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

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

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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Rand Paul Endorses Hageman For Congress

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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