During an event at Syracuse University on Monday (October 3), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) explained she wasn’t “choosy” about who supported her when asked how she felt about liberal Democrats being among her supporters.
“As a lifelong Republican, how painful is it to have liberal Democrats in your fan club now?” Provost Gretchen Ritter questioned Cheney.
In response, Cheney laughed, claiming, “I’m not choosy these days,” a response that solicited chuckles from the audience.
Cheney has been shunned by her Republican colleagues and embraced by lawmakers across the aisle for her stance on former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the January 6 insurrection.
Since turning against Trump, Cheney has lost her role as House GOP conference chairwoman and has recently been defeated in Wyoming’s reelection primary losing her role as the state’s sole representative, with Wyoming voters choosing Trump-backed Harriet Hageman instead.
But it’s not only Cheney calling out Trump for perpetuating a lie that the 2020 elections were stolen or her voting to impeach him that led to her ousting in the GOP, Cheney’s ongoing role as vice chairwoman in the January 6 House Select Committee, seems to be most influential in sealing her political fate.
In the months before the Wyoming primary, Cheney had to acknowledge her support among the GOP had dwindled and that even the backing of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, wouldn’t be enough to retain her position.
The realization led to her urging Democrats to switch party affiliation so they could vote for her in the primaries.
Although the strategy didn’t bear its intended fruit, The New York Times reported that dozens of voters in Wyoming were re-registering as Republicans to vote for Cheney.