Trump-endorsed challenger seeks to paint Liz Cheney as swamp creature, Wyoming carpetbagger

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Lawyer Harriet Hageman using Cheney decision to drop from Natural Resources Committee as point of attack.

The Republican challenger hoping to forcibly retire Rep. Liz Cheney from Congress has a pointed message for Wyoming voters: Their current congresswoman is more concerned about Virginia’s military bases than her home state’s energy and natural resources.

In an interview with Just the News this month, Hageman relentlessly criticized Cheney for dropping this year from the House Natural Resources Committee, where she had served since 2017, to focus exclusively on her House Armed Services Committee assignment and the Jan. 6 commission investigation.

The messaging is unmistakable: Cheney is essentially a Wyoming carpetbagger more aligned with the interests of Virginia, where she lives in the Washington suburbs when Congress is in session.

“The fact is that Liz Cheney broke from Wyoming, well, over a year ago,” Hageman said in an interview last week with the John Solomon Reports podcast. “We believe very strongly in Wyoming in the America first agenda, the Wyoming first agenda, energy independence, and being able to … manage and use our natural resources.

“We do not have a representative on the Natural Resource Committee, because Liz Cheney chose to go on the Armed Services Committee. And while that may benefit Virginia, it doesn’t do a doggone thing for the state of Wyoming.”

Hageman, a lawyer whose work has supported the mining, ranching and energy interests in her state, cited as a consequence a recent bill that passed the House Natural Resources Committee that imposes new regulations and fees.

“What this bill is designed to do is just to destroy our mining industry in Wyoming,” she said. “Wyoming had no representative on that committee, because Liz Cheney chose not to serve on the all-important natural resource committee, because she wanted to be on a committee that would benefit Virginia where she lives.”

Both women running for the GOP nomination hail from Wyoming royalty. Cheney’s father held the same seat she does during the 1980s, before becoming defense secretary and vice president during the Bush dynasty.

Hageman’s father was a longtime state representative with deep ties to the natural resources industries (energy, mining and ranchers) that make Wyoming click.

By John Solomon

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