hageman added that Wyoming’s voters sent her to Washington, D.C. to be Trump’s ally, as 70% of the state voted for him in the 2020 presidential election, and to pursue conservative values.

Ingraham pointed to Cheney’s response to Hageman’s congressional campaign announcement with a tweet saying “Bring it,” but the attorney was not intimidated by her opponent.

“I’m not sure that that projects a lot of confidence,” Hageman said. “She wants to spend her time fighting with President Trump rather than fighting Biden and Pelosi.”

During her interview, Hageman made a dig at Cheney’s lack of time spent in Wyoming, noting she is a Wyoming native whose family has lived in the state for generations.

“The state of Wyoming deserves to be represented by someone from Wyoming, by someone who was born and raised here, as I was, someone who has Wyoming’s best interests at heart,” she said.

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Trump Endorses Hageman, Says Lummis Supports Her Too; Cheney Says “Bring It”

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday formally endorsed Wyoming attorney and past gubernatorial candidate Harriet Hageman.

Trump said he “strongly endorsed” Hageman while calling Cheney a “warmonger,” and a “disloyal Republican.”

“Unlike RINO Liz Cheney, Harriet is all in for America First. Harriet has my Complete and Total Endorsement in replacing the Democrats number one provider of sound bites, Liz Cheney,” he said.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney quickly reacted to the endorsement by posting Trump’s statement on her Twitter account along with two words:  “Bring it.”

In typical Trump fashion, a degree of drama was included in the endorsement. In this case, he let people know that Wyoming’s junior senator endorsed Hageman as well.

“Harriet is a fourth-generation daughter of Wyoming, a very successful attorney, and has the support and respect of a truly great U.S. Senator, Wyoming’s own Cynthia Lummis,” he said.

Lummis didn’t disavow Trump’s announcement telling the Washington Examiner that she’s known Hageman for decades.

“She is a fabulous choice for President Trump — and I’m just leaving it at that,” she said. “Take my statement at face value. That’s all I’m saying.”

Wyoming’s other Sen. John Barrasso has yet to weigh-in on the endorsement.

“Harriet Hageman adores the Great State of Wyoming, is strong on Crime and Borders, powerfully supports the Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will fight for Election Integrity and Energy Independence (which Biden has already given up),” Trump said.

Earlier on Thursday, Hageman formally announced she was running for U.S. Congress.

Choosing to make the initial announcement digitally (on Facebook and on her website), Hageman said Cheney “doesn’t represent Wyoming” and that the state “deserves better.”

“I’m running for Congress because I am a Deep-Rooted Wyomingite who is sick of being misrepresented in Washington. We need a Tough Conservative to stand up against Nancy Pelosi, not help her divide Republicans,” Hageman said.

On Tuesday, she resigned as the state’s national Republican commiteewoman.

Of the other candidates who are running against Cheney, only state Sen. Anthony Bouchard offered an immediate response to Trump’s selection of Hageman.

“Harriet has never been elected,” he 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.”

Later in the day, Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith announced he would drop out of the race.

Sheridan County GOP chair Bryan Miller dropped out as well. This was surprising to some observers who didn’t know he was ever in the race in the first place.

Gillette veteran Denton Knapp announced he was staying in the race while State Rep. Chuck Gray has not returned phone calls or emails regarding his status.

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Report: Donald Trump to Endorse Harriett Hageman in US Congress Race

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By Jimmy Orr and Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Politico is reporting on Wednesday morning that former President Donald Trump will endorse 2016 Wyoming gubernatorial candidate Harriett Hageman for Wyoming’s lone congressional seat.

Hageman, who resigned from her post as National Committeewoman with the Wyoming Republican Party on Tuesday, reportedly met with Trump last month but has been tight-lipped about the meeting.

“Donald Trump is set to back Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman as she prepares a primary challenge against GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, according to three people with knowledge of his plans, marking the most important political endorsement yet in Trump’s post-presidency,” the report reads.

Hageman offered no comment on the story.

The media organization said that Trump’s “allies and team” encouraged Hageman to run and are now actively trying to “clear the field” from other challengers. There are at least eight candidates (outside of Cheney) in the race.

The most high-profile candidates thus far have been State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, State Rep. Chuck Gray, and Cheyenne Attorney Darin Smith. Gray and Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bouchard said Hageman’s campaign announcement is tied to Cheney’s lack of intent to run for re-election next year.

“Cheney has no intention of running for re-election in Wyoming, “Bouchard told Cowboy State Daily. “Her eyes are on the presidency and keeping Trump out of the oval office. She is gleaming with pride…at the endorsement of her good friend Harriet Hageman. The Wyoming Republican Party, the same party leaders that got us Cheney, has chosen her BFF as her replacement.”

“Harriet has never been elected,” he 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.”

In Hageman’s resignation letter to Frank Eathorne, the head of Wyoming’s Republican Party, she made it clear she disagreed with Congresswoman Cheney’s decision to vote to impeach former President Trump.

“I also believe that by censuring Rep. Liz Cheney we sent the strong message that we expect our elected officials to respect the views and values of the people who elected them,” Hageman wrote. “Accountability is key and I am proud of our party for demanding it.”

The Politico story says the former president’s campaign staff have already met with Hageman and are ready to join her effort to topple Cheney.

“Top Trump staffers and allies are in her corner, including some who are in talks to occupy key roles on her campaign or with a super PAC prepared to back her. Some former Trump campaign hands and advisers met with Hageman in March at the urging of local conservatives,” the report reads.

Joe Barbuto, chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party, said Gov. Mark Gordon is the “real winner” if Hageman runs for Congress.

“I’ve been hearing for several months that Hageman was gearing up to run against him. I think it’s a big reason that he’s been so anxious to impress and build up cred with the far right wing of his party,” Barbuto said on Facebook.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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