(TheIndependentStar.com) – The 2022 midterm elections are undoubtedly incredibly important for Republicans. The party needs to win big to regain some control in Congress.
However, core Republicans also want to rid the party of those who do not support the viewpoints and values of the GOP. This includes those members of Congress who have not been supportive of former President Donald Trump.
Most at risk is Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY). The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is up for reelection in 2022, and primary challengers are quickly lining up to try to take her seat.
Cheney’s Rocky Relationship with the GOP
Cheney has been at odds with Republicans for most of this year due to her outspoken opposition to former President Donald Trump. The Wyoming Republican Party censured her on February 6 for her vote in favor of impeachment earlier in the year.
House Republicans removed her as conference chair due to her continual actions against Trump and the party. Prior to this, she was the third-ranked GOP representative in the House in terms of seniority.
On July 1, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) named her to the January 6 committee of investigation. She decided to remain on the panel after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) removed all his committee nominees when Pelosi rejected two of them. Cheney’s decision prompted McCarthy to call her a “Pelosi Republican.”
Her Political Future Is Uncertain
So far, there are eight people challenging the GOP nomination for Cheney’s House seat in Wyoming. Notable names opposing her include State Representative Chuck Gray, Mayor Marissa Joy Selvig, and State Senator Anthony Bouchard.
Former President Trump has been speaking with various potential challengers in hopes of finding one strong candidate who can dethrone Cheney. Many voters are likely to follow his lead. He won the state with around 70% of the vote in last year’s presidential election.
Political strategists say Cheney’s actions have made for a difficult reelection bid. She’s constantly going after the very popular former president and the GOP, which doesn’t reflect what the majority of her constituents seem to want.
She still does have a recognizable name, and she’s an excellent fundraiser. Those things will keep her competitive in the race, but it remains to be seen if they can win it for her.
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