GOP senator declines to address Trump claim that she is joining him in opposing Liz Cheney
EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming would neither confirm nor deny former President Donald Trump's claim that she is joining him in opposing Rep. Liz Cheney's reelection bid.
In a statement announcing his endorsement of Harriet Hageman, a challenger to Cheney in the 2022 Republican primary for Wyoming's at-large House seat, Trump said, "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."
However, Lummis, in a brief telephone conversation with the Washington Examiner, would not confirm Trump's revelation that Wyoming's junior senator is throwing her political weight behind Hageman.
"I’ll tell you, I've known Harriet Hageman for decades. She is a fabulous choice for President Trump — and I’m just leaving it at that," Lummis said Thursday. "Take my statement at face value. That’s all I’m saying."
Cheney crossed Trump by voting to impeach him early in the year for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The congresswoman has not kept quiet about her issues with Trump since then, prompting multiple campaigns against her by GOP primary challengers, who smell political blood in a state that twice supported the former president with around 70% of the vote.
In endorsing Hageman early, Trump is hoping the other Republicans in the contest drop out, creating a one-on-one primary that could be difficult for Cheney to win. The congresswoman has vowed not to bow out and views the campaign as something of a proxy battle with the Trump forces inside the Republican Party.
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Original Author: David M. Drucker
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