House GOP Leader McCarthy endorses Cheney opponent Hageman in Wyoming GOP primary; Hageman grateful

“After spending time with Harriet, it is readily apparent she will always listen and prioritize the needs of her local communities and is focused on tackling our nation’s biggest problems," McCarthy says

Updated: February 18, 2022 - 12:00am

House RepublicanLeader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman, who is running against Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, the former GOP conference chair.

Hageman has also been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. 

“I am very grateful for Leader McCarthy’s strong support, and I pledge that when I am Wyoming’s congresswoman, I will always stand up for our beautiful state and do the job I was sent there to do," Hageman said. "I look forward to representing Wyoming's interests in Congress."

Cheney voted in favor of impeaching Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. She also accepted Pelosi's appointment to the House Select Committee on Jan. 6. 

“After spending time with Harriet, it is readily apparent she will always listen and prioritize the needs of her local communities and is focused on tackling our nation’s biggest problems,” McCarthy said, according to the Federalist. “I look forward to serving with Harriet for years to come.”

Cheney was replaced as conference chair with New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Hageman said Cheney has "completely lost the ability to do her job of representing Wyoming as our only member of the House of Representatives."

"The Democrats in Washington, D.C. only see her as a temporary but useful tool to achieve their partisan goals, and the Republicans want nothing to do with her. It is her responsibility to fight for Wyoming and represent our values, and she has completely abandoned that," she said.

"Wyoming deserves a congresswoman who will combat the disastrous Biden administration and hold them accountable for their policies which are ravaging our energy industries, destroying our sovereignty by obliterating our southern border, robbing our citizens of prosperity through catastrophic inflation, and encroaching on our constitutional rights. Cheney is doing nothing to help us, she is actively damaging the Republican Party – both in Wyoming and nationally – and it’s time for her to go," she added.

According to the biography on Hageman's campaign website, she has been "fighting back" for 20 years against federal agencies that attempt to usurp the rights of Americans with "overbearing regulations." 

"Liz Cheney cast her lot with the Washington, D.C. elites and those who use their power to further their own agenda at our expense," reads a statement on Hageman's campaign website. "We deserve better."

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